- Sprouts are loaded with protein, vitamin C and other nutrients
- You can add sprouts to your diet in many ways
- Sprouts can help you improve digestion and skin health
Protein is an essential micronutrient that your body requires daily. It plays an important role in muscle repair and recovery. A protein-rich breakfast is known to offer many benefits. It will keep you full for longer and energetic throughout the day. After a workout, a protein-packed breakfast will keep help you recover. Nutritionist Lovneet Batra also highlights the benefits of high-protein breakfast in one of her recent posts and writes, "A high protein breakfast has been shown to benefit muscle health and support weight loss by increasing muscle mass, energy expenditure (calories burned), satiety hormones, glucose regulation and by decreasing the desire to snack at night."
High protein breakfast option you should try
You can add protein to your breakfast in many ways. Other than protein shakes and smoothies, there are several inexpensive ingredients that can boost your protein intake. Sprouts are also a simple and healthy option. Not just protein, sprouts can offer you many other essential nutrients.
"Sprouting process increases nutrient level, making sprouts richer in protein, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and vitamins C and K than un-sprouted plants," the nutritionist adds.
Here are few health benefits of eating sprouts:
1. Can help boost immunity
Sprouts are high in vitamin C that can help you boost immunity. "With high levels of vitamin C content, sprouts make for powerful stimulants for the white blood cells in the body which are responsible for fighting off diseases and infections, ultimately helping strengthen your immune system. The presence of vitamin A in abundance also helps build the immune system with all the antioxidants they offer." Batra adds.
2. Boost skin health
Eating healthy is beneficial to your skin too. When you eat right, optimum nutrient intake can help your skin glow naturally. The nutritionist adds, "It's important to remember that what you put in your body is what your skin reflects. With sprouts, you're eating healthy and putting in lot of much-needed nutrients making your skin glow."
3. Improve digestion
Fibre helps improve digestive health. Sprouting increases the amount of insoluble fibre, a type of fibre that can improve bowel movement and prevent constipation. It can also boost your gut health.
Batra further adds, "If you feel bloated after eating sprouts, steam well and add boiled potato ghee for better digestion."
How to add sprouts to your diet?
You can prepare a sprout salad with the chopped cucumber, tomato and onion. Do not forget to add some lemon and spices to it. You can also make a cheela or tikkis from sprouted dal.
So what are you waiting for? Try these super energitic breakfast options that are loaded with protein.
(Lovneet Batra is a Delhi-based Nutritionist)
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