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Sprouts! Year-Round Freshness with High Nutrition and Fun For Kids

| 2/15/2019 10:01:00 AM

Finished Sprouts

I love sprouts! When I was in college a local sandwich + bakery shop called La Bou would put sprouts on all of their sandwiches and they were my favorite. To be honest, it’s been a few years since I’ve had sandwich sprouts {out of sight, out of mind} but I don’t love them any less. I sprout food for our livestock, called fodder, and it’s basically the same idea. If you are interested in sprouting fodder to increase nutrition and decrease costs, check out this article. If you are interested in sprouts for you and your family, keep reading.

Sprouts are exactly what they sound like: sprouted seeds for consumption. For these sprouts pictured here, I sprouted alfalfa, red clover and radish seeds. Also common are beans, peas, kale and broccoli sprouts. Microgreens get a lot of press these days, and while they are also great, they tend to be a bit more involved than sprouts, requiring dirt or a growing medium. Sprouts only require water and a well drained container, such as a mason jar topped with cheesecloth. Simple! You don’t even need sunshine to do this.

Why would you want to sprout seeds...and then eat them? This is a quick, near instant gratification process that is fun for kids and adults alike and makes for a great winter project when fresh greens may be less available in certain areas. Sprouting the seeds releases many more enzymes and antioxidants that may not be present in the seed alone or in the mature vegetable. This change from seed to sprout also makes the nutrition much easier to digest and makes the protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, saponins, bio-flavoniods, carotenes, indoles, isoflavones, sulpherophanes, phytosterols, flavonetricins more available for the body to absorb. The sprouting process increases the micro-nutrient profile over their more mature plant forms.

Sprouting Seeds

So how do you do it? Find some high quality seeds of your choice, you can start with a small seed pack {pictured} that will last you quite a few batches or you can also buy in bulk online. Grab a clean quart mason jar, cheesecloth and a rubber band for a simple setup, or you can purchase special sprouting containers online if you prefer.


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