Sprouts Raw and Tasty
Sprouts are also rich in more then 60 trace minerals, including iron, iodine, selenium, zinc, copper, manganese, sulfur, magnesium, chromium, and molybdenum. And when you grow them at home they are the best possible source of elevating biotics critical to your body's production of vitamin B12.
HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN SPROUTS
- Choose your kit to get started. There are loads of expensive kits out there, but there is no need! I started with this mason jar kit which I loved and was easy peasy and have since upgraded to this kit for more growing capability.
- Choose the sprouts you want to grow. Use only certified organic.
- Filtered water
- Soak seeds in water for 8 - 10 hours, I fine it best to leave them overnight.
- Then spread evenly in sprouting container (hard to do in a mason jar.)
- Rinse seeds 2-3 times a day by pouring water over the sprouts and allowing them to drain for 3 days. Use filtered water only.
- Then rinse sprouts daily until they are ready to harvest.
- Most sprouts are ready to eat after 6-7 days, but check your individual seed varieties for additional instructions.
- Store sprouts in the fridge, in an airtight container. Most sprouts will keep for up to 5 days, but keep an eye on them and throw them out if they change color, become mushy, or develop an unpleasant smell.
WHICH SPROUTS ARE THE BEST?
BEAN SPROUTSBean sprouts are the easiest. If you struggle with growing things, I promise that even on your first try you will have lots of yummy sprouts to enjoy! After dried beans undergo this change, the amount of folate, vitamin C, and proteins in them increases exponentially. Vitamin C is one of the most potent and effective antioxidants known to us and folate affects the synthesis, repair, and maintenance of DNA cells. Therefore, this nutrient is essential for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Broccoli contains these elements as well but in much smaller doses. Researchers claim that in order to reduce the risk of cancer with some measure of success, one would need to consume no less than two pounds of broccoli per day. However, sprouts have such a huge concentration of these elements that you’ll only need to eat between 0.5 and 3.5 ounces of them everyday to achieve the same results.
WHats the best way to eat sprouts?
- Raw is always best. In a salad, on sandwich and wraps, in smoothies, or on top of a protein at dinner or breakfast. They also make great additions to slaws.
- Mung sprouts can be blanched and cooked and make great additions to stir fry's. Add them at the end of the recipe so they maintain their crispness. *Please note that most other sprouts get wilted and become a blob of unappetizing sprouts when cooked.
- One of the easiest ways to consume sprouted foods is to incorporate them into a smoothie. Adding a serving size of broccoli sprouts into your smoothie can add great health benefits whilst making them tasty to eat too! Here is a great recipe to try: Add 1 banana, 2-3 large handfuls of baby kale or spinach, 1 handful of sprouts, 1 mango, 1 cup filtered water and blend and enjoy!