For the past couple of years I’ve been trying to make healthier food choices for myself and my family. I’ve learned a lot over that time and continue to pick up little tidbits here and there. Years ago I dated a guy who was a vegetarian and he loved sprouts. Since he always had them around the house I used to make myself cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwiches – oh so yummy. I had forgotten all about those sandwiches until recently when I saw sprouting seeds for sale in the garden centre. I bought a few packages of seeds and almost bought a sprouting tray but at the last moment decided against the sprouter which was about $25. When I got home I jumped on to my computer and looked up how to grow sprouts. It turned out they were really easy to start and although the sprouting trays are nice they really aren’t necessary.
Health Benefits of sprouts:
- Rich in essential nutrients including vitamin A, C, B1, B6 and K; Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, and Calcium
- Excellent source of enzymes
- Contain up to 35% protein
- Very easy to digest
- Great for weight loss, high in fiber and low in calories
How to grow your own sprouts:
All you need is a glass jar (mason jars are great for this), cheese cloth or nylon sock (I had some new ones that I’d never worn), seeds and water. Pour your seeds in the jar and stick your nylon sock on the top of the jar, add water, swirl around and then drain out. Do this a few times just to get rid of any dust or debris. Fill the jar with water so that it’s covering the seeds and then leave it somewhere bright but not in direct sunlight. The following day rinse the seeds again and fill again with water. Do this everyday (usually about 3-4 days) until you see little tails coming from the seeds. At this point, drain as much water from the jar as possible and then just leave it. In a couple more days your sprouts will be ready to eat and enjoy!