Sprouting for Dummies :)

Sprouts are one of nature’s super foods.  Bursting with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein and bio-genic (oxygen rich) properties, Sprouts are a myriad of nutrition  🙂

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Sprouting is so easy, simple and fun! It is like gardening all the year round so you can enjoy the powerhouse of nutrients on a daily basis.

And powerhouse is truly what they are!

When a seed is dormant many of the nutrients are locked away, but once the seed starts to germinate the dormant seed starts to become a live plant. Sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables allowing your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat. Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all your body’s functions and crucial to excellent health.

The quality of the protein in beans, nuts, seeds, or grains improves when it is sprouted. Proteins change during the soaking and sprouting process, improving nutritional value. The amino acid lysine, for example, which is needed to prevent cold sores and to maintain a healthy immune system, increases significantly during the sprouting process.

Vitamin content increases dramatically. This is especially true of vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E. The vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans, or nuts increases by up to 20 times the original value within only a few days of sprouting.

Sprouts actually contain oxygen and regular consumption of raw bio-genic foods with their abundant oxygen is valuable to health. Double Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg found growth of cancer cells were initiated by a lack of oxygen and these cells, along with viruses and bacteria, could not live in an alkaline and oxygen rich environment. Bio-genic foods are also a good source of essential fatty acids (the average western diet is generally deficient in these) which play a major role in the immune system defenses and are one of the highest food sources of fiber.

Sprouts are alkalizing to your body and a healthy body is alkaline (i.e not acidic). Many illnesses including cancer have been linked to excess acidity in the body. Broccoli sprouts are especially effective at preventing gastritis, ulcers, stomach cancer and even known to benefit allergies and asthma.

So, do you want to add something to your daily diet that is easy, versatile, tasty AND packed with an abundance of health benefits? If so, sprouts, my friend are your answer!

Sprouts are inexpensive. People frequently use the cost of healthy foods as an excuse for not eating healthy. But, with sprouts being so cheap, there really is no excuse.

On a personal note: I grow sprouts on my kitchen counter all the year round. I add them to my salads, smoothies, and sometimes just grab a handful to snack on because they are that good to munch on!  There are many different kinds of sprouting seeds to buy so you never get bored!  I really like the seed blends as they have a cross section of textures and flavours.

It is as easy as 1,2,3…let me tell you how.

First of all make sure you buy organic seeds for sprouting, I buy mine here (if you live in Canada, oh and – when asked who referred you, I would very much appreciate you naming “inthepink” to help keep my website going.  Thanks!)

For sprouting I use the Easy Sprout container (you can buy it here in Canada – when asked who referred you, I would very much appreciate you naming “inthepink” to help keep my website going.  Thanks!  For ordering in the USA, click here.)

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All you need to do is put about 3 tablespoons of seeds in the Easy Sprout container and cover with pure, filtered water to soak (please do not use tap water because of the chlorine and other harmful chemicals it may contain).  Soaking time differs with the seed you are using, the smaller the seed the shorter the soak (anywhere from 4-8 hours). Then drain off the water.  With the Easy Sprout that just means lifting the inner container out of the outer container over the sink and the water runs out of the holes at the bottom.  Swirl the container around a few times and tap a couple of times on the side of the sink to get as much of the water released as possible.

Then put the inner container with the seeds back into the outer one and place the dome lid on the container and leave on your countertop in a quiet corner. You do not need to place the container in sunlight.

Rinse and drain seeds twice a day, I do mine in the morning when I wake up and before I head off to bed.

After a day or two you will see the seeds starting to sprout and after a few days (depending on the temperature in your kitchen) the seeds will be fully sprouted and the container will be full.

After the final rinse, replace the domed lid with the flat lid and store in the fridge.  I started these guys a few days ago ad they are almost ready to be eaten 🙂

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Easy as that!

 

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