Apr 052016

Fresh juice from organic fruits and veggies

Juicing is a fantastic way for anyone to add enzymes and nutrients into their daily routine without much difficulty at all!  When drinking a juice, even one a day, you can easily consume the daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies, all in one go (but, of course, you will hopefully be eating veggies all day too!).

In addition to allowing us to consume more vegetables than we would be able to eat, the process of juicing allows for the enzymes and nutrients to be quickly and efficiently absorbed by the body.  In today’s society, most of us have a suffering digestive system in one way or another, which means many nutrients we consume through our food are not actually assimilated into the body, but rather discarded as waste.  Which means… we need more nutrients and enzymes!  Enter fresh juice- the body can quickly take in all the goodness it has to offer without needing to spend energy creating enzymes internally or digesting each bit of food.

Stop by The Sprout to restock your body’s nutrients and start on your journey to better health and living!

Aug 052015

An example of a weekly CSA share

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model allows for consumers to purchase shares in the farm for a season in return for a specific amount of produce/product each week. Some farms have pick-up locations while others will deliver and most farms offer different size shares.  It is the best way to get the freshest, seasonal, local and organic veggies each week.  These veggies will provide you the highest nutritional content, as well as supporting your local economy and helping your wallet, as most are an excellent deal for the amount and quality of fruits and vegetables received.

Here is a list of CSA’s available around the Charleston area:


May 142015
Grab & Go Menu with Cold Press Juices

New Grab and Go Menu with Cold Press Juices

If you haven’t already heard or been by, we rolled out our NEW Grab & Go menu this week at our Mount Pleasant location! Delicious, wholesome, organic wraps and salads as well as our new line of COLD PRESS JUICES are always in stock. Everything is made fresh daily and packed for your convenience in our Grab & Go cooler. Regular menu items are still available.
No hassle. No wait. Health at your fingertips.


Grilled Organic Tzatziki Wrap – veggie tips, cucumber, greens, tomato, red onion, quinoa
Organic BBQ Wrap – mock chicken, greens, spicy slaw, roasted corn
Organic Mock Egg Wrap- mock egg, greens, black beans, red onion, dill
Walnut Burger Wrap- house made walnut burger, organic greens, tomato, cuke

Grilled Organic Tzatziki – veggie tips, cucumber, greens, tomato, red onion, quinoa
Organic BBQ Salad – mock chicken, greens, spicy slaw, roasted corn (GF)
Organic Mock Egg Salad – mock egg, greens, red onion, dill (GF)
Organic Garden Salad – greens, arugula, tomato, cucumber, onion, carrots, marinated kale (GF)

House-made Dressings
Tahini – lemon, garlic (GF)
Tzatziki – sesame, dill, lemon, cucumber (GF)
Basil Walnut Vinaigrette – balsamic, oregano, EVO, garlic (GF)
Creamy Dijon – cayenne, tofu cream (GF)

Cold Press Juices
Carrot / Ginger / Apple (GF)
Kale / Orange / Apple/ Ginger (GF)
Beet / Cucumber / Carrot / Apple (GF)
Kale / Cucumber / Lemon / Celery / Apple (GF)

(GF) Gluten Free
Allergen information: All ingredients are completely organic, vegetarian, vegan and HEALTHY! 

COMING SOON! Our Grab & Go menu at the EcoFitness Downtown location!


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Apr 212015
Spring Juice Fast Special

Offer expired June 30th, 2015

From a health stand point, what better time to do a little “Spring cleaning”! Cleanse your body from the inside out. Fasting is also a great way to kickstart weight-loss – just in time for the warmer weather.

The Special

Spring Juice Fast SpecialBuy one or both for yourself, a friend, or significant other.

Use it anytime: now or in a month or two – “bank it”! Customize your fast to fit your body’s needs and your personal goals… You can split the days (it doesn’t have to be 3 consecutive days). In other words, for those of you that aren’t so sure about how your body will handle juicing for three consecutive days, use it one day a week for three weeks instead. Or, come up with your own plan. It’s flexible and easy!

Those enrolled get free consultation and guidance.

Come see us!

The Sprout Café is open Monday – Thursday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Sprout Café is located at 627 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite B, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. We’re are located right next to EcoFitness.

Jan 122015
The Sprout Cafe presents 'Demystifying Women's Hormone Imbalances'

Meg Richichi will explain the importance of taking care of your hormones during her Jan. 22 talk at The Sprout Cafe at 6:30 p.m.

The Sprout Café is hosting a talk by Meg Richichi, Integrative Women’s Health Practitioner and Board Certified Acupuncturist, Jan. 22 6:30-8 p.m. that will address the importance of taking care of your hormones.

The free presentation, called “Connecting the Dots – Demystifying Women’s Hormone Imbalances,” will offer women the chance to have a down-to-earth conversation about their hormonal health and well-being. To register, email pleasantsprout@yahoo.com.

In addition to the informative talk, The Sprout Café will be offering 15% off all beverages, and attendees can enter a drawing to win a free 90-minute nutritional consultation with Richichi — a $300 value.

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Sep 232014

Fall into a healthy routine with The Sprout Cafe

The kids are back in school and fall is upon us. If you’re like us at The Sprout Cafe, you’re probably still getting used to the transition from a low-key summer to a busy fall, complete with work, school, after school activities, family life, all the while trying to eat right and exercise.

The Sprout Café can help you find balance by offering healthy foods, juices and smoothies for the entire family, catering services and detoxes to help boost your energy and your immune system.

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Aug 292014

There are mufti-faceted health benefits of fermentation and even the history and process are facinating. The process is very simple. Mixed with any variety of grated, sliced, or diced vegetables, you simply add salt.  Mash and mix well, jar it tightly, leaving 1-2″ space between the veggies and lid, and let it sit for a few days or weeks for the fermentation process to occur.  The salt preserves the food initially, keeping bad bacteria out until the lactic acid begins to take over and thereby preserve the food. Lactobacilli are lactic-acid producing bacteria which cover every living surface around us.

The process of lacto-fermentation is cross-cultural and cross-generational (until now when we have lost this type of food in our diets). From Japan’s pickled plums, ume boshi, to Korea’s kimchi, to Europe’s sauerkraut, to India’s pickled chutneys, the practice is wide-spread and has been used for centuries as a method of preservation before the relatively recent incorporation of electrical refrigeration.

Store bought pickles and sauerkraut are no longer fermented, but instead preserved in an acidic solution (usually vinegar and/or other preservatives) and then pasteurized. This detracts from the nutritional content, as well as from the wide-ranging benefits of incorporating healthy living bacteria (flora) into our digestive system.

Fermentation turns the carbohydates in the vegetables into lactic acid. Ingesting this lactic acid makes digestion easier and stimulates proper digestive functioning. It may even increase metabolism. The beneficial bacteria and digestive enzymes are very important for digestive health. Not only does the lactic acid enhance digestibility, but it also increases vitamin levels. Fermented foods have powerful medicinal properties and can potentially cure a range of maladies, such as arthritis, diabetes, indigestion and cancer. These fermented foods contain anti-carcinogenic and antibiotic substances.

So why have we lost touch with such a richly nutritious food? Partly, this is due to the difficulty this process poses for industrialized techniques. The process can’t be done in huge quantities and the results are necessarily variable. Some consider this to be more of an artisanal craft than a strict science.

The fear of bacteria in our culture is partly to blame. Unfortunately, in ridding of all the bad, toxic bacteria, we have also rid of all the good bacteria and thereby created weakened systems, whether that be digestive or even the functioning of our bodies as a whole.

Increased ability to preserve things through refrigeration and chemical preservatives has likely had an impact on the loss of this technique, as well.

 Kombucha is a fermented tea that has a certain culture or bacteria strain, referred to as the “mother.” Add sweetened, room temperature, black tea to the culture, wait 1-2 weeks and the product is ready. The bacteria grows to cover the surface area of the tea, allowing for the anaerobic fermentation process to take place. Fermentation takes place in the absence of oxygen, so when fermenting things such as sliced cabbage (sauerkraut), it is important to just barely cover the top with water, making sure the fruits or vegetables are submerged in the liquid.

Here is a great  fermented cabbage recipe using salt, cabbage and other veggies and spices:

In addition to sauerkraut and kombucha, there are endless other possibilities to try, such as fermented salsa, fermented bean dip, fermented pickles and fermented jams.

One great book to learn more about the process, recipes and health benefits of fermentation is “Nourishing Traditions,” by Sally Fallon. Fermentation is but one of many topics discussed in her book with recipes included. She is often referenced on internet sites promoting the benefits of lacto-fermentation. Some other sites with recipes and information include:

The possibilities are endless, the process is very simple once you understand it, and the health benefits are unbeatable!   You will surely be satisfied by the complex flavor profiles, as well as the numerous long term health benefits.

May 152014

This May marks The Sprout’s 7th year in business!  

We are so happy to have been a part of raising the level of health in the world for this long.  It is truly a gift and we want to express our deepest gratitude to all of our customers, friends and family who have supported us along the way.

Stop in to check out our 7 year special offers:

Buy 7 burritos, taco lunches, or sandwiches and get the 8th meal FREE with our new punch card!


Get $30 OFF a 7 day juice fast!

Apr 182014

Fresh greens topped with tons of veggies and nuts, including sunflower seeds, flax, walnuts and cashews, make this salad a power house of energy and nutrition!

With this variety of nuts you can expect to get a healthy dose of selenium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, heart-healthy oils, and protein.

Stop by to try one of our favorite Sprout salads today!