How to Grow your own Sprouts

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).

Soaking Sprouts day one

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!

Sprouts growing Day 4

Sprouts growing Day 4

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.

Sprouts ready

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?

 

34 thoughts on “How to Grow your own Sprouts

  1. Oh so cool Laura! Thanks for this! I have always been curious about this! Yay!

    It is Penn Relays here in Philly this weekend, so all hands on deck as the city is alive with track and field….but makes for VERY long days coaching! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I love eating sprouts but I never thought to grow my own. I never even wondered what seeds, exactly, they were. Happy weekend!

  3. I can’t believe I have never thought of doing this, I absolutely love this idea!!! I can only imagine how much fresher they would taste then the store bought ones! Thank you so much for sharing this great tip!

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    • Hey Linz! Not dumb at all- they are actually harder to find than they used to be (due to some fear of contamination or bacteria). I found my local Whole Foods does not carry them, but I’ve gotten them locally at natural food stores in the past, or ordered online. The ones I have now I got from the sprout house (online) and Mountain rose herbs.com is another reputable source. Btw, yay on your 2 miles!!
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  5. Silly question…Do you eat the whole thing or just the sprouted part? Thanks!

  6. Broccoli bothers my tummy. Will the sprouts effect me the same way? Thanks again!

    • Hi Laura! You can definitely eat the whole thing. It’s “ready” when most of the seed has turned inside out into and is less noticeable. If broccoli bothers your stomach, the sprouts would be a bit easier to digest but I would avoid it and stick to other sprouts like alfalfa instead.
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