How to grow your own natural super food
Sprouts are great food. They are not only very nutritious, they are also inexpensive. Some people even call sprouts super food as they contain enormous levels of proteins, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll pigments and enzymes.
Scientific studies have shown that the nutrient content in food can rise with 50-2000 % when sprouted. The body also absorbs nutrients more easily from sprouts and they are easily digested which saves the body’s own energy reservoir.
Did you know that broccoli sprouts not only protects you from cardiovascular diseases, it might also protect your unborn baby? Dr Juurlink, at University of Saskatchewan, and his research team found that feeding broccoli
sprouts to pregnant rats not only improved the mothers’ health, it also seemed to improve the health of their offspring into adulthood – even if the babies never tasted a sprout.
Try out my easy home sprouting where all you need is water, seeds and a colander.
How to sprout seeds, grains and nuts
- Soak. Soak your beans, grains or seeds in filtered water. For smaller seeds soak for 4-6 hours and larger approx. 12.
- Rinse. Then rinse the seeds and put them in a colander. Place the colander where the seeds get indirect sunlight. Rinse twice a day until the sprouts have the length you prefer.
- Eat. Most seeds sprout in 2-4 days. If you eat them short they will have stronger flavor. Don’t leave the sprouts for too long as they will spoil. When the sprouts are ready put them in a jar and store in the refrigerator where they keep for about 3 days.
Most organic food is expensive and sprouting is a great way to get fresh, convenient, organic produce in your own home for next to nothing.
When reports are being published that nutrient value of many foods has dropped it’s time to take charge, boost your intake of nutrients and start growing your own sprouts.
Did you know that alfalfa sprouts are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat? The roots of the mature plant reaches deep into the soil and collects trace elements like selenium and zinc. Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of vitamins A, C, E, K and vitamins B-complex. They also contain calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
Once you have seen how easy it is to grow sprouts and how great they taste you might want to invest a couple of dollars in a sprouting jar or an automatic sprouter.
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