Nutrient-Dense Fresh Greens: How To Grow Sprouts at Home.
Hey guys! 😀
If you love sprouts and you are interested in growing your own, you’ve come to the right place! With this blog I hope to answer all the questions you may have and give you the courage and the tools to start your very own little sprout farm today. 😉
Sprouts are a *super* food that is overlooked by many. Sprouting is easy to do at home, cost effective and can be done anywhere year-round.
More so, sprouting has great health benefits!
- Sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables. This allows your body to be more efficient at extracting vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat.
- The levels of vitamins and EFAs (essential fatty acids) increase dramatically during the sprouting process.
- Sprouts have the highest concentration of phytonutrients per calorie of any food. Phytonutrients play an active role in the amelioration of disease.
- The quality of the protein and the fiber content of seeds, grains, nuts and beans improves when sprouted.
- Sprouting makes grains, seeds, beans easier to digest as well. This is great news for those with digestion problems.
- Sprouts help the body detox, purify the blood and fight inflammation.
What seeds to sprout?
Common seeds for sprouting include alfalfa, fenugreek, lentils, peas, radish, and red clover. Other less common seeds include cabbage, broccoli, garbanzos, mustard seed, sunflower seeds, flax, chia and quinoa.
When buying sprouting seeds look for organic non GMO varieties. Most natural food stores have the common sprouting seeds. If you know a farmer who grows the seeds you want without chemicals, buy in bulk. Most seeds keep for a year or longer in a cool dry place.
Equipment you need to grow sprouts:
- Mason jars
- Organic sprouting seeds
- Fine mesh or cheesecloth
- Rubber bands
- Small bowl
1) Rinse one tablespoon of seeds with room temperature water to remove any dust or impurities.
2) Put the seeds into a mason jar. Soak for at least 4 hours or overnight (for larger seeds) in pure chemical free water. We have a ALKAL-LIFE 7000sl ph Calibration System, for sprouts I use just purified water.
3) Place mesh over the mouth of the jar and secure it with a rubber band.
4) Rinse the seeds with water 2 – 3 times a day and place the jar upside down in the bowl.
5) Repeat for 3 – 4 days or until your sprouts are ready (may take longer in cooler weather).
6) When the first green leaves develop, put the jar in light for a few hours (not direct sunlight!).
7) Separate out the husks. Fill the far (or a big bowl) with water, stir gently. Take the sprouts out and put them in a storing container. The husks will be at the bottom / top of the jar.
8) Store your sprouts in a covered container with a paper towel at the bottom to absorb excess moisture. Use the sprouts within a week or two.
Make sprouts a part of your daily super-food intake. They are a great source of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect against free radical damage.
Mix them in salads, put them in fresh rolls or wraps, and they even taste delicious in soups!
What is your favorite way to eat sprouts? Leave your comment below!