Sprout and Pour

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Amanda Blake, the owner of sprout and pour, to speak about her juice bar the other day.  I am pleased to say that I met a kindred spirit.  I found out that she and her husband are helping introduce the community to a healthier way of life for all the “right” reasons.

I silently thank Amanda every time I drive by her juice bar at 927 Oxmoor Road in Homewood, AL for making it easier to choose healthy foods that balance our bodies.  She and her husband are leading the way in this city bringing awareness to what we are putting in our body.  The more people that understand what we put in our bodies directly affects our health and the function of our body, the better we will be.

Several years ago Amanda was very sick with many symptoms that were unexplainable.  She was fatigued, her thyroid and adrenals were off and her heart had some issues.  There was no clear diagnosis, but she was so exhausted she could not get out of bed some days.  She had no energy to do all the things that she normally did and she could not keep food down.

Thankfully, through her sister’s wisdom, Amanda was introduced to juicing and live,raw food.  It took about 3 months, but her health and vitality returned.  She decided that more people needed to understand this concept and turned her passion for health into a business.

Amanda started out with a stall at the pepper place farmer’s market here in Birmingham.  It was very difficult to get licensed because she was definitely the first person in Jefferson County and probably the whole state of Alabama who wanted to cold press fruit and vegetables.  Finally she got the license and was surprised how many people were interested in her product.  She could not keep up with the demand.  From here she decided to open a juice bar.  Now she has plans to open one in the Summit in July and another location downtown Birmingham.  She has plans to extend her raw food selection as well.

One interesting thing that we talked about is the difference between feeding your body juices and whole food smoothies.  Sprout and Pour offers both.  When your health is bad and your digestive system is not functioning optimally, it is best to consume juice because it is more readily available to your cells.  Your body does not have to work for the nutrients in order to absorb them.  Once your system starts to function better, smoothies offer your body more phytonutrients and fiber.  Your body still does not have to work as hard for the nutrients in a smoothie, like it would to digest a salad.

I found this information about cashew milk very interesting and took this directly from her site.

•The nutrients in homemade cashew milk reflect the vitamins and minerals from 1/4 cup of cashews. One cup of homemade cashew milk contains 15 percent of the daily value, or DV, for vitamin K, based on consuming 2,000 calories daily.

•Vitamin K is an essential part of several different proteins that are responsible for making blood clot and building strong bones.

•13 percent of the DV for iron and 25 percent for magnesium from 1 cup of homemade cashew milk.

•Magnesium works with hundreds of enzymes that produce energy and synthesize proteins, while you need iron to carry oxygen in red blood cells and to support your immune system.

 

I hope if you have not tried Sprout & Pour that you will.

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Let me know what your favorite juice or smoothie is that you get here or anywhere else.