Now is the perfect time of year to start increasing how your body detoxes naturally. And we can do with this healthy, creative and delicious recipes that are fun to eat!
My Spicy Spring Sprout-Fry Recipe can help improve your digestion, health, and has a kick of heat and crunch that will keep you going for the long haul. Mung bean sprouts are high in protein and other nutrients.
Let’s see how…
Why You Should Add These Warming Spices To This Recipe
Helps Digestion: Has a positive effect on the digestive system. Cayenne pepper helps produce saliva (a natural enzyme), that’s important for excellent digestion as well as preventing bad breath. Including cayenne pepper into our recipes will help stimulate our salivary glands, which is super important to begin the digestive process.
I talk a lot about enzymes, which is essential for our digestive system to work properly. Well, you guessed it — cayenne pepper also stimulates the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices — aiding our body’s ability to metabolize food and remove toxins.
Detox Support: Cayenne pepper stimulates circulation and eliminate acidity. Cayenne pepper opens the capillaries and regulates blood sugar, thereby, restoring the circulatory system. In addition, cayenne helps the digestive system move those unwanted toxins and bacteria out of the body.
Boosts Metabolism: Cayenne pepper regulates your metabolism and has been found to effectively suppress hunger and normalize glucose levels. Cayenne pepper also increases your body’s temperature, boosting your metabolism in the process.
Red Pepper Flakes
Full of antioxidants: Red pepper flakes contain carotenoids that act as antioxidants, which protect your tissues and cells from the dangers posed by free radicals — something we want to avoid since these radicals increasing bodily pain.
Boosts Immune System: Red pepper flakes contain vitamin C which is contributes to a healthy immune system. Their bright red color is due to their high levels of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A — needed for healthy mucous membranes.
Why is this so essential to our health? Because these membranes line the nasal passages, the lungs, the intestinal tract, and the urinary tract — all serving as our body’s first line of defense against pathogens trying to get into our bodies.
Why You Should Eat More Sprouts
An easy, whole food-based way to up the ante with more nutrients and enzymes, is to add more sprouts (or microgreens), to your beauty detox meals.
Filled with fiber and virtually fat-free, the mighty and powerful sprout (and this is true of any sprout), actually comes from mung beans and soybeans — with bean sprouts being the most common.
Here are some of their standout benefits:
Supports immune system: Bean sprouts contain vitamin C and iron which helps to maintain a healthy body (one cup of raw mung bean sprouts offers quite a bit to sustain both men and women. The iron not only helps our cells avoid infection but helps them stay strong, killing off damaging pathogens.
Builds strong bones: Manganese is found in bean sprouts which — when combined with vitamins and minerals such as, vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper and boron — can improve bone mass in women.
With 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men (over the age of 50), being more prone to breaking a bone due to osteoporosis, it’s time we take charge now and avoid a break later.
High in protein: Bean sprouts are a great source of easily assimilated plant protein that won’t build up toxicity in our systems. Bam!
Overall health and well-being: With bean sprouts guaranteeing you have plenty of vitamin C running through your system, this will not can only stave off the common cold, but could also help you have a more calm disposition. In turn, this will help you get more rest, helping you wake up feeling renewed and refreshed.
In addition, what makes these young seedlings so magical and worthy of our eating is that microgreens contain high concentrations of essential vitamins and carotenoids, are higher in beneficial enzymes, and have higher phytonutrients than their full-grown counterparts.
When a seed becomes sprouted, it begins to transition from a dormant seed into an actual living plant, which means, much of the stored nutrients begin to multiply. It’s been known to increase the protein content by up to 30 percent and the enzyme content up to 1,000 percent, and more.
I love mixing up my sprouts to gain the most powerful, beautifying benefits. Besides bean sprouts, some of my favorites are clover sprouts, broccoli sprouts, and, of course, alfalfa sprouts, which supply us with antioxidants that will help in prevention of menopausal symptoms.
Most of these micro-greens can be found at most farmers markets and upscale grocery stores, and are quick and easy to grow indoors on a sunny windowsill!
With all these beautifying ingredients, how could you not feel at your best?! Let’s have fun choosing different sprouts for our beauty meals.
For today’s recipe try finding bean sprouts, since they will hold up once stir-fried for a hot second! 😃
See full recipe below…
- 1 pound fresh mung bean sprouts
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Sea salt, to taste
- Brown rice or quinoa to serve with (optional)
- Wash, drain and dry the bean sprouts in a kitchen towel or paper towels.
- Heat the coconut oil in a wok or skillet; add the green onion, red pepper and shallot and stir-fry over high heat for a few seconds. Then add the bean sprouts and stir-fry for 1 minute. Do not overcook; sprouts should remain crunchy but lose their raw bean taste.
- Add the sprinkle of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and sea salt to taste. Mix well and serve over brown rice or quinoa, if desired.
All my love,