Seeds are already packed with nutrients but they have the potential to be even healthier and more nutrient-dense! Locked inside each seed is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals waiting to be unlocked. When seeds are sprouted, they experience a transformation into a superfood that has a significantly higher level of vitamins, particularly vitamin B, antioxidants, enzymes, as well as other nutrients. They have also been found to have protective and preventative health benefits. Not only are sprouts more nutritious than their seed origins, but the nutrients found in them are more easily and efficiently used up by the body. They’re so easy to throw into a salad or in a wrap for a burst of freshness and flavor. Best of all, they’re inexpensive and simple to make at home, here’s how:
1L Glass jar
Piece of mesh material (e.g. cheesecloth)
Seeds to be sprouted
- (Notes: Organic seeds are best; make sure to get food-grade seeds as garden seeds are sometimes treated with chemicals; don’t sprouts just anything, choose seeds that are known to be good and safe for sprouting, e.g. alfalfa, quinoa, amaranth, peas, lentils, mung beans, broccoli seeds)
Place 1-2 tbsp of seeds in a jar.
Cover with mesh and hold in place with a rubber band.
Rinse seeds and drain.
Add 1 cup cold water and soak for about 6 hours.
Rinse and refill the jar with water twice a day.
In 3-6 days, when the sprouts are about 5cm long, you can drain them and start enjoying!
Refrigerate in an airtight container.