I have three things to share in this post.
That’s it and then I will stop talking. Well, probably not, but I do promise to be present and listen so you can talk. This week, I’ve got veggies on the mind, so without further ado:
1. Try a new veggie this week. My challenge to you. Something you don’t think you like. Something you didn’t like as a child. Something you’ve never seen before. One. New. Veggie. Check out farmer’s markets. This time of year is the perfect time to get to know a farmer, if you’re not one. Or the perfect time to bug a neighbor who has a backyard garden going. Here’s a site for farmer’s markets. Be sure to confirm hours with the pandemic affecting these kinds of things.
2. Broccoli sprouts. Wish I could offer you some to try. They’re innocuous. A bit stronger tasting than alfalfa, not as pungent as radish sprouts. They’re spendy in stores—and the packets are teeny tiny—but super easy to grow at home. On the counter. In a jar. Rather than tell you how I do it and reinvent the wheel, check out these simple instructions from Dr. Patrick Quillen:
How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts
1. First, buy seeds for sprouting that are either approved by International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) or USDA certified organic.
2. Find a glass container with large mouth, some cheesecloth and a few strong rubber bands.
3. Place around 3 tablespoons of sprouting seeds with three times the amount of purified water into the jar. Gently shake the jar to soak up all the seeds. Place the cheesecloth over the mouth and secure it with a rubber band.
4. Allow the seeds to soak for six to twelve hours, then drain them thoroughly and rinse.
5. Leave the jar on its side and away from direct sunlight. Repeat this process till sprouts appear.
6. By day 3, the seeds will sprout. In 3 more days, the sprouts will attain their maximum carcinogen detoxifying properties.
Actual sprouting kits are available on-line which can simplify the process even more. I order seeds and kits through my buying club, Frontier Natural Products Coop, and they are also available other places online, such as Vitacost, if you’re interested in avoiding Amazon because of their unfriendly stance towards employees.
And why, exactly, do we want to go to all this trouble? Why do we want to add teeny tiny broccoli sprouts to our diets?
Like the mustard seed, it be tiny and it be mighty.
Like broccoli, it is a powerhouse against cancer. But, whereas regular consumption of broccoli has been shown to reduce cancer by 30%, broccoli sprouts may boost that 20-50 times. As I write that, I find myself thinking, What?! A miniature vegetable can do that?! Check out this article for more details.
Not only does a key component of cruciferous veggies keep cancer away, it also supports detoxification in our bodies, so it is promoting the harmony of our body systems. And that is something we all need. Harmony in physical, mental, and spiritual health.
3. Our final food of the day: Flaxseeds. They’ve been pushed aside by our focus on sexier seeds of late, but good ole flaxseeds really pack a punch. They boost mood by providing building blocks for neurotransmitters. They prevent cancer and other diseases because of their omega-3 fatty acid profile and fiber content. And they even have protein. They are a wonder.
Easy to sprinkle on anything. Easy on the palate and they add that satisfying crunch which most of us enjoy. Some folks add it to smoothies, others to salads, or baked goods. These small seeds are versatile.
Something about small seeds today. Not sure what that is about, but let’s go with it. Good things come in small packages.
Speaking of packages: crucial to buy the flaxseeds whole and crush/grind them at home. Fresh. Freshly ground to crack open the shell and ensure our good bodies can digest. Left whole until then to ensure that the good seed doesn’t start to go rancid. Once that shell is cracked, the tender oils are exposed to oxygen and they start to turn. So we keep them whole until we want to call upon their goodness.
We can grind them in a coffee grinder and store them, ground in the fridge for 5 days. I store my opened packet of whole seeds in the fridge, as well.
Where to buy? Stores carry them, but to find whole, you may be better off buying online.
Let me know if you have issues finding the good stuff! If you're local, you are welcome to speak with me about the Frontier buying club.
And let me know how you get on trying a new veg, sprouting broccoli seeds, and grinding flax!
I’m here for you. For your health. Mind. Body. Spirit.