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Sprouted Grains: A Powerhouse for Your Pickleball Performance and Everyday Wellness

 

Posted on 12 September, 2023

Reviewed by: Julie Kulp, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle and optimizing your performance on the pickleball court, every ingredient matters. One ingredient that has been gaining popularity is sprouted grains, but what are they and how can they contribute to your wellness journey? 

Understanding Sprouted Grains

Sprouted grains are whole grain seeds that have begun to sprout. This process enhances the grains' nutritional profile by making them easier to digest and their nutrients more readily available for absorption. [1]

 

Why Sprouted Grains?

There are several reasons to consider adding sprouted grains to your diet. They are easier to digest, packed with protein, rich in fiber, and are a great source of antioxidants. [1] But remember, sprouted grains do contain gluten, so they might not be suitable for everyone. 

Easier Digestion

The process of sprouting breaks down some of the starches in the grains, making them easier to digest. This means that you might experience less bloating and discomfort compared to eating non-sprouted grains. [2]

Protein Packed

Sprouted grains are an excellent source of plant-based protein. This macronutrient is crucial for muscle recovery and building, especially for active individuals like pickleball players. [3]

Rich in Fiber

The high fiber content in sprouted grains contributes to a healthy digestive system. Regular digestion can help you feel your best both on and off the court. [2]

Antioxidant Power

Sprouted grains are rich in antioxidants, substances that can help protect your cells from damage. These can potentially aid in your recovery process after an intense pickleball game. [4]

Incorporating Sprouted Grains into Your Diet

You can add sprouted grains to your diet in several ways. A popular option is sprouted grain bread, which can be used to make a nutrient-packed sandwich or toast.  They can also be added to salads or wraps for an extra crunch.

To experience these potential benefits, consider trying our Chicken Salad made with sprouted grain bread.  It is a simple, quick, and balanced meal that is perfect for fueling your pickleball games and promoting everyday wellness. 

In conclusion, sprouted grains can be a valuable addition to your wellness journey.  Not only can they potentially help improve your pickleball performance, but they may also contribute to your everyday health and wellbeing. 

This information is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.  Please consult with a healthcare provider for any dietary changes.

References:

Whole Grains Council - Sprouted Whole Grains

Healthline - The Benefits of Sprouted Grains

Sprouted Grains: A Comprehensive Review

Antioxidants in Sprouts of Grains

  1. Sprouted Whole Grains, Whole Grains Council, https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whats-whole-grain-refined-grain/sprouted-whole-grains
  1. Healthline – 7 Great Reason to Add Sprouted Grain Bread to Your Diet, January 4, 2023, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sprouted-grain-bread#TOC_TITLE_HDR_5
  1. Sprouted Grains: A Comprehensive Review, National Library of Medicine, Published Online February 17, 2019, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6413227/
  1. Sprouted Grains, Antioxidants in sprouts of grains, Science Direct, 2019, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/B9780128115251000038

    Chicken Salad

    Recipe from Match Point Wellness

    • 1 Rotisserie Chicken, de-boned, meat roughly chopped
    • Celery, chopped including some of the celery greens
    • Green onions, chopped
    • 2 to 3 cloves Fresh garlic, chopped
    • ¼ cup Dried Cranberries (reduced sugar)
    • Fresh Parsley and Fresh Chives
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • Mayonnaise (I use a sunflower oil-based mayo)
    • Sprouted Grain Bread
    • Alfalfa Sprouts
    • Leaf Lettuce
    • Fresh Spinach

    Combine the first 7 ingredients and give it a toss.  Then slowly add your mayonnaise and just enough for the mixture to hold together.  Layer chicken salad on a slice of bread top with lettuce and alfalfa sprouts and another slice of bread.  If serving as a salad place a combination of lettuce and spinach in a bowl top with some alfalfa sprouts then add some chicken salad.  Enjoy!

     

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