Perfect Sprouts, Every Time! How to Sprout Seeds to Eat
I've recently become addicted to growing my own sprouts. If you come to my house, you will see all kinds of "strange" things on my counter top, and sprouts in varying stages will be one of them! I love growing my own sprouts, and I will show you how!
When I was a little girl, back in the 70's, my mom went through a very "healthy" stage. She even grew sprouts (horrors! to my little girl self) on the counter in one of those fancy seed sprouting gadgets. That was a fad back then, that sadly, didn't seem to last. But now that I'm all grown up, like my mom, I'm sprouting all kinds of things! This article is all about how great for you sprouts are and how you can sprout your own seeds to use on your salads, sandwiches, on eggs, or anything else you can imagine!
The Health Benefits of Sprouts
Sprouts are filled with enzymes! They are actually a live plant! While seeds and beans have anti-nutrients that either make digestion difficult and/or strip some of the nutrients from the food itself, sprouts have moved into a new stage of the plant life cycle and so, do not cause these problems, including gastric distress, otherwise known as "gas." They are also filled with fiber, which helps the intestinal tract!
Metabolism and Nutritional Balance (and Possibly Weight Loss?)
Protein is the go-to word for weight loss these days! Sprouts contain a very high amount of protein in relation to the other macro-nutrients (carbs and fat). There are some who believe that sprouts may even help you lose some weight! After all, they are a nice little vegetable. For vegans and vegetarians, especially, growing and eating your own sprouts may help ensure the proper amount of protein is eaten! Low carb, low (no) fat, and high protein. Sounds like a deal to me!
Immune System Booster
Sprouts are filled with nutrients that support the body, and especially the immune system. Vitamin C is especially prominent, as is Vitamin A. Did you know that as the sprout develops, the amount of Vitamin A increases by nearly 10 times? Specific health problems that sprouts may help with are cold sores, allergies, asthma, and more.
Overall, sprouts are an exceptional super food, and when eaten regularly can help improve a number of health issues.
A Little Warning
There have been some outbreaks of e-coli infection from eating sprouts. They are rare in the big picture, but I feel this needs to be mentioned. It is VERY important to only buy your seeds you plan to sprout from a reputable source. I always buy mine from Starwest Botanicals. Their quality is excellent, their shipping is fast, and their prices are very reasonable. PLUS, you can choose to buy organic for just pennies more. I have no worries using sprouts from this company.
Another Positive for Sprouting Your Own Seeds
It's SUPER inexpensive. I mean, I'm talking about cents for a huge Mason jar of sprouts! If you purchase them from the store, you will pay quite a lot for what you get (in my opinion). More importantly, you have no idea how truly fresh they are. Actually, compared to my own sprouts, I personally think they taste rather yucky. Yum! Cheap, fresh sprouts!
How to Sprout Seeds to Eat
You can sprout all kinds of seeds and legumes! Mung beans, chick peas, broccoli, red clover, barley, and the list goes on! You can also buy them in blends! Right now, my favorite is Starwest Botanicals Sandwich Sprout Blend. It contains a nice combination of Radish, Alfalfa, and Red Clover. Delicious!
What You Need to Sprout Your Own Seeds
Seeds, such as any of the above and more!
Wide mouth Mason Jar (I use at least a quart size, and usually go with a half gallon jar if I have one on hand)
Directions for Seed Sprouting
1. Measure out a tablespoon or two of the seeds in a wide mouth Mason jar (or other wide mouth jar is fine)
2. Cover the seeds with water and allow them to soak for several hours or overnight. Cover the opening of the jar with several layers of cheesecloth, using a rubber band to secure around the mouth of the jar.
3. Drain out all the water after the soak period is done, and rinse with fresh water. Drain again.
4. Lay the jar on its side, allowing the seeds to lay across the bottom of the moist jar.
5. Rinse well twice a day, drain the water each time, and again, lay the jar on its side.
6. After about 3 to 5 days depending on the seeds you use, you will have some LOVELY and TASTY sprouts!
Disclaimer: The information in this article, elsewhere on my blog, in my shop sites, in conversations, and on labels is for informational purposes only and not meant to cure, treat, diagnose, or prevent any medical condition. Please see a medical professional for concerns. I simply provide my own personal advice based on experience and study for ways to live a healthy and natural way of life. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
This post does contain an affiliate link to one of my favorite online shops. Starwest Botanicals is one of my favorite online shops for my herbs, supplies, and accessories. If you do happen to click through the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. It will not cost you anything! Thank you for supporting Healing Harvest Homestead!
Do you sprout? I'd love to know your experiences and your favorite seeds!
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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