Sprouts are part of my daily diet for almost a year, and I’m so grateful for the huge amount of benefits these tiny little things offer me. Here are the reasons why you should absolutely eat sprouts regularly, and how to grow them at home!
Sprouts are simply a real explosion of life!
Besides their idyllic energetic properties, they contain lots of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fibers, enzymes, trace elements, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids and amino acids.They are great for digestion and balances the intestinal flora.
Here are some of the most famous seeds to get sprouts:
alfalfa, arugula, azuki beans, basil, beet, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, caraway, chickpeas, chicory, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, flax, green soybeans, horseradish, leek, lentils, millet, mung beans, mustard, onion, peas, purslane, radish, rice, sesame, spinach, sunflower, turnip, watercress, and many others…
Now if you take a look at the picture above, you will see a sprout growing kit that I call the “stairs-sprouter”, because it is made of different levels. I find that this type of sprouter is ideal because these stairs have small holes to let the water get out when you’re rinsing them from the top. This way, all the toxins that are released by the plants mostly at night, are eliminated.
All you have to do is to:
1- plunge your seeds in a glass of water for one night (or more glasses if you have different types of seeds because it is always better to separate them). Depending on the type of seeds, it is sometimes necessary necessary to keep them longer in water;
2- place the seeds by type into the different levels of stairs;
3- rinse them from the top with water (tap water works fine if it’s of good quality, if not use bottled water). Do it twice a day: when you wake up and before you go to bed, so that you won’t forget;
4- let them grow in a well lit place without direct sunlight, and don’t necessarily let the stairs nested in each other as the sprouts grow: they need to breathe!
You will then be able to quickly add them to your healthy meals, salads, smoothies, or even taste each sprout alone. I sometimes use them as a snack and it is much healthier than potato chips, sandwiches or sweet things.
You can also keep them in the fridge (max. 2 days) or buy them already prepared at an organic food store, at the refrigerated shelves section.
I’m sure that you will be fascinated watching the sprouts grow every day!