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One of the perks of being in the holistic health field is the amazing people I get to meet on my journey.
I have had the good fortune of working with, as well as being treated by, groundbreaking pioneers of wellness and nutritional medicine.
One of these extraordinary individuals is Tom Malterre
Tom Malterre – MS, CN
"Tom holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, has advanced training from the Institute for Functional Medicine and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with over a decade of clinical experience. Tom also lectures regularly for the Institute for Functional Medicine. Tom is a past faculty member of the Autism Research Institute and was a medical affairs member of Thorne Research. He has lectured on nutrition and supplementation across the United States and Canada. He currently coaches doctors and other health-care practitioners on Functional Medicine protocols in his Progressive Practitioner Coaching Program, while doing interviews and blogging on a vast array of health topics."
Tom and I were speaking the other day and I was thinking that I wish everyone could know about him.
Today I want to bring Tom to you....I encourage you to explore his website and important life changing information that has saved many lives. He is entertaining, funny, extremely smart and well- educated, highly respected, a teacher, father of 5 and someone I am lucky to call my friend.
Below is a fun recipe for making broccoli sprouts in your own kitchen with a video to visually share the process.
According to Tom's article "Broccoli sprouts contain a chemical called sulforaphane which is one of the most potent antioxidants and detoxification substances that we know of. Adding sulforaphane to the diet has shown to greatly reduce the risk of stomach, bladder, colorectal, and breast cancers."
Many of his clients have seen improvements in their skin conditions, mood, energy, and joint pains when adding this delicious food to their diets.
He is a master of his craft. Enjoy!
How to Make Broccoli Sprouts
Growing your own little sprout garden is a fun and exciting process. Broccoli seeds can be a little more challenging to grow as they take longer to sprout compared to other seeds, so be patient.
It takes a few days for the seeds to even break open and they are slow in growing. You will get into a routine once you do it a few times.
Remember that sprouting happens at a different rate in different climates. The warmer it is, the faster it will happen.
Here's what you'll need:
- wide mouthed quart jar with spouting lid
- 2 tablespoons organic broccoli sprouting seeds
- purified water
Place the seeds into a jar and cover them with a few inches of warm purified water. Let them soak overnight in a warm dark place. Then, after about 8 to 10 hours, drain the water off.
Rinse the seeds with fresh water, 2 to 3 times a day for 4 to 5 days. Place the jar in a warm, dark place during this time period. Make sure to drain off all of the water after each rinsing to prevent spoiling of the sprouts.
Note: I know you are you are excited to grown your own garden right in your kitchen, but it will likely take 2 to 3 days to split open and begin to sprout so be patient.
Once your sprouts are a few centimeters long and have defined yellow leaves, move your jar out into a place where it can be exposed to some sunlight. This will allow the sprouts to use the light and grow quickly.
Be sure to keep rinsing as the sprouts can dry out quickly in hot and dry environments. You will recognize when the sprouts are ready as they will have darker green leaves and be about an inch or longer in length. Don’t worry about eating them too early. As soon as they are green they are ready to go.
Yield: about 4 cups
With Love and Hope,