APL Big Bad Ass Bowl: Sprouted Chickpea & Veg

When you have pre-chopped veggies and a few staples around the house, it’s so easy to make a big healthy, raw bowl of yumminess for a seriously fulfilling, nutrient-dense meal. That’s what is most important EVERY time you sit down to eat- you chow on something that fills you up until your next meal and is made up of super foods that have varied health benefits (the more colorful the meal, the more varied the nutrients- taste the rainbow!)

The big health players in this bowl include:

Alfalfa Sprouts are basically babies in the plant world, but don’t let that fool you. These little things can have 4000 times the nutrients of an adult plant-holy bananas, right? This means a crazy amount of nutrients with SO many enzymes and amino acids in them, just looking at them can make you healthy. (Not really, so eat them.) You will like the spice they add to your meal- trust.

Chickpeas replace my need for meaty meals during the week. One cup of chickpeas has 269 calories that are filled with fiber, iron, manganese, folate, copper and zinc. The most important being fiber, garbanzo beans contain 65-75% insoluble fiber, which cleans out the colon. Not to get gross ladies & gents, but we NEED help keeping our insides clean, trust. This is why I am so big on water intake, a high fiber diet, and regular colon hydrotherapy treatments. 

Sprouted Hummus vs Regular Hummus we say sprout it all- sprouting dried beans, grains, et al enhances their nutrient profile! Why not make something healthy, even healthier?!? We’re on board. When we don’t have time to sprout our own chickpeas and slam 5 ingredients in a blender for hummus (it’s super easy guys, but life happens, right?) – we buy ours at Chicago RAW.

Baby Greens are the best-the darker, the better. The darker the lettuce, the more the nutrients! We love our high quality, organic baby greens (pick one with kale in it) because they are filled with Vitamins A, C, and K and minerals folate and iron. A 2-cup serving is just 46 calories, so basically a no-brainer.

Don’t forget the cancer-fighting tomatoes, oxin flushing cucumber, metabolism-boosting cayenne pepper, and flavor-enhancing raw red onion (flavor without the fat of more sauce.)

Put the Bad Ass Bowl together:

  • 2 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts, well-washed
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, sprouted
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 TB red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 3 TB sprouted hummus
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • Raw tahini, drizzled on top
  • Organic sriracha, if you like it HOT!
RecipesAshley Pettit