I do a lot of sprouting and find it is a great addition to salads and even breads. They are great nutrient packed little powerhouses that can do a lot for your overall health. I just do mine in mason jars with cheese cloth for the lid. It works great and is so easy.
Here is a really informative article I found on them. Give them a try and spice up that menu plan. Your blood sugar will thank you for it and so will your taste buds!
From Natural News
Three big reasons why people sprout
People sprout for three primary reasons:
Reason #1) Vegans and vegetarians sprout seeds to eat high-protein living foods which make up the bulk of their diets.
Reason #2) Surthrivalists sprout seeds to grow their own emergency foods indoors, using no soils and having a compact food storage benefit (seeds are really tiny, but they sprout into larger foods).
Reason #3) Smart consumers sprout seeds in order to save money on their grocery bill, as sprouted seeds provide high-density nutrition at a fraction of the cost of traditional superfoods.
Sprouting, in other words, is one of the few strategies used by vegans, vegetarians, survivalists, practical household moms and everybody else who wants to grow their own powerful nutrition for pennies a serving.
It's almost a form of "micro-gardening" because you're practicing small-scale agriculture right on your kitchen counter. Kinda fun, actually…
Why sprouts can keep you alive (and more…)
Sometimes people joke about those who eat a lot of sprouts ("It's rabbit food!"), but the science behind sprouting is no joke. Scientifically speaking:
• Sprouts synthesize their own natural VITAMINS.
• Sprouts are high in blood-cleansing CHLOROPHYLL.
• When grown in the right water, sprouts absorb numerous MINERALS and convert them into organic, bioavailable forms for safe human consumption.
• Sprouts are LIVING food that provide enzymes and other supportive benefits to human health.
• Sprouts are HIGH PROTEIN foods that can also help maintain or even build muscle mass.
• Some types of sprouts contain ANTI-CANCER nutrients such as I3C, which are widely documented and also common in cruciferous vegetables.
The bottom line is that sprouts can give you living vitamins from plants — and this is something you can enjoy on a daily basis or during a food crisis, if that's what you reserve it for.
How to sprout for (almost) FREE
I wouldn't want to live on sprouts alone, but neither would I want to live without them! For me, they are part of my daily diet of superfood smoothies (avocado chocolate smoothies, for example), quinoa lentil soups and occasional sources of high-quality free-range meats (I've been eating more quality meats since working on a ranch in Texas).
Sprouting can be as easy as placing seeds in a nut milk bag (or a sprouting bag) and soaking them every few hours to maintain their moisture. This approach, of course, requires a lot of attention to keep the seeds moist but not overly moist to the point where they start to grow mold. But it's the most affordable way to start sprouting.
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