How to Sprout

Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, packed full of beneficial vitamins, enzymes, and fiber. Many people may not incorporate sprouts into their diet because they may not be familiar with them, sprouts can be hard to find in store, or can be very expensive. The wonderful thing about sprouts though is that they are cheap and simple to grow at home (it might even be easier than actual gardening). To learn how to sprout check out this infographic below and you will be on your way in no time!

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Spinach

Spinach is simple yet versatile vegetable packed full of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid and contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. In addition, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer food, is associated with preventing macular degeneration, regulating blood pressure, and strengthening muscles.

The possibilities with spinach are endless. You can add it to a smoothie or use it in a soup, salad, or stew. What is your favorite way of adding greens to your diet?

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Chilies

If you like it spicy, then there is no way of avoiding chilies!

Worldwide there are hundreds of different varieties that vary in degrees of spiciness. Some are dried or processed into powder, while others are used fresh. Chilies contain capsaicin which is the chemical compound that makes them spicy and is usually found in the seeds and white piths. The higher the capsaicin content in the chili, the hotter it is. Most often the spiciness of a chili is measured on the Scoville scale which ranges from 0 to 16 million. A bell pepper has a value of 0 while a habanero ranges between 100,000-350,000.

While not only flavorful and delicious, chilies are also very healthy. Among other things, they strengthen the immune system, keep the circulation going, contain vitamins B1, B6 and minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

Regardless of how spicy you like your food, a little bit of chili can go a long way!