Sprouts — How to grow sprouts

Sprouts are easy to grow indoors and provide a wealth of nutritional benefits.

If you’ve already started offering whole grains and nuts to your kids for snacking and in breads, etc., then you may find that adding an additional step to your  food preparation can make a huge difference in your family’s health.  Sprouted grains can provide more protein, vitamins, and minerals than unsprouted whole grains.  The whole makeup or chemistry of the seed changes when you allow them to begin sprouting before you eat them.  By growing your own sprouts, you can have very fresh, organic, right-from-your-kitchen sprouts at your fingertips to add to your sandwich, salad, stir fry dish, or juicer.  

A whole variety of sprouts is available for you to grow.  You don’t have to grow only alfalfa sprouts. You can choose from alfalfa, broccoli, sunflower, bean, grain, and pea sprouts. Each type of sprout offers a different flavor, smell, and nutritional benefits.

 

  • Alfalfa sprouts

    are what you’ll easily find at the grocery store.  You’ll get Vitamin A, B, C, and K by adding these to your juicer.  You’ll also get a bunch of antioxidant and phytoestrogen benefits from eating alfalfa.  I love to add them on top of my salad or inside my wrap with hummus and veggies.

  • Broccoli sprouts

    also will give you a lot of antioxidants and thus may have a cancer prevention value.  If you like broccoli, you’ll love broccoli sprouts with their radishy smell and flavor.  They’ll add zing to your sandwich.

  • Sunflower sprouts

    will give you Vitamins A, B, C, and E.  You’ll also get calcium, potassium, and amino acids from these nutty flavored sprouts.  Add them to a salad for a great flavor and nutrition booster.

  • Bean sprouts

    can be added to stir fry dishes and give your body Vitamins A, B, C, E, and some calcium and iron too.  They don’t typically have much flavor, but they soak up the sauce flavor in the dish and add a little bit of crunch to the dish.

  • Grain sprouts

    (wheat, barley, rye) will add as much as 30% of daily protein needed to a dish, they’re loaded with Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K  and give calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and lecithin to the sprout eater.  These sprouts are sweeter than the rest, so kids do tend to like them the best. Use in salads or as a substitute for white rice.

  • Pea sprouts

    give a boost of folic acid and Vitamins A & C when used in salads, stir fry dishes, and when added to sandwiches.

The steps for how to grow sprouts in your own kitchen using a mason jar

  1.  Buy high-quality, organic seeds for growing.  You can typically find them at health food stores and on-line stores will have them too.
  2. Rinse the seeds in warm water and then put them in a mason jar, place a cheesecloth over the opening and then secure the cloth with a rubber band.  Tip the jar over to drain all the water.  Repeat this process except you’ll let the seeds soak for 2-4 hrs before draining the second time.
  3. Then, rinse and drain well one more time.  Now you’ll prop the jar at an angle with the cheesecloth down to let the extra water drain out.  Be sure to allow air flow to the cheesecloth and store the jar in a cool, dark place.
  4. Once a day you’ll rinse and drain the seeds.  Do this for 2-4 days until you see the seeds sprout.
  5. When the seed is sprouted to your liking, then rinse well, wrap in a paper towel, place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them.

The steps for how to grow sprouts in your own kitchen using the tray method

  1. Purchase only high-quality, organic seeds for growing.  You can typically find them at health food stores and on-line sprouts stores will have them too.
  2. Rinse the seeds well in warm water and drain.  Then, place them in a container of warm water for up to 8 hrs. and allow to soak.
  3. Then, rinse and drain well once more.  Put a moist paper towel on a tray and sprinkle the seeds on top of the paper towel.  Store in a cool, dark place.
  4. Several times a day you’ll need to check the tray to make sure the paper towel is still damp.   Using a spray bottle, spray the paper towel as needed.
  5. When the seed is sprouted to your liking, then rinse well, wrap in a paper towel, place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them.

 

Sprouts are easy and quick to grow and do add many beneficial vitamins, minerals, and proteins to your kid’s healthy diet.  Now that you know how to grow sprouts, what’s keeping you?!

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