Going to the grocery store and finding my usual brands of wholefoods has been quite a challenge these days. The pandemic has left me with slim pickings, and I have been forced to experiment with new things.
Before all the panic buying, I would generally opt for a cost-effective approach in my organic grains, beans, and lentils. But the cost-effective options are all sold out and have yet to return to the shelves.
I decided to shift this frustrating turn of events into something positive. Instead of being annoyed that all my common goods were gone, I became curious about what was left to choose from.
One of those foods happened to be sprouted lentils and sprouted bread. They tend to run a little more expensive, so I guess that is why there were more of them to choose from. I have never really looked into sprouted foods other than growing sunflower sprouts and other microgreens.
They are now my new favorite. These sprouted foods are much easier on my digestion and don’t feel bloated and weighed down after eating them.
Turns out, there are a few extra benefits to eating sprouted over whole grains, and I am 100% in love with the reasons why.
Sprouted grains are whole grain sees that have just started to grow. They have an increase in health benefits due to the time frame in which they are stopped during the germination process.
The germination procedure ends up reducing the amount of starch produced and, in turn, increases the number of nutrients. Plus, it disintegrates a build-up of phytic acid that would typically make the absorption of the vitamins and minerals it contains more difficult.
This means sprouted grains have more available nutrients, which include iron, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, and protein.
You can find sprouted grain foods at the grocery store pretty quickly once you start looking for them. I have noticed sprouted varieties of flour, muffins, bread, crackers, lentils, and quinoa.
For 100% sprouted grain goodies, look for them in the frozen and refrigerated section as they would not be shelf-stable without the use of preservatives.
Some companies use a blend of sprouted and whole grains. These can typically be found on the dry goods shelves. Both options work better for me then just sticking to whole grains.
Give them a try and let me know in the comments section if you see a difference in how they make you feel too!