Monthly Archives: March 2015

Article: Sprouts! Nutritional guide and evidence on health

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Link to article:  sprouts nutritional attributes reading

So this is a great little guide to different sprouts and their nutritional attributes, as well as, contributions to health.  If you haven’t ever sprouted, then I suggest trying!  Its really easy to do in-doors and in any climate.  Check out some YouTube videos on sprouting to get the hang of what to do.  I personally like to sprout alfalfa sprouts.  I put 1 tbsp of seeds into a jar (big enough for the seeds to expand about 10 times their size), add water, and let stand without a lid overnight.  In the morning, take a piece of porous cloth and cover the jar top, adding an elastic-band to keep the cloth on.  Pour the excess water out.  Now its very important to rinse and drain the sprouts 2 times per day, minimum.  When they get about 1.5 inches in length (about 5-7 days), then they are ready to eat!  Add to salads or sandwiches.  They make for a nutritious and tasty crunch to lunchtime meals.

Storage tip: Keep the sprouts wrapped in dry paper towel, in a closed container in the fridge.  If they start to smell or go brown and gooey, then they are no good anymore, and sprout again!

Thanks for reading, happy sprouting!!  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref: Crop & Food Research Confidential Report No. 1795
Nutritional attributes of legumes (2)
Sprouted beans and seeds
L J Hedges & C E Lister
December 2006

Student Blog Wk.6 S.1 Yr.2: Frustrated to the max and school in-congruence!

So this week was frustrating to the max.  I had a slight mental break down after a nutritional biochemistry exam which I had put a lot of time and effort into studying for. I was very disappointed to write it as I found out, within mid-test, that the student study guide and the teacher had told us to study nothing that was on the test, yay!  So needless to say I am very angry with Endeavour College administration and course coordinators for putting together a useless study guide and lack of teacher/coordinator communication.  I also want to comment on the lack of congruence between the school changing its course structure and its expectations from the students, as there seems to be little in the way of organization and reassurance that I can trust the courses to be learning enhancing and not completely and ridiculously frustrating.  So just a little advice towards future Endeavour College students, be aware that their is a lot of poorly organized course structures, and don’t be surprised when some kind of organizational aspect goes astray, this seems to be the Endeavour way.  If I had the choice I would change schools, but unfortunately I am an international student and the Southern School of Natural Therapies does not take internationals (which is the only other reputable holistic health college in Melbourne specific to CAM).  Any ways, so that is my rant for this week. On a positive note I seem to be catching up with all my assignments and homework (thank god for organizational skills and work ethic), and I am hoping to come out with a good mark on that ridiculous test, due purely to common sense and understanding of the material I am learning in general.    I also had a pretty good day today thanks to Rescue Flower Remedy, which I highly suggest for stressed out students, or stressed out people in general.  I am also looking forward to break week because it gives me time to get all my week.10 projects done without classes, and maybe I can fit in some me time as well!!  Well, hope your week was much more in-line with holistic health, which is not to be stressed, but unfortunately with school, homework and tests, comes stress.  Thanks for reading.  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

2 Articles: Antioxidants in dietary plants reading AND Apples as super foods + Handout: Sweeteners to avoid and caffeine content

Link to article: Antioxidants in dietary plants reading

Link to article:  apples as super foods article reading

Ever wonder why they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?  Its because of antioxidants!!!  Well that’s just one reason.  Read the article above about apples and why they have been a nutritious staple super-food in many diets, and a key success in a healthy regime. Also, take a look at why its not just a crock to focus on eating a diet full of healthy fruits and veggies, with the article Antioxidants in dietary plants.  

I also wanted to give a handout as a little reference guide for sweeteners to avoid and caffeine content in food-stuffs.  Enjoy!  Thanks as always, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Handout: Sweetners to avoid and caffeine content


A Systematic Screening of Total Antioxidants in Dietary Plants1 Bente L. Halvorsen,* Kari Holte,* Mari C. W. Myhrstad,* Ingrid Barikmo,** Erlend Hvattum,†Siv Fagertun Remberg,†Anne-Brit Wold,†Karin Haffner,†Halvard Baugerød,†Lene Frost Andersen,* Jan Ø. Moskaug,* David R. Jacobs, Jr.‡and Rune Blomhoff*2*Institute for Nutrition Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway;**Akershus University College, Bekkestua, Norway;†Agricultural University of Norway, Ås, Norway; and the‡Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits
Jeanelle Boyer and Rui Hai Liu*
Address: Department of Food Science and Institute of Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-7201 USA

Handout from lecture notes endeavourcollegeofnaturalhealth: melbourne viewed March21/2015