xRain or shine, cold weather or hot, you can have a great source of nutrient-dense food if you’re growing sprouts in your kitchen. And the organic sprouts don’t just have to be sprouts like clover and alfalfa. They can also be beans, grains and other kinds of seeds that will grow into vegetables like radishes, peas, lentils and broccoli, just to name a few.
If you sprout any of these options first, they’re actually easier to digest and get the nutrients from. And what nutrients will you get? A ton, everything from vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, as well as carbohydrates, iron, zinc, all amino acids, and the list could go on and on (and all depending on which seeds you grow).
Another added benefit of sprouting is that it’s alkalizing for the body. What does that mean? Grains and legumes are typically thought to be acid forming foods, but when they sprout they act more like vegetables (and the less acid in our bodies, the better).
Tips on Growing Your Own Organic Sprouts
Pick one or two different kind of seeds to grow first so you can become more familiar with the process before branching out into other grains and seeds. Seed packets can typically be bought at your local health food store, or grocery store. Alternatively, shop online to buy in bulk.
Pick a container
While specialized containers do exist, and can be bought, you can also use items that are around your house, like mason jars. If you do go with the homemade container route, just make sure there’s some kind of top that you can use; punch small holes in the top of the lid. This will make it easier to drain the water.
Get Your Sprouts to Sprout!
The key to getting your sprouts to start growing is, no surprise here, water. Soak all of the seeds by covering them completely in water. Other things can be added to the water, like sea minerals and liquid kelp, which will actually encourage the sprouts to grow faster. The length of time the seeds should soak varies, but it should be for at least four hours. If you accidentally leave them to soak overnight, no worries! The seeds will still sprout just fine.
Rinse and Drain
The next key is rinsing and draining your growing sprouts. In fact, you should rinse and drain at least two times a day for the life of your sprouts. After every drain, use a fork to spread the sprouts around in the container. This will give them a chance to breathe, and in turn expand and grow.
Give them Sunlight
Once the seeds have tails, it’s time to give them a little bit of sunshine. Place your sprouting containers in windows where they can get ample sunlight for at least two days and up to a maximum of five, depending on what you’re growing. During this time, you should continue the rinse and drain process.
Last but most definitely not least, it’s time to start eating them! You can add them to things like sandwiches and salads. And even though you’re plucking and eating them, continue to keep them rinsed, because more sprouts may grow as you make more room for more to grow!
About the Author
Kate Wilson is a healthy living guru, offering unsolicited advice on the latest organic food and fitness trends to family, friends, and blog readers alike. You can follow her @kateowilson or on her blog at JetFeeds.com.