ALFALFA : “Father of all Foods”

ALFALFA : “Father of all Foods”

By Richa Garg  on: 17 September 2015
Rate this: 
 3.3 Rating  based on 4 Reviews

Alfalfa’s name is rooted in the Arabic word that means “father of all foods”.

 

 

BENEFITS OF ALFALFA SPROUTS:

1. The herb is rich in protein as well as vitamins A, C and K

2. Heavy in phytoestrogens, alfalfa is used in the treatment of menopause symptoms to combat estrogen deficiency

3. Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of dietary fiber

 4. An ideal choice for people who are trying to lose weight. - alfalfa sprouts are rich in fiber and protein, they may help to facilitate sensations of fullness for people who tend to overeat.

5. Compounds in alfalfa may help to prevent atherosclerosis, a serious cardiovascular disease associated with cholesterol plaque in the arteries of the heart.

6. Small reductions in blood sugar in individuals who eat alfalfa.

7. Alfalfa helps fight infection

 

8. Alfalfa slows down the aging process.

9. Dietary alfalfa increased levels of high-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol)

 

WARNING:
Alfalfa supplements are also not advised during pregnancy

 

For nutritious sprouts in less than a week:

• Pick a medium-sized jar, at least 9cm in diameter and 15cm in height.

• Place 1-2 tablespoons of alfalfa seeds in the jar, and soak in tap water for 3 hours.

• Secure a gauze sheet over the jar with a rubber band.

• Drain the water, and store the jar out of direct sunlight and at an angle to drain any excess water.

• Rinse the sprouts 2-3 times each day.

• Gently shake the jar every now and then to prevent the sprouts from tangling.

• Alfalfa sprouts can take up to one week to harvest, so be patient, and rinse before you serve!

 

WAYS TO USE ALFALFA SPROUTS

  • Use in sandwiches 

  • Sprinkle on the top omelet or scrambled eggs

  • Add in sprouts

​


Tags:

 Related Blogs:
CRAVINGS IN DARK- WHAT TO DO ?
03 September 2015
If you are wondering why you crave for food at night, there are a huge set of reasons. Here are a few reasons why this may be happening: Dehydration Boredom Hunger (accelerated metabolism) Low salt or sugar levels. Lack of protein in your diet Every night when you feel hungry, try to think about something that you should eat, not what you want to eat. Junk foods are a huge No No! Here are a few protein-rich healthy snacks that you can choose to munch on for the night. Go into the kitchen and prepare a healthy snack for your hungry tummy. Foods You Can Eat at Night:   1. Dark Chocolate: You can munch on some tasty dark chocolate which will lower your blood pressure. It will also satisfy your craving for chocolate & sweet. Now, don’t get too excited, just a cube of your dark chocolate will do. Don’t consume too many! 2. Dried Figs: Dried figs taste like chewy candy, and are the best for people with a sweet tooth. It is sweet yet healthy and tasty too, so try to munch on it when you crave for food at night.    3. Fruits: You can munch on some tasty fruit at night. If you want something cold, try to freeze the fruit and eat it. It is a healthy substitute for other junk food. 4. Roasted makhana: Have this crunchy mucnhy roasted makhana late at night and stay healthy and also they are brimming with antioxidants and fiber, and can be nibbled on guilt-free, as they’re low in calories and fat.   5. Nuts: Crunchy nuts satisfy your hunger as well as help you to fight against feel to have sleep during studies. Enjoy the protein punch without guilt !     6. Milk Low in calories and fat, milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps lull you into a deep sleep. Essentially, tryptophan is responsible for increasing the production of serotonin in the body; serotonin helps you feel sleepy. As an added bonus, the calcium and vitamin D in that cup of milk can boost the health of your bones.     7. Popcorn A whole grain, popcorn is the go-to snack when you\'re midnight cravings demand something a little salty. Not only is popcorn a good source of complex carbs, it\'s also low in calories (no dousing the kernels in butter, please). What\'s more, because it\'s low in fat, you won\'t wake up feeling bloated or with a tummyache. Just go easy on the salt.
HEALTHY BITES PRE-WORKOUT
21 September 2015
Most of us often wonder about the foods to eat before yoga/workout/walk. Especially, if you are a beginner, it is better to know what works and what doesn\'t work as far as diet before your workout class is concerned.       1. Juices You can consume juices that contain fruits or vegetables as a part of your  diet. You can get rid of the toxins in your body with the help of those juices. Also, you can feel refreshed after consuming them. Try to go for cucumber, celery , amla, aloevera or spinach in your juices. 2. Bananas Bananas are rich in fibre and Potassium. Also, they are gentle on your stomach and they give you energy for your yoga practice. Consume 2 bananas at least an hour before your practice.. 3. Apples The best thing about apples is that they contain some amount of sugar which can energise you a bit. They also supply fibre and vitamins. They can also hydrate you a bit which is important before a workout. 4. Raisins Natural sugars are always preferable over other forms of sugar. Raisins can energise you before the yoga class with their natural sweetness. 5. Almonds If you wish to keep it simple, but healthy, eat a few almonds before your yoga class. Apart from supplying your body with Magnesium and Potassium, they also supply vitamins and ensure that your stamina levels stay high. 6. Water-melon They hydrate you and also energise you before you get ready for your yoga class. Enjoy a water melon which helps you enjoy your workout. 7. Oatmeal If you want some snack that contains healthy carbs before your practice session, choose oatmeal. It is easily digestible and a healthy carb-source. 8. Yogurt If you are not lactose intolerant, try a bowl of yogurt with fresh fruits before workout. It cools down your system and also provides some proteins to your system. 9. Apricots Yes, apricots, the dried ones, can be energisers before your yoga workout. You can carry them easily in your pocket if you are heading somewhere else for your practice.      
Richa Garg

 View Profile

Nutritionist in Rohini, Delhi, India 

Arogyam a Sanskrit word which means  "diseases free". Arogyam program is full of  knowledge so that you may experience and even maintain  a higher sense of wellbeing in your body and a better sense of harmony with your surroundings. It accounts for the fact that every human being is unique and an ever-evolving entity whose nutritional needs change with every phase in life. That season, location, stresses, lifestyle, attitude, family, work, friends, everything plays an important role in deciding what your body needs at a given time.We like to call my nutrition program "Arogyam program" because of the  belief that being overweight is itself a disease moreover if you are carrying high blood sugar uric acid or disturbed lipid profile etc you are not a disease free person .  All these can be corrected along with weight with disciplined diet &lifestyle modifications. As you can make out, its not a 'weight-loss' program, if at all, have to label it, it is a 'complete health program. It will educate you to make intelligent choices about food and exercise, taking into account your lifestyle and your fitness goals, and will keep you young in your body and sharp in your mind. Will you lose weight with Arogyam program ? Yes, as a by-product with complete fitness. And what about workout? Its non-negotiable. You have to move your body, choose your way-gymming, running, Yoga, yor choice! We will help you with how and when.Established in the year 2009, Arogyam Health & Wellness Centre is involved in providing solutions for Weight Management and Lifestyle Related Disorders.We are providing wellness programs for   [*]      Weight Management[*]      Weight management with Diabetes[*]      Weight management with Dyslipidemia           [*]      Weight management with PCOD/PCOS[*]      Weight management with Hypothyroidism[*]      Weight management with Hyperuricemia[*]      Pre & Post Natal  weight & health management Program[*]      Pre Marital Wellness Program The wellness programs are provided by our trained professionals after taking detailed medical, family and nutritional history. Further, while designing the particular programs we take care of following[*]     Body constitution according to Vedic science[*]     Age and gender[*]     Medical background[*]     Food likes and dislikes[*]     Present routine (diet and lifestyle)[*]     Ritual & Cultural factors[*]     Professional limitations[*]     Blood Group.[*]     Climate and seasons[*]     The special highlights are healthy options while eating out, healthy socialising, healthy grocery shopping list etc. We are aware of a famous saying that "Health is Wealth". In today's fast paced, hectic and stressed life we normally tend to forget these golden words. We tend to neglect our health and unknowingly adopt unhealthy eating habits and fall prey to the unhealthy lifestyle. To remain happy one has to be healthy and fit, we are here to guide you to achieve the goal of your good health and wellness.A little bit of discipline in eating habits and proper diet, we can maintain our health and enjoy our life to the full extent. As per vedic sciences, the human body needs a balance between the three fundamental doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) that help in preserving health. In order to achieve this balance, it is essential to opt for a healthy lifestyle that assists you in eliminating impurities from your body and gives prominence to eating the right kind of foods, at the right time and in the right manner.No matter what stage of your life you may be in, it is never too late to take a forward step towards wellness. It has been seen that people who have embraced healthy diet and eating habits into their lifestyle and have altered their daily routines for the better are experiencing a complete & healthy assimilation of their mind, body and soul. According to Vedic scriptures, every individual has unique needs for balance. Since diet is one of the most important tools for achieving balance, we generally design individualized diets . analysing suitings , non suitings, food intolrances specific to a person and preparing guidelines for after program document . Notwithstanding the individualized approach to choosing foods for balance, there are some universally applicable principles that are important to follow.  PROGRAM GUIDELINES          As you enroll for the Arogyam wellness Program a few guidelines are expected to be followed by you. This will certainly enable achievement of the results that you so dearly wish to attain.  Each program will independently deliver results. Success would depend on the complete adherence to the program guidelines. Contact through Email /phone/personal will be maintained throughout the course of the respective Program. Progress will be asked for from the individual undergoing the Program and also analysed through repeated investigations. Each member on the program needs to undergo a Lifestyle and Habit Analysis, Medical Examination Feedback and Input Analysis to attain target weight and biochemical parameters. The Programs provide the user a way of losing weight effectively and maintain health parameters by Combination of Foods, and kitchen herbs and lifestyle modifications. Consumption of recommended foods during the program is essential to maintain nutritional adequacy. The program does not involve the use of any drugs, surgery, liposuction, body wrap or deep heat which are considered harmful in the long run. Arogyam reserves the right to alter/ change/ substitute the program contents. In case the member fails to achieve the desired target weight loss, it is mainly because of due to deviations from the program guidelines by the member or due to some medical issues. Therefore all possible care should be taken to follow the Program in toto. Clinic will retain the members photograph if taken, for record purposes only. Such photographs will not be used for publicity/promotion activities without explicit written consent of the member.   
Richa Garg
Dr. Richa Garg
Nutritionist in Rohini, Delhi Register Now!