Sprouted Food 101: What is It, Why is it Healthy, and Where to Get it

We’ve put together this list of foods that sprout from the ground. We examine their health benefits, and explain why they are a superfood.


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Did you know that sprouting is becoming mainstream as more health conscious individuals are waking up to sprouting’s immense health benefits? Greens, cruciferous veggies, raw nuts and seeds as well as whole grains can be sprouted.

Health tips:

Sprouts contain 30 to 100 percent more nutrients than mature plants as they are considered living food. Plan to eat different sprouts daily to get as many different nutrients as possible. By consuming different sprouts you are balancing your nutrition profile.

Some sprouts can be juiced and eaten while some are just for consuming. Sprouts for eating include adzuki beans, mung beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, lentils, fenugreek, clover, alfalfa, broccoli, radish, onion, cabbage, and others. Sprouts for juicing and eating include sunflower and pea. Wheatgrass which is not from wheat can only be juiced.

You can either buy sprouts at healthy markets or grow your own. If you grow your own sprouts, you will want to grow enough to produce two to four cups per day. You can start with two and work up to four cups daily.

It’s easy and economical to grow sprouts. For example a half a cup of green/red lentils, Mung beans , Adzuki beans soaked in a glass jar needs to be rinsed once for three days and will yield you 2 cups. For broccoli sprouts add 2 tablespoons to a glass jar filled with filtered water and rinse once every three days. Let the broccoli sprouts sit for 7 days and the yield will be 2 cups.

Sunflower and pea shoots need to be planted in soil in trays. You can purchase the seeds and other essential sprouting equipment from reputable sprouting companies.

Eating sprouts raw is important yet you can boil filtered water, shut off burner, and let your legume sprouts soften for about a minute or so and then add to your meal. Sprouts are indeed the bang for your buck.

Read more about ‘Sprouted Food 101: What is it, Why is it Healthy, and Where to Get It” from www.onegreenplanet.orgby Chelsea Debret

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