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Sprouts: Home Grown Veggie Protein Power


Well isn't that video a blast from the past? Filmed nearly two years ago over a few days  in my old kitchen with my un-sun-bleached hair, with plenty of morning-meghan-face to giggle at. This video has nearly hit the 10,000 views milestone and so I thought I would share it once again here as it is really pretty straightforward in terms of how easy it is to sprout your own sprouts.

I wanted to go through how we can all make, in our very own kitchens, an amazing source of plant-based protein. Sprouts are a staple in my fridge and they should be in yours too. Cheap, cheerful and wonderfully easy! Sprouting magnifies the nutritional value of the seed that you are sprouting. It boosts the B-vitamin content, triples the amount of vitamin A and increases vitamin C by a factor of 5 to 6 times.

Here are some goodies about specific types of sprouts:

  • Alfalfa Sprouts: Rich in phytochemicals, protect against cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and fibrocystic breast disease. They stimulate natural killer cell activity, which strengthens the immune system. Beneficial in reducing symptoms of PMS and menopause, including hot flashes. They contain high concentrations of antioxidants, the body's defense against the destruction of DNA which is the cause of aging. Alfalfa sprouts are abundant sources of vitamins A, B, C, E and K, the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Also carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids and trace elements. They contain 35% protein.
  • Broccoli Sprouts: Abound with the amazing cancer-fighting phytochemical, sulforaphane. Research studies have shown that they contain 50 times more sulforpohane than fresh broccoli. What's more, they contain glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, substances that protect cells from becoming malignant, at 10-100 times greater levels than in fresh broccoli. They are sources of plant estrogens, similar to human estrogen, and so are helpful in cases of PMS, menopause, hot flashes and fibrocystic disease. Nutrient dense, they are rich sources of vitamins A, B, C, E and K, anti-oxidants, the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Also carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids, trace elements and antioxidants. Broccoli sprouts contain as much as 35% protein.
  • Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, can be sprouted to make delightfully delicious hummus. It is much richer in nutrients than hummus typically made from cooked chickpeas. They can also be used in salads, soups or stir fried or steamed with other bean sprouts and vegetables. These sprouts are plentiful sources of vitamins A, C and E, the minerals iron, calcium, magnesium and amino acids. They contain 20% protein.
  • Pea Sprouts:  Rich sources of vitamins A, B, C and E, all the essential amino acids, the minerals calcium, iron and phosphorus. They contain 26% protein.
  • Lentil Sprouts: Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, the minerals iron, calcium and phosphorus. They contain 26% protein.
  • Mung Bean Sprouts: Abundant in vitamins A, B, C and E, the minerals iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, and amino acids, they contain 20% protein.
  • Red Clover Sprouts: Rich in phytochemicals, in particular genistein, which is known to prevent the formation of new blood vessels inside a tumor, in essence starving the tumor, it is protective against diseases like cancer. Red clover contains naturally occurring plant estrogens, similar to human estrogen, so they are helpful with PMS, menopause, hot flashes and fibrocystic disease.  They contain vitamins A, B, C, E and K, the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and zinc, trace minerals, carotene, chlorophyll and amino acids. They contain 26% protein.

Sprouting Advantages

  • Enzymes are activated- necessary for food digestion
  • Proteins convert to free amino acids- building blocks of our bodies
  • Starches change to simple sugars.
  • Minerals combine to increase assimilation.
  • Vitamin content increases from 3 to 12 or more times.
  • Chlorophyll and carotene content increase dramatically when exposed to sunlight.
  • Home-grown sprouts are cheap cheap cheap

What You Need

  • Mason jar
  • My Nut Sack or Cheese Cloth (available at health foods stores and hardware stores)
  • Elastic band or metal ring from jar
  • Drainage container (dish rack works well)
  • Seed /Lentil of choice
  • Food grade hydrogen peroxide (optional)

Sprouting 101

  • Add 1-2 Tbs of seeds to the jar (more or less depending on the size of the jar- they will expand quite a bit
  • Fill jar with water- making sure all beans/seeds are covered
  • Stretch mesh or cheese cloth over the jar and secure with rubber band or ring from jar li
  • Allow to sit like this for 12-24 hours
  • After elapsed time, drain out the water and then rinse the seeds
  • Turn jar upside down in dish/drain rack. Try and lean it at 45 degree angle so that water can drain but air still circulates.
  • Rinse your sproutlings twice a day. Each time you rinse them, rinse several times, then leave to drain. If using food grade hydrogen peroxide- add 1/2 tsp to water and let sit for 5 minutes and then rinse several times. This helps prevent mould growth
  • When ready, keep sprouts refrigerated & rinse daily

Note: Cooking time can be lessened & nutritional content increased by soaking buckwheat, rice, corn or wheat (12 to 24 hours should be enough time)

The Easy Sprouting Method For Beans, Lentils and Peas

  • Soak bean/seed of choice overnight (I like lentils, chickpeas, mung beans)
  • Rinse thoroughly in a sieve
  • Leave bean of choice in the sieve over a bowl
  • Rinse beans/seeds twice per day, once in the morning, once in the evening and cover with a towel
  • Watch them sprout away!

If you have a fine enough sieve you can use regular sprouting seeds too, like broccoli, alfala or my fave sandwich booster. Chances are you have a sieve in your kitchen so that makes this method easy peezy.

77 Responses to “Sprouts: Home Grown Veggie Protein Power”

  1. Megan said…
    OoooOoo I've been meaning to start sprouting. Very neat device.
  2. willow said…
    Ooooh, a sprouter! I sprout a lot in the wintertime when there is very little locally available 'fresh' foods. What gets more local or more fresh then sprouts from my counter? It would be oh so cool to have the actual gadget. I'm actually beginning to play with sprouting grains and then steaming for dishes. Next step is drying and then grinding for my very own sprouted flour. Do you sprout any grains?
  3. Shanna said…
    I'm just starting to try sprouts but I am loving the alfalfa sprouts. Would love the sprouter to do my own and make more. I'm follow you on twitter already and am a facebook fan.
  4. Malakai said…
    I've been making sprouts for a while now and can never seem to get them just right in the mason jars! I wonder if having a sprouter would make the difference?
  5. Jodi Hildebrand said…
    i have yet to sprout...i bought a book about it last winter and hope to start this winter! i just need a kick in the pants! Perhaps the trays would help?
  6. Erin said…
    OMG that thing is so cool! Must have one! My counter is getting crowded with all the jars!
  7. I totally want to win one of these. I'm just getting into sprouting. Right now I sprout my own grains for making bread!
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  10. mama said…
    i've been tinkering with sprouting. do far all I've tried is chickpeas…yummy. I would love to try more

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