Grow These Nutrient-Rich Powerhouses And Sick-Proof Yourself
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Eating sprouts could be the most affordable solution for supplying your body with complete nutrients and strengthening your immune system. They are easy to grow, cost-effective and keep you away from the doctor’s office.
Learn how to grow these nutrient powerhouses for pennies and keep sicknesses at bay.
What Are Sprouts?
Sprouts are the shoots of almost any plant. This includes pea shoots, tomato sprouts, bean sprouts, among many other types of sprouts. You can grow your own sprouts from seeds, and harvest them once they have sprouted.
Why Should You Eat Sprouts?
Sprouts are full of the nutrients that are found in the fully grown plant, plus additional phytonutrients that are used during the growth of the plant, making it peaked with nutrients at this stage.
Since the sprouts have not fully grown, the nutrients are actually easier for your body to absorb and the sprouts are highly digestible. Consuming sprouts have been linked to many healthy benefits, including:
- Prevents anemia
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Relieves constipation
- Improves liver health
- Alleviates symptoms related to menopause
- Protects skin, nails, and hair
- Helps relieve stress and depression
Use Caution When Buying Sprouts
If you would like to take advantage of the benefits provided by sprouts, then you may want to grow your own. Commercially produced sprouts have been linked to various foodborne illnesses.
Whether you grow your own or buy them, keep your sprouts stored in the fridge and throw them out if they develop a strong odor. Once harvested, they don’t have a long shelf life.
How To Grow Your Own Sprouts
You can grow your own sprouts, making them a cost-effective way to improve your immune system and sick-proof yourself.
What You Need
You will need a jar, about 1 quart to 1 gallon in size, along with a few other pieces of equipment:
- A bowl
- Cheesecloth or netting
- A large rubber band
1. Wash And Soak The Beans Or Seeds
Start by washing your beans or seeds.
Add one cup of water for every tablespoon of seeds. Broccoli, cabbage, kale, and radish seeds should soak for about three hours.
Most small seeds should soak between two and six hours. Larger seeds, such as peas, lentils, and beans, should be soaked for up to twelve hours.
Leave the jar on your counter overnight to soak.
2. Drain The Jar
The next morning, drain the water from the jar. Attach a piece of cheesecloth or netting over the top of the jar. Secure the netting with a large rubber band.
Allow the seeds to soak and then rinse and drain. When draining the jar, set it upside down in a bowl, so that you can place it at an angle. Rinse and drain two or three times per day.
3. Rinsing The Beans Or Seeds
In the evening of the second day, rinse the sprouts and place them back in the jar. Re-attach the cheesecloth and set the jar upside down again. You will repeat this process two or three times per day.
4. Look For Sprouts
Continue rinsing the sprouts every day until you see the sprouts growing from the beans or seeds. Within one to two weeks, you should see a small tail extending from the end of the food.
Swirl the sprouts in a bowl of cold water to separate the hulls. Drain the sprouts, after rinsing, dry them and store in your fridge until you are ready to eat them.
5. Eat Your Sprouts
The best way to obtain the most out of your sprouts is to eat them raw. Don’t cook them as cooking will destroy their precious and delicate nutrients.
Add your sprouts in juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, in your meals and any creative ways you like.
This is just one option for growing your own sprouts. You will need to adjust your methods based on the seeds that you are sprouting. Experiment with different methods, using different seeds, and you will find what works best for you.
Read: How to sprout wheatgrass.
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