With our modern-day, hectic pace of life, it can be a challenge to keep our diet and lifestyle healthy. Sprouting seeds at home can be a convenient way to add important nutrition into your diet. Sprouts are naturally high in nutrients. Not only are they delicious and inexpensive to grow, but sprouting seeds at home is easy and fun!
High in Nutrition
“The actual process of sprouting may make it easier for a body to absorb nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin C,” says dietitian Reem Jabr, a registered dietitian in the Boston area. (1)
Broccoli sprouts may also help prevent cancer. They have more natural (sulfur-containing) chemicals called glucosinolates than regular broccoli. Glucosinolates have shown promise against bladder cancer in laboratory tests on animals. It’s not yet clear if the same holds true for people, but “there is a lot of interest” in that, says Steve Schwartz, PhD, an Ohio State University food science professor, who has studied the benefits of broccoli sprouts. (1)
The sprouting process also breaks down the seed, which means less work for your digestive system, says Elisabetta Politi, RD, nutrition director at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center in Durham, NC. (1)
In addition, “It would be a good choice for someone with a sensitive gut,” she says. “For people with problems digesting certain foods, sprouted germs might seem better for them, and they are less allergenic to people with grain protein sensitivities.” (1)
Sprouts-Potent Nutrition Delivered in ‘Small Packages’
Indeed, sprouts may be small, but they are packed with nutrition, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that help protect against free radical damage. There is an increased content of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acid, fiber, protein, and bioavailability in sprouts. (2)
The most commonly sprouted seeds include peas, sunflower, alfalfa, wheatgrass, radish and mung bean, Brussels sprouts, and lentils. (2) In addition to these, there are many more options for sprouting other seeds, nuts, and grains that are incredibly delicious as well. (3)
Sprouting Seeds is Easy And Cost-Effective
If you’re busy as many of us are and don’t have time to garden, then sprouting seeds may be a good place to start. Sprouting is convenient because you don’t need large spaces. You can simply grow sprouts in your own home all year round without much waiting time.
If you’re on a budget, but want to eat healthy, sprouting can be one of the least expensive foods you can buy and grow. So, if you’re looking for a cost-effective and healthy food to consume on a regular basis, then sprouting is for you! Sprouting can be a lot of fun and requires following these easy steps using a simple and inexpensive Nut Milk Bag,
1. Soak sprouting seeds for about 2 days. (Make sure you purchase seeds designed for sprouting* – some garden seeds are treated with chemicals).
2. Rinse a few times a day – I usually have them in a container near my kitchen sink and rinse them when I am in the kitchen, at least morning and evening. I then replace the water in the container I’m using and continue the soaking.
3. When you see small sprouts appearing, you can reduce the water in the container, leaving the seeds in the bag. Once sprout are more established, rinse them at least twice daily and hang to aerate the seeds.
4. Continue the process until the seeds are fully sprouted. You can use them when you like. They are wonderful to sprinkling on sandwiches, omelettes, salads and adding to smoothies.
5. Depending on the seeds you are using, most can be ready within one week and can be stored for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.