Spring is for Sprouting

In the spring season, seeds flaunt their vitality and energy by sprouting. Sprouts of all varieties contain the building blocks of life in the form of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and simple sugars. In their early growth state, sprouts are very easy to digest, allowing our bodies to access many wonderful nutrients. Recent research by the American Cancer Society has backed what holistic nutrition has known for years: that sprouts contain anti-cancer properties, high levels of active antioxidants, concentrated amounts of phytochemicals and significant amounts of vitamins A, C and D.

In their raw form, sprouts have a cooling effect on the body, and therefore are best consumed in warm weather or by robust, warm body types. Those who tend to feel cool can try steaming spouts or adding them to warm dishes such as stir-fries and soups, to reduce the cooling effect. There is a wide variety of edible and delicious sprouts, each with a different texture and flavor: alfalfa, mung bean, lentil, radish, clover, sunflower, broccoli, garbanzo and adzuki.

Here are some great ways to serve up sprouts:

  • Add to salads.
  • Combine with other vegetables in wraps, roll-ups or stir-fries.
  • Use as garnish on top of soups, stews, omelets or scrambled eggs.
  • Add to rice or whole-grain dishes.
  • Use in sandwiches instead of lettuce

Growing sprouts is simple and can be done about one minute a day. To get started you will need the following:

    • 1 glass jar
    • Cheesecloth
    • 1 Rubber band
    • Seeds to sprout (try Mung, Radish, Alfalfa, or Broccoli)

    Day One

    1. Put 1-2 tablespoons of seeds into glass jar
    2. Add enough filtered water to cover the seeds
    3. Cover top of jar with 3-4 layers of cheesecloth and put rubber band around the mouth of the jar to secure the cheesecloth
    4. Soak for about a couple of hours
    5. Drain

    Subsequent Days

    1. Remove Cheesecloth
    2. Add water to seeds
    3. Drain


    Note: Do this for 3-4 days and you will have sprouts.  When the sprouts are done draining everyday keep the growing sprouts in a cool dark place.



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