Broccoli sprouts in a smoothie is a quick and easy way to get this superfood into your diet. Frozen fruit helps mask the strong flavor as well, so it’s a double-win.
Awhile back, I wrote about growing broccoli sprouts at home (see my sprout growing guide here). I see them at the farmers’ market and the natural foods store for almost $5 for a quarter pound, so making them at home is definitely the budget-friendly way to go. Woot!
Harvest day is always exciting:
Most people put sprouts on a sandwich or a salad, but I’ve been putting them in a green smoothie. The fruit covers most of the spicy flavor of the sprouts. Also, since it’s advised to rinse sprouts thoroughly before eating them, this way I don’t have to worry about drying them before I eat them. I just rinse and plop them into the blender:
The element that is in broccoli sprouts that has been identified to be so healthful is called sulforaphane. A quick search on PubMed found all kinds of published studies on how this compound is being studied in cancer research. For all of these reasons, I am now growing a fairly constant supply of broccoli sprouts in my kitchen.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy! It does take about 5 days from start to finish, though, so don’t waste anymore time getting started. 🙂
Here are some suggested resources for growing your own sprouts:
- Victorio 4-tray sprouter or NOW sprouting jar with stainless steel screen
- Organic, GMO-free broccoli seeds
And, here’s my updated recipe for putting the sprouts into a smoothie.Print
A creamy dairy-free smoothie using broccoli sprouts.
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup broccoli sprouts, rinsed well
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- Combine the water, hemp seeds, spinach, broccoli sprouts, banana, strawberries, pineapple chunks, cocoa powder, vanilla, and dates into the base of a high-speed blender.
- Process on the “smoothie” mode or for at least 45 seconds on high until completely blended.
- The texture should be smooth and creamy.
- Serving Size: 8 ounces
Other items recommended for this recipe:
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