The New Year is a perfect time to start sprouting! Boost nutrients and increase the amount of raw food in your diet by learning how. Sprouts are plants that have just begun to grow. In this early stage nutrient levels are extremely high. Sprouts contain concentrated amounts of Vitamin C, B-Complex vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Proteins and more. Sprouts are young and delicate causing the nutrients to escape easily through the cell walls, and easy to digest.
With a few simple steps, sprouts can become a versatile and easy addition to your diet! The following are directions of how to sprout using a sprouting bag and 1/2 cup (a 4 oz package) of sprouting seeds.
1. Make sure to purchase seeds that are specifically meant for sprouting.
2. Pre soak the sprouting seeds in 16-32 oz of water for no more than 8 hours. The seed package may specify how long to soak for.
3. After the seeds have soaked, prior to use, sterilized the sprouting bag. Bring water to a boil. Turn sprouting bag inside out and submerge bag into the just boiled water for five minutes. Bag is ready to use when cool.
4. Pour the pre soaked seeds into the newly clean sprouting bag. Pull the bag closed.
5. Rinse the bag of sprouts by dipping them into a bowl or sink of cold water. Let soak in water for at least 1 minute. Remove from water and let dry by hanging up bag or laying it in dish rack or dishwasher rack.
6. Rinsing the sprouts (step 5) must be repeated twice a day, about 12 hours apart.
Different seeds will germinate at different speeds. Sprouting packets should indicate number of days until germination. The sprouts pictured above are a 3 Part Salad Sprouting Mix of Alfalfa, Radish, and Broccoli. They will take 5-6 days to germinate. Check back to see them grow!
Written by CMB