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Sprouts Archives | Elizabeth Borelli

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Sprout into Spring for DIY Superfood


Spring is the perfect time to sprout.  With most local produce still garden-bound, we don’t need to wait for fresh, energy-boosting foods as summer rolls around.  Hang on!  Before you click off in search of health food you’ll actually eat, you may want to check this out.

Sprouts aren’t just for salads anymore, and there as so many sproutable foods aside from good ole alfalfa!   Most people think of sprouts either as a throwback to the 70’s or something to eye suspiciously at the salad bar, but there are dozens of seeds, beans and grains you can sprout right in your kitchen.  And since they’re grown hydroponically, it’s a dirt-free low maintenance process.  Sprouts are easy to grow yourself, and you can’t get fresher, more local ingredients for enlivening wraps, rolls, stir fries and smoothies so readily available right when you want them.

What makes sprout so super?  For one thing, they can contain up to 100 times more essential enzymes than whole fruits and vegetables.  The nutrient content increases dramatically during the sprouting process, and the minerals present become increasingly easier for your body to assimilate.  High in protein, B vitamins and fiber, they’re the ultimate super food!

What can you sprout?  Well since sprouting is simply seed germination, any seed, bean or grain is sproutable, although methods vary.  I find the hydroponic jar method to be the easiest way to sprout, since it’s the least messy, and produces consistently great results.  Alternatively, you can grow your sprouts in dirt, as is required for sunflower seeds and wheat grass, or use a tray for chia or quinoa sprouts.

The jar method is perfect for sprouting tasty seeds like broccoli , radish and clover, which are all great beginner varieties.  Or start with legumes!  Lentils, mung beans, garbanzos are all easy to sprout with lots of savory options. And wheat berries are simple to sprout and make delicious high-protein energy bars and breakfast cookies.

Dr.Mercola calls sprouting “undoubtedly one of the best ways to increase the nutritional content of your veggie intake even further”. 

The more I’ve learned about sprouting, the more I’ve grown to appreciate this lost art of kitchen food growing.  I’ve always got something sprouting in my kitchen, and I love sharing this simple practice with others.  And of course the more sprouts I grow, the more I eat and the more nourished I feel!

I regularly experiment with new recipes, feeling so lucky to enjoy the delicious results afterwards.  If you’re into healthy eating, I highly recommend giving this simple practice a try.    Click here for a simple step by step sprouting guide, or try using a GreenSproutKit for an all-in-one option for getting your green on today!