You’ve probably heard by now that eating more raw foods, such as grain, bean, and seed sprouts, is a super healthy thing to do. Find out how easy and nutritious it is to grow your own sprouts!
The nutritional value of eating sprouted foods is genuinely amazing. Through the process of sprouting, essentially all the nutrients in the grain, seed, or legume are unlocked. The germination process releases the micro-nutrients that had been previously lying dormant in the food. Nutritionists have found that sprouting produces vitamin C, and increases vitamin B2, B5, & B6 content. You can find vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, plus calcium, carbohydrates, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, all amino acids, trace elements and protein in many sprouted foods.
Sprouting not only unlocks a plethora of micro-nutrients, but did you know that through the process of sprouting, you are also making your grains, beans and seeds more friendly to your digestive system? The sprouting process helps break down the complex sugars responsible for causing indigestion and intestinal gas, allowing you to digest and better absorb the nutrients that are present in those foods.
Now that you understand the nutritional value of sprouting, let’s look at how truly easy it is to do. The process for sprouting is pretty much the same for most seeds, grains, nuts, and legumes. The only thing that varies is the time it takes for each type of food to sprout.
The general process is to put between two teaspoons and two tablespoons of almost any seeds, grains or legumes of your choice in a jar. You should rinse these and then cover with filtered water. Next, you will add a special sprouting screen layer under the lid, or just use cheesecloth held on with a rubber band. Let it sit overnight in the dark and warm, such as in a clean cupboard. In the morning, drain it, rinse, and drain. You can do this right there in the jar. Put them back in the dark and repeat this rinse and drain process 2-3 times per day. If you are sprouting alfalfa, radish, red clover, or mustard sprouts, after 3 days, get them to turn green by putting them in a cool place with indirect sunlight. Continue to rinse and drain for several more days. Next thing you know, you will have sprouts to eat! They are perfect in salads, soups and much more — look online to find recipes.
At The Red Radish Natural Foods, we offer sprouting kits to help get you started. We also have a wide variety of organic grains, legumes and seeds suitable for sprouting. We recommend you sprout using only organic seeds, grains and legumes that are suitable for human consumption. Never sprout seeds made for gardening as they may have been chemically treated or genetically altered.
Some great sprouts to try out first that work well raw are radish, clover, and broccoli. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds work great too. If you want to try nuts, sprouted almonds are delicious. Be sure you choose which legumes you sprout wisely, as some sprouted legumes can be toxic and should be cooked, and others may be hard to digest.
Safety is an important consideration when sprouting. You need to be sensible, use very clean jars and lids in your sprouting, and never eat foul smelling, slimly, or moldy sprouts. If in doubt, toss it out. You can always make a fresh new batch.
Sprouting is easy, fun and the results are a super food packed full of micronutrients. Try one of the sprouting kits at The Red Radish Natural Foods. If you are in a hurry, choose from our assortment of ready-made fresh sprouts in our produce section.