Grow your own sproutsSprouted foods are said to have 100 times more enzymes than uncooked fruits and vegetables. Enzymes help extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat. Sprouts also have a higher quality protein and fiber content which helps the body improve immune function and get rid of toxins.
Growing sprouts can sound complicated, but it really is an easy process and a simple way to add a healthy food to your meals.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
First, be sure to clean the jar. Next, add two tablespoons of seeds into the jar, fill with water, and use the mesh to cover the top. If you are using cheese cloth, use a rubber band to secure the top. With the canning jar, use only the ring portion of the lid. Now, let the seeds soak for 8 hours.
After the seeds have soaked, drain the water from the jar. You’ll keep the mesh on, that’s what it’s there for! In less than 24 hours you’ll start to see the seeds sprouting!
After you’ve drained the water on the first day, keep the jar out of sunlight and don’t let the seeds sit in any extra water. The jar can be kept upright or tilted upside down in a bowl. Just be sure the top is not covered to allow for air flow.
Once a day, fill the jar with water to rinse and wet the seeds. Be sure the seeds aren’t left sitting in water though.
In just a few days, you’ll have sprouts ready to eat. After the sprouts have grown after several days, put the jar into the fridge and eat when you please. They are a great topping for any meal!
BY COURTNEY LANDIN
POSTED: AUGUST 19, 2016
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