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Sprouted grains pack a Paleo punch

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As the Paleo Diet continues to take the world by storm, many people are ditching their breakfast oats for eggs and bacon, eliminating their sandwich bread altogether and substituting cauliflower for rice.

While there is certainly nothing wrong with cutting out processed foods and sugar from your diet, there many be some consequences in wiping out an entire food group, especially one that's packed full of vitamins and minerals.

A sprouted grain, such as rice, wheat, corn, barley and oats, undergoes a process in which a grain is ground up and utilized right after it has sprouted but before it becomes a mature plant. In this state, the grain has lost some of its starch but remains high in nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals; therefore, making it low glycemic and easier to digest.

Eating sprouted grains has such a high nutritional content it shouldn't be eliminated or replaced by vegetables alone. For example, wheat sprouts contain more alkaline minerals than any green vegetable; more than 100 different nutrients, including all the minerals and trace elements, more iron than spinach, and the entire range of B vitamins. (Vasey. C. (2006) The acid-alkaline diet for optimum health: Restore your health by creating PH balance in your diet. (Rev. 2nd ed.) Rochester, Vt.: Healing Arts Press.)

Incorporating easily digested sprouted grains to your caveman ways will add to your health and energy, especially when paired with fresh fruits and vegetables, giving you a more balanced, well rounded diet.

Next time you are at the health store, pick up some sprouted quinoa, throw in some black beans, olive oil, lime juice and spices and you have a delicious meal packed full of plant based protein. No meat necessary. Or try a poached egg over a slice of 7 grain sprouted bread spread with apple butter and topped with fresh kale for lunch. Start slowly and gradually add more grains to your diet to give yourself some natural plant nutrition like nature intended us to.

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