Can Eating Sprouts Improve Your Health?

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I am starting to get more and more into the world of sprouting and micro greens. When I found out that eating sprouts is incredibly healthy as well as delicious I was very interested. Growing sprouts at home is really easy. The other day “made” some sunflower sprouts, meaning I sprouted some sunflower seeds. The easiest process in the world. Once they were ready instead of using them in a dish I decided to just eat them as a snack.

They were delicious. One of the simplest and healthiest snacks you can eat. Sprouts are very low in calories and extremely high in nutrients. That sounds like a good deal for my health. The kind of food I want to be a eating.

I see that you can find all types of sprouts in most grocery stores now, not only health food stores. This is great for when you haven’t had the time to prepare any at home.

Sprouting at home is really easy and much much cheaper than buying them in the store. It also means you get the freshest sprouts possible.

While snacking on my sunflower sprouts, I was listening to some music, and this verse by Slug from a C -Rayz Walz song called “In Your Soul” caught my attention, so I thought I would share it here since it was part of my sprout snacking experience.  The words spoke to me. I am sure we can all relate in some way.

“When I wake up to the sun shining on my physical
sometimes it’s difficult for me to get my vision
so I’m squinting at the ceiling
waiting for my pain to peel
just to reinforce the feeling that I believe in is real.
But my soul never needed validation
so I get up, stand up to get some elevation
and I make my preparation for the day like any other
Hustle though the puzzle trying to guarantee my supper
I’m not perfect, the proof is in the poison
but I try to keep the balance with the movement of voice.

WHAT CAN BE SPROUTED?

 Any seed, grain, or bean that has the potential to grow.  Some common sprouts are alfalfa, radish, sunflower, mung beans, broccoli, lentils, chickpeas, clover, buckwheat but like I said any seed, grain, or bean can be sprouted.

 

WHY EAT SPROUTS?

When the seed begins the process of growing, of creating new life, much of the stored nutrients are concentrated in the shoot and greenery that emerge in a form that is much more absorbable for our systems.
The increase in nutrients will vary from one type of sprout to the other. Protein content will increase anywhere from 15% to 30% and carbohydrate content will decrease because it is being converted. Vitamin and mineral content are significantly increased in sprouts.

Sprouts are a living food that contain enzymes that improve our digestion and assimilation of this food. Sprouts are loaded with nutrients that our body can use.

HOW TO SPROUT?

First step is to chose what you want to sprout. You can use some dried chickpeas or lentils that you have already have at home or you can go buy some seeds. Most health food stores carry a wide selection of sprouting seeds.

Rinse your seeds, grains or beans and then cover with water and soak for 24 hours in a mason jar.

Drain your seeds and leave them at the bottom of the mason jar. Cover the top with a small piece of cheese cloth. I use an elastic to keep it on.
Keep away from direct sunlight.
Rinse with water at least twice a day to keep them clean. Once when you wake up and once in the evening.

Continue this process for a few days until sprouted. Different seeds will take different lengths of time and you can always chose to sprout for more or less time. Experiment.

Once you are satisfied with your sprouts rinse them one last time and store in a sealed container in the fridge. The sooner you eat them the better.

This is one way of growing sprouts and the one I suggest starting with. It works well at home because doesn’t require any soil and doesn’t take up much space.

HOW TO EAT SPROUTS?

As mentioned I ate my sunflower sprouts as is as a snack and they were amazing. Different sprouts can be used for different things. Most can be used in salads, the leafy green ones are great in smoothies, in sandwiches, or as a topping on a final dish for added nutrition.

I have made falafel with sprouted chickpeas before. I have made hummus with sprouted buckwheat before. There are tons of things you can do with sprouts.

So whether you chose to start by buying some sprouts at the grocery store or do give sprouting a try at home I strongly recommend incorporating a variety of sprouts into your diet for all the health benefits they offer.  They truly are a living food and life brings life.

Let me know what your favourite kind of sprouts are, and how you like to eat them.

 

 

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