If you regularly embark on detoxes, then this sprout salad will tick all the boxes! It serves as a great base meal for lunch or dinner with good servings of protein. Mung bean sprouts are often overlooked, but have been featured throughout my diet for years due to their impressive health benefits. I love their unique crunchy texture and earthy taste. I’ve grown many batches of my own at home, as you’re always guaranteed the highest mineral content when cut fresh.
Mung beans are a great source of antioxidants that help to revere free-radical damage to your cells, which is caused by a poor diet, various pollutants and even every-day stress. Many of our modern day foods include colors, additives and preservatives that are not recognized by the body.
Mung beans help to remove harmful toxins from the body, flushing the system, while simultaneously depositing various minerals for direct use throughout the body. It’s common to notice a boost in overall energy after detoxing, which becomes a huge motivator for many in switching to a clean, plant-based diet.
You’ll find many traces of vitamins in mung beans, including a few that are vital for a vegan diet, such as iron and B vitamins. You can easily get 100% of your recommended daily intake of folate in just one cup of mung beans. Mung beans are also a good source of magnesium and manganese, as the two cups I use in this recipe contain over 60% of your recommended daily intake for each.
The mung beans alone in this recipe carry 28 grams of protein! Add in the half cup of almonds and half cup of quinoa, and you’re looking at an all-round great source of vegan protein. Don’t forget, red quinoa is another powerful source of antioxidants. I also included fresh lemon juice and cayenne pepper, which you’ll notice feature a lot in detoxes.
Lemons balance out any acidity within the body and are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which you guessed it, is another great antioxidant! Cayenne pepper is one of my favorites spices as it helps with digestion, boosts metabolism and has been shown to carry anti-cancer properties.
Even if you are a vegan or vegetarian, and your diet is pretty clean on the whole, it’s still important to focus on regularly detoxing and cleansing your system, to prevent the buildup of unwanted toxins. This means you’ll avoid developing diseases that are borne out of poor diet choices, and allows you to live a life full of vitality and boundless energy!
- 2 cups sprouted mung beans
- ½ cup cooked red quinoa
- 1 pomegranate, seeds only
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- ¼ cup slightly toasted almonds, crushed
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into cubes
- 2 bunches fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Handful mint leaves
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- Pinch sea salt
- Add all the ingredients into a bowl and toss to combine, then serve.