Sprout Health Benefits:
Radish sprouts are spicy and highly concentrated in vitamins and minerals. They are great for topping on salads, sandwiches, avocado toast, soup, fish, and any dish to add flavor, color and nutrients.
Broccoli sprouts are mild flavor and extremely inflammatory and high in sulfurophane which is known to be one of the most immune system boosting and anti-cancer foods.
Lentil Sprouts are extremely high in protein, starch, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are a delicious addition to any salad or to eat as a snack.
- Soak seeds in water (add water to double the height of the seeds) in a bowl/container overnight 8-12 hrs.
Radish (~3 tbsp seed / batch) Broccoli (~2 tbsp seed / batch) Lentil (~ 1/2-1 cup seeds / batch)
- Drain seeds and rinse with fresh water in morning. You can do this with a fine strainer, cheese cloth, or mesh-covered jar. Good Airflow, moisture level, and drainage is important. Store at room temperature & cover with a moist paper towel or cloth. If using a jar method, keep it stored upside down at an angle for drainage.
- Rinse again and stir/shake in the evening.
- Rinse 1-2 times/day and stir / shake for additional 3-5 days to taste (usually with sprout being less than 1 inch long). You can also get them slightly green by introducing them to light for the last 1-2 days.
- Once complete, wait 12 hours since last rinse and store in fridge. Use a produce bag, jar, or container with paper towel to absorb moisture. Should store for at least a week (recommended to eat them quickly).
- Sprouts are baby plants at their most nutritious stage
- 20-100 times the nutrients as adult plants
- Studies show them to: support the immune system, have anti-cancer properties, reduce autism symptoms, be chemo-protective, detoxify the liver, anti-inflammatory, reduce blood sugar, etc.
To sprout seeds, we first soak and rinse them to remove enzyme inhibitors and to help initiate germination. As the seed is nutritionally activated through the process of sprouting, it begins to break down starches into simpler carbohydrates, fats into fatty acids and proteins into amino acids. This in effect makes these nutritional properties more bio-available to us when we consume them.
Each particular sprouted variety is composed of their own complex of vitamins, minerals and unique health enhancing constituents, but one of the great benefits that all sprouts have in common is their high enzyme content. They are very helpful for breaking down the foods we eat into usable nutrients and processing undigested waste material. Sprouts & microgreens assist in activating the immune system and are cleansing to the body. Those high in chlorophyll are effective at removing toxins from the cells and lymphatic system. They are also high in dietary fiber & starch which promotes healthy bowel movements and intestinal function.