Did you know you could grow a steady harvest all year long of living food to nourish your body in less than 2 minutes per day and .25 cents per week? It’s easy, even for those who, like me, have a black thumb and can’t seem to grow anything.
This post will cover the easy steps of how to grow sprouts, how they can benefit your health, and how you can enjoy them every day.
First, let me show you how easy it is to grow sprouts.
- Place 1-2 Tablespoons of desired sprouting seeds or blend of seeds in each jar.
- Cover seeds with about an inch of filtered water.
- Place sprouting lids ontop of each jar.
- Set each jar upright on the kitchen counter, perferably by the sink.
- Let the seeds soak overnight.
- In the morning, swirl around the water and flip the jar over to drain out all the water.
- Set jars upside down to continue draining by the sink. I use a small tray underneath my jars to collect excess water.
- In the evening, rinse the seeds with water, again swirling around, and then draining out the water.
- Repeat this process every morning and evening until your seeds sprout and fill the jar.
- Pour out the sprouts onto a clean dish towel and spread out to let them air dry a bit before storing them in a refrigerator container.
- Eat daily on literally everything. Use within a week.
Please note: If you forget to rinse and drain and they start smelling, toss them in the trash or compost bin and start again. Let your nose be your guide to food safety.
I use Tupperware Fridgesmart containers to help my fresh produce last longer. You can read more about how I use them in my post about How to Keep Your Produce Fresh Longer.
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- The Sprout House Assorted Organic Sprouting Seeds Mixes Sample, Pack of 12
- Ball Mason Jar Pint Wide Mouth Clear Glass W/Lids and Bands, 16-Ounces (Set of 4)
- Plastic Sprouting Lids For Wide Mouth Mason Jars, BPA Free Plastic Been Screen-Grow Bean Sprouts, Alfalfa, Broccoli, Salad Sprouts etc, Easy Rinse & Drain, Maximum Air Flow-6 PACK
- Tupperware Fridgesmart Container Lime 375 ml / 12.7 fl ozfl oz
Interesting Facts About Sprouts
- they are nutrient-dense, superfoods
- they have more protein, vitamins, and minerals than un-sprouted seeds
- they are 20 times more nutritious than full-grown plants
- they have 100 times more beneficial enzymes than fresh fruits and vegetables
- they are high in fiber and bind to fats and toxins and helps you eliminate them
- they are high in fatty acids and antioxidants
- they are energizing because it is a living food
- they are alkaline so they help balance out your acid/alkalinity
- they are higher in phytonutrients than any other food source
The Health Benefits of Eating Sprouts
- they boost your immune system
- they aid in digestion
- they can aid in weight loss
- they can help you cleanse your body from toxins
- they reduce the risk of cancer
- they can help improve blood circulation
- they can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- they can help improve brain health
- they can lower blood glucose levels and prevent diabetes
- they can help prevent osteoporosis
- they can reduce menopause symptoms
Ways You Can Enjoy Sprouts Everyday
You can put them on salads, sandwiches, wraps, burritos, buddha bowls, omelets, nachos, stir-fries, avocado toast, and eat them just as they are as a snack.
Different Types of Sprouts You Can Try
Alfalfa, Broccoli, Clover, Radish, Kale, Mustard, Onion, Radish, Sesame, Chickpeas, Lentils, Mung Bean, Peas, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa, Wheat, Wild Rice, Almonds, Sunflower, Pumpkin and I am sure there are many more.
If you aren’t eating sprouts on a regular basis, I encourage you to give it a try. Growing sprouts is such an easy way to provide the highest quality nutrition with minimal effort and expense, no matter what season of the year it is.
Warning: Sprouts are addicting!!! You may start craving them every day. Be prepared!
How about you? Is this all new to you or are you already a sprout lover?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, below in the comments.
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