I love this time of year! If you were on the ball you might already be harvesting goodies from your garden! In our neck of the woods, cherries are almost ready and we are on our second crop of yummy leafy greens like kale, lettuce and spinach. However, if you hate gardening or if you have a black thumb but still want to enjoy fresh, raw, nutrient dense greens in your diet you should try sprouting. It’s so simple and you only need a couple days before you can enjoy the harvest!
Sprouts are a superfood for so many reasons. They are excellent sources of essential nutrients, high in protein, great sources of enzymes, easy to digest and good for weight loss. I usually sprout lentils, beans and fenugreek, but broccoli, radish and clover are also yummy options. Just be sure to avoid alfalfa as it is mildly toxic and also inhibits the immune system.
I usually get my sprouting seeds from Mumms. I love Mumms because they are a Canadian based business out of Saskatchewan and all their seeds are certified organic.
Now to the good stuff….How to sprout.
There are several ways to sprout seeds, but I will tell you how I do it. All you need is a mason jar. Dump about 2 Tbsp of seeds into the jar, add water, swirl and drain. Refill the jar with about a cup of water and soak your seeds for about 2-6 hrs. Drain the water. Rinse your seeds twice a day by refilling your jar with water. Drain the water and lay your jar on its side so that your seeds don’t mold in water. You could also cover your jar with mesh and keep your jar inverted to prevent mold from growing, this also makes the rinsing easier!
You can eat your sprouts whenever you want. I like eating them with longer tails, but some people enjoy them sprouted with no tail. They are perfect in sandwiches, tossed in salads or you can just grab a handful and enjoy!
So, who wants to add sprouts to their diet?
If you do, just comment here and we will send one lucky reader the “Get sprouting jar” from Mumms.
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