I mentioned on Wednesday that sprouts are really easy to grow (and super nutritious!) Have you ever tried to grow your own?
All you need are the seeds and a mason jar, covered with cheesecloth or a lid with holes (I got my jars at a natural food store but I’m sure you could order them online as well if you want “sprouting” jars.)
The seeds can be tricky to find… if you don’t have a natural food store nearby, you may have to order those online as well. The Whole Foods by our house stopped carrying them. I ordered these from The Sprout House.
How to Grow Your own Sprouts:
1.) Place a few Tbsps of seeds in a quart sized mason jar and cover completely with water. Let them soak for one day or overnight (8-12 hours).
2) Drain the water, and set them in a sunny place at room temperature. Each day, add water to cover them and drain them immediately, giving them a “drink.” That’s it!
Continue to water them daily and you’ll see the shoots appear within a few days. The sprouts will be ready to eat at 7-10 days. Once ready, store them in the refrigerator and add to salads, wraps, sandwiches, stir frys, noodle dishes, spring rolls, you name it!
So WHY grow your own sprouts?
First, they’re SUPER easy. And cheap. But here’s the nutritional bang:
Sprouts are multiplying their nutritional content, getting ready to grow into a plant, so in a few bites you are getting the nutrients of the entire plant! Plus…
- They have exceptionally higher levels of enzymes than other raw fruits or veggies (enzymes are proteins that contribute to all sorts of your body’s functions)
- The sprouts contain higher protein, fiber and vitamin content than eating the grown plant (concentrated source of nutrients)
- Good source of Vitamin B and omega 3 fatty acids
- Excellent for cleansing your body, particularly your detox organs like the liver
Spring is when sprouts begin to grow in nature, so this is the ideal time to grow your own. Your body is looking to clean itself out and recharge from winter.
What kinds of sprouts should I use?
Ideally, you want to limit legume sprouts as they contain some nutrient inhibitors (the seed’s way of protecting itself). Some of the best choices are alfalfa, mung bean, broccoli, sunflower, clover or radish sprouts.
If you’ve never tried it, you should! They’re one of the cheapest ways to get exceptionally high nutrients into your body.
Do you like sprouts? Have you ever tried growing your own?
What are you up to this weekend?