The alfalfa plant is one of the superfoods that has been making its rounds in the health world recently. Due to it being chock-full of beneficial nutrients and numerous health benefits, alfalfa sprouts are definitely a welcome addition to meals.
Alfalfa sprouts have a low calorie content, as well as being low in carbohydrates and fat. They provide the body with protein and dietary fiber. Also, they contain vitamins A, C, and K, as well as thiamine, riboflavin, and folate. These sprouts also possess the minerals iron, zinc, manganese, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium.
With regard to including alfalfa sprouts into your daily diet, there’s no need to worry. There are so many ways you can incorporate this healthy plant into your meals.
To get you started, here are some simple, quick, and easy recipes that feature the alfalfa sprout.
Alfalfa Sprouts Recipes
Sprouty California Rolls
This is a light, fresh, and savory appetizer that can also fill you right up. This roll is perfect for vegetarians and vegans as it contains absolutely no meat (no crabmeat, sorry!) and no rice.
2 nori sheets
2 teaspoons mellow white miso
½ ripe avocado (thinly sliced)
¼ cucumber (seeded and cut into thin strips)
2 cups alfalfa sprouts
¼ cup carrots (grated)
¼ piece red bell pepper (cut into thin strips)
Lay down one sheet of nori, shiny side down, on a clean bamboo sushi mat. Using the back of a teaspoon, spread a teaspoon of miso in one horizontal line along the bottom third of the nori sheet.
Next, along the edge of the nori closest to you, layer half of the avocado, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, bell peppers, and carrots.
To ensure a clean roll, grip the edges of the nori sheet and sushi mat together with your thumbs and forefingers. Press the filling toward you with the rest of your free fingers. Using the mat, roll the front edge of the nori over the filling. Squeeze with the mat, lift the mat, and continue rolling.
Just before the completely rolling the sheet, dip your index finger in water and run it along the free edge of the nori sheet. This will seal the roll. Cut the roll into 6 or 8 pieces (depending on how thick you want each piece to be).
Fill, roll, and slice the other sheet of nori and the remaining ingredients the same way. Arrange on a plate and garnish with a dip of your choice.
Here’s a fuss-free appetizer that’ll wow your family. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and very low in carbs. It’s guaranteed to taste delicious too!
½ pound turkey cold cuts
1 avocado (thinly sliced)
½ package alfalfa sprouts
½ cup vegan basil pesto
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Evenly sprinkle the lemon juice, salt, and pepper over all the avocado slices (make sure there are the same number of avocado slices and turkey cold cuts).
Next, spread the pesto on each turkey cold cut.
Place an avocado slice and some alfalfa sprouts on each turkey slice.
Tightly roll up each filled turkey slice and cut in half.
Secure each roll-up with a toothpick and serve.
Triple A Salad
This is one super easy dish to whip up. It only makes use of 6 ingredients, and the prep time takes less than 5 minutes. Each ingredient contributes its own flavor, and together, this salad bursts with flavor and health.
3 large handfuls arugula
1 cup artichoke (chopped)
handful alfalfa sprouts
1 cucumber (thinly sliced)
1 avocado (cubed)
2 tablespoons basil pesto
In a large salad bowl, add in the arugula, alfalfa sprouts, artichoke, cucumber, and avocado. Give everything a light toss. Add in the pesto as dressing and sprinkle a pinch of salt over everything. Continue to mix until fully combined.
Pancakes with Sprouts
Here’s a healthy breakfast option for you to make sure you’re getting your veggies in every meal. This pancake recipe is super healthy, providing your body with protein and fiber. Plus, it tastes awesome as well.
¼ cup ground flaxseed
2 egg whites
¼ cup plain nonfat yogurt
½ cup alfalfa sprouts
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup of either raw shredded carrot, raw shredded apple, raw shredded pear, or applesauce
⅓ cup whole-wheat flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
First, mix all wet ingredients together. In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Mix everything thoroughly.
Next, spoon the mixture into a preheated skillet over medium heat. Flip pancake over when bubbles start to form on top.
Continue until you use up all of the pancake mixture.
Serve and enjoy hot.
Open-Faced Egg, Avocado, and Smoked Salmon Sandwich
This is a filling and refreshing lunch that you can have with a little side salad or some soup. It provides you with protein and energy to get you going the rest of the day.
1 ripe avocado
2 hard-boiled eggs
2 slices french bread
1 handful alfalfa sprouts
2 smoked salmon slices
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice
First, whip up the avocado mash. In a bowl, mash the avocado with a fork, but leave the mix slightly chunky (for added texture). Put in the lemon juice, sour cream, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix everything thoroughly.
Next, evenly spread the avocado mash on top of the 2 pieces of bread. Slice the eggs into desired pieces and evenly distribute to both pieces of bread. Place a salmon slice on top of each sandwich. Top sandwiches with alfalfa sprouts.