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Sprouts

I always envisioned myself with this beautiful garden.  I grew up in NJ and everyone there had gardens overflowing with produce.  I have not had much luck with the Colorado soil and truth to be told I don’t like gardening. I would much rather be doing something else then tending to it. I felt that as a nutritionist I should be making meals with all the bounty I created.  But instead I enjoy searching for local farms, going to farmers markets and getting to know the people that I purchase my food from.  

This is why I love sprouts so much. I can grow them in my home and they take only days.  It is great for kids who can see the sprouts grow each day and then in only a few days get to enjoy them. 

I purchased a variety of seeds online at amazon and I also purchased three seed lids for the different size seeds.  Not only are they easy to grow and great to munch on, but they are also filled with health benefits. 

 

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the seeds into your mason jar and fill with water and use the appropriate size lid.

IMG_0269     mason jar lid sproutsLeave the jar overnight in a dark place-I put it in a cabinet. 

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The next day pour out the water, rinse the seeds and place in a bowl at an angle so the rest of the water can drain out.  Continue to do this daily.

sprouts tilted in bowl

 

The seeds will start to sprout-depending on the seed it could take 3-7 days for the sprouts to mature.

sprouts done

  1.  Store the fully grown sprouts in your fridge for 3 to 4 days but I am sure you will eat all of them by then. Do not store long term, as they are made to be eaten within a few days.

See how easy that is!  Enjoy them in salads, on sandwiches, as a garnish, on top of your tacos and fajitas and more. 

Why should you add sprouts to your diet?  Well growing your own is fun and in the long run cheaper than the ones you purchase in the store and you also have more choices and variety when you grow your own. It makes a fun activity to do with kids, but the real benefit is for your health.

  1. There can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than in uncooked fruit and veges.  What does this mean? Well, it means that you will extract more vitamins and minerals and amino acids from the food source.  So for instance, broccoli compared to broccoli sprouts-while both are great to add to your diet, the sprouts will pack a nutritional punch in a small amount.  Kids don’t like broccoli?  Add broccoli sprouts to their diet then. 
  2. The quality of the protein improves when it is sprouted. So it improves the nutritional value of the bean, nut, seed or grain.
  3. The fiber content is increased when sprouted. The protein content is increased but the carbohydrate content is decreased.
  4. The vitamin content is also increased, especially for vitamin A, B complex, C and E.  For instance, if you sprout mung beans, you can increase the thiamine content by up to 285 percent!
  5. Sprouts are alkalizing to the body so they will assist with balancing your ph levels.

So go get some sprouts and start growing!

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