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Blog: Love your sprouts this Christmas!


Blog: Love your sprouts this Christmas!

 

A festive blog written by nutritionist Lucy Williamson - http://lwnutrition.co.uk/

Enjoy a rainbow of fruit and vegetables this Christmas, to benefit from a variety of anti oxidants, vitamins and fibre.  But, EAT SPROUTS and enjoy particularly high levels of those essential nutrients, making them a BRITISH VEG worth celebrating.

  • Anti-oxidents (Polyphenols) for constant cell repair and enjoy them with a glass of red wine to boost these anti-oxidants still further!
  • Vitamin C to boost your antioxident levels
  • Vitamin A to support eye health and immune function
  • Vitamin K for blood pressure regulation, cel, nerve and muscle function
  • Folate (Vitamin B9) to ensure optimum DNA and cell manufacture.  Importantly, folate prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy, helps to prevent anaemia and cognitive decline, and may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
  • Fibre - you can read much more about the many health benefits of fibre by visiting www.lwnutrition.co.uk/fibre-facts/  
  • Omega 3, essential for its anti-inflammatory properties, is unusually high in sprouts.  Of course you'll get more from eating oily fish but its important to eat as much Omega 3 as possible -

All the polyunsaturated fatty acids we need can be made from Omega 6 (Linoleic acid) and Omega 3 (Alpha Linoleic Acid) in our diet.  Omega 6 has essential cholesterol lowering properties while Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory and as such reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.  It's important to eat the right balance of Omega 6: Omega 3.  In the UK our intake is 10:1  but a balanced intake of 2:1 is actually recommended.

 


Two tasty ways with sprouts....

 

Stir-fry your leftover sprouts in rapeseed oil (which is also a good source of omega 3 and tolerates heat as well) with chopped chorizo.

Steam sprouts a little, then squash them roughly and roast in rapeseed oil, adding sundried tomatoes and walnut pieces just before the end of cooking.  Drizzle with walnut oil for an extra dose of Omega 3!

Enjoy your sprouts!