Sprouting is far sexier than those alfalfa seeds from your proto-hippie salad bar days. Just take a look at this bag from Living Intentions: sleek and enticing, full of crunchy sunflower seeds bursting with the green flavors of jalapeno, spinach, and cilantro. They let the natural sunflower taste come through without overwhelming your palate. I find these seeds perfect for a sprinkling on thick yogurt or shaking over your favorite salad, but you might enjoy them right out of the bag, any time of day. Because sprouting makes them even more nutritious, it's okay.
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
These little morsels might look like weirdly greenish sunflower seeds but they are your supercharged ticket to snack-time satiation. Supercharged from sprouting, and supercharged from the awesome seasonings applied to each and every seed. The assortment of greenery (spinach, jalapeno, spirulina) adds amazing flavor but still doesn't overpower the nutty delicious seeds.
In this recipe you'll find a perfect balance. I kept reaching for bite after handful after chomp, even when testing out other foods. These seeds have just enough crunch, just enough snap, and just enough saltiness.
In a world with endless snacking choices, go for the bag with the most nutrition, flavor, and pure fun. Go green, and go crunchy.
Sprouted Organic Sunflower Seeds, Himalayan Salt, Nutritional Yeast, Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil, Organic Spirulina, Organic Spinach, Organic Garlic, Organic Chlorella, Organic Cumin, Organic Lemon Peel, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Jalapeno Extract.
Why soaked and sprouted?
Soaking and sprouting are ancient techniques, developed by our wise ancestors to make certain foods, like nuts, seeds and grains, more nutritious and easier to digest. These foods evolved chemical defense mechanisms to protect themselves until the proper growing conditions came about — enough moisture to help them burgeon into sprouts. Most nuts, seeds, and grains simply aren’t easily digested unless they’re soaked for a while, to awaken the mechanisms that say, “Hey, time to sprout!” and unleash an amazing series of biochemical transformations. The soaking and sprouting process brings natural resting enzymes to life, increasing bioavailable nutrients. Increased nutrients and live enzymes aid digestion and strengthen the body’s natural healing process, increasing vital energy and wellness. The soaking and sprouting process also minimizes or eliminates nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances such as enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens. We recommend soaking and sprouting any nuts, seeds and grains that you plan to eat (unless someone else has already done it for you). The soak/sprout/dehydration process takes a bit of planning ahead (and a dehydrator), but it’s well worth it for the health benefits it confers. It also makes nuts and seeds taste amazing — extra-buttery and satisfyingly crispy-crunchy.
Here are some of the amazing superfoods in Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are one of those healthy foods that peaked in the 1970s, used in countless bad recipes involving tofu, bean sprouts, and shredded carrots. Icky recipes aside, there’s a reason why sunflower seeds were so popular—they’ve got an amazing nutritional profile. If they're fresh and treated well, they're darn tasty, too. Sunflower seeds are high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When they’re sprouted, they get even more rad. Here are some of the superpowers of sunflower seeds. They may help to:
- Prevent many types of infectious diseases, as well as cancer.
- Lower LDL, "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL, "good-cholesterol"
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Maintain the integrity of the cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin.
- Strengthen the immune response
- Create significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Enhance GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis
- Reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
How to enjoy Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
Enjoy any time of the day, morning, noon, night, or midnight!
- Savor out of the bag.
- Sprinkle on morning breakfast
- Sprinkle on any salad
- Sprinkle on a healthy dessert
The Living Intentions story
We love this company. Everything that they make is absolutely mind-blowingly delicious. It’s rare to find a company so committed to doing everything right on every level—while focusing first on the most important aspect of food: amazing taste. This is not your 1970's seed mix. This stuff is as good as the most craveable junk food that you love to snack on, but without the junk.
"Living Intentions has created a pivotal paradigm shift in the world of healthy eating. Their innovative and nourishing products are designed with purpose and care. Unique blends of exotic ingredients creates Living Intentions’ spectacular culinary difference. There is no compromise here between taste and health.
We are leaders of innovation, sharing our blends of nutrient dense, plant-based superfoods with the masses. We continually strive to improve our existing product lines and create new products with outrageous flavor combinations that contain raw, sprouted, gluten free and vegan ingredients. Our innovative processing techniques are uniquely engineered to maintain complete nutritional integrity. We love to nourish our bodies with the best nutrient dense foods available and are excited to share our new creations with you."
Even more about Living Intentions
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