Alfalfa is a hearty and nutrient rich vegetable that is commonly used for feeding a variety of different animals. Although many people don’t often consider it to be a good part of a balanced human diet, it can nonetheless be a vital contributor to an overall healthy and nutrient full meal plan.
Alfalfa has many different benefits to it. Like other greens, it contains a wide range of beneficial nutrients without the disadvantages of having a high amount of salt, sugar, fat or calories. This means that it packs a dense nutrient load without filling you up or contributing to weight gain on its own. Read on for some of the best ways to include alfalfa in a diet that is rich in leafy green vegetables and other plant matter.
Alfalfa leaves are bitter and generally considered to not be ideal for eating. However, they can be boiled down and made into a delicious tea. This tea may needs to be sweetened somewhat, so most people who drink alfalfa leaf tea choose to sweeten it with a natural sweetening agent like honey or pure sugar. Alfalfa leaf tea helps to promote healthy digestion and can be used as an appetite stimulant. This is a great way of making sure that your body continues to process the food that you eat regularly, even as you change those foods around as a result of a diet that you may start on.
Alfalfa leaves can also be included in a standard diet. When they are added to meals they’re often included in stir fries or salads. The leaves of the alfalfa plant are among the richest in terms of nutrient content of any type of vegetable. They contain all eight of the essential amino acids as well as calcium, potassium, beta carotene, magnesium and many other vital nutrients.
Alfalfa sprouts are a crunchy addition to any sandwich and a great ingredient to mix into salads as well. Like other types of bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts are a good source of many different nutrients while simultaneously being very low in calories. They are also easy to grow at home and can easily be fit into a small windowsill or other out of the way place. However, grocery stores that carry alfalfa sprouts typically have them for a small amount of money anyway, so many people opt to just buy them from a store instead of making them separately.
Various parts of the alfalfa plant can be condensed down into a juice. This juice is often best when mixed with a number of fruit or other vegetable juices, but it is a rich source of many of the nutrients that are naturally found in alfalfa anyway.
Alfalfa plant components are available at many natural food grocery stores and nurseries.