Sprouts are considered as wonder foods. They rank as the freshest and most nutritious of all vegetables available to the human diet. By a process of natural transmutation, sprouted food acquires vastly improved digestibility and nutritional qualities when compared to non-sprouted embryo from which it derives. Sprouted foods have been part of the diet of many ancient races for thousands of years. Even to this day, the Chinese retain their fame for delicious mung bean sprouts. Sprouts provide all the essential vitamins and minerals. They should form a vital component of our diet. Sprouting requires no constant care but only an occasional sprinkling of water.
Research shows that sprouts are a veritable fountain of youth. Sprouts abound with antioxidants, they are full of protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Broccoli sprouts have been found to contain 50 times as much of the antioxidant sulfurophane as mature broccoli. Wheat Grass juice is the closest substance to hemoglobin known and is therefore a phenomenal blood purifier and liver de-toxifier. Sprouts contain enzymes, giving your body a much needed rest as they digest themselves – invigorating you while requiring no help from your body to process them. New research indicates that peanut sprouts reduce harmful cholesterol and that sunflower, buckwheat and grain sprouts dramatically improve the quality of life of diabetics. The list goes on and on.
So try this in your own home. All you need to get started is a large mason jar with a breathable lid, or cheese cloth and a few spoonfuls of sprout seeds. I buy a little jar of mixed seeds at my local raw food restaurant.
Put 1 to 2 Tablespoons of sprouting seeds in a mason jar and secure the lid with a mesh top or cheese cloth. Fill the jar with warm water about half way and swish the seeds around to rinse. Pour out the water and then fill again half way. Let the jar sit over night (on the counter top is fine just not in direct sunlight) and in the morning drain the water and then rinse and drain again. You may need to set the jar upside down on a towel for a few minutes to drain as much water as possible. You don’t want the seeds to be too wet or they can mold. Each day you simply rinse the seeds, filling the jar half way with water, swishing the water around and then draining. You will start to see sprouting right away and by day 5 I like to put my jar in the window sill to let them get a little light and turn the sprouts green as they fill with chlorophyl.
You do not need to buy any expensive sprouting kits that they sell on the internet or in health food stores. Just a plain mason jar with breathable lid. Once your seeds have fully sprouted (about 6 days), rinse them and put them in a glass jar with tight lid and they will keep in the refrigerator for about 10 days. I add the sprouts to my salads, soups, sandwiches, smoothies, or just drizzle some oil and vinegar on them and eat em up….oh they are so good for you!
Sprouts are an extremely inexpensive method of obtaining a concentration of vitamins,minerals and enzymes. They have in them all the constituent nutrients of fruits and vegetables and are ‘live’ foods. Eating sprouts is the safest and best way of getting the advantage of both fruits and vegetables without contamination and harmful insecticides.
Choosing healthy living over dying :)