Grow Organic Sprouts On Your Kitchen Counter Tops

Alfalfa Sprout

Sprouts are instant vegetables to a meal. You’ll be surprised how many kinds of sprouts you can grow in the comfort of your home and you don’t even have to go out in the garden! Growing your own sprouts is so easy that it is probably unthinkable to not do it.

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Delicious, Nutritious Sprouts

Sprouts are extremely nutritious. They are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Add to that the freshness when you grow it yourself. This means you get all the nutrition it has to offer unlike buying it somewhere else which it has more likely been sitting on shelves for days. Sprouts are dubbed by Nutrionists as the ideal food and it has more anti-carcinogenic properties than other foods making it the ultimate anti-cancer food.

Sprouts You Can Grow

The most commonly known sprouts are Alfalfa. Alfalfa is rich in antioxidant and is known for its properties in preventing osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease. Women in particular can benefit from its ability to prevent menopausal symptoms.

Mung beans are also common for home grown sprouts. They are rich in fiber, protein and vitamin C. Soybeans are the same but are also rich in Folate. Other sprouts you can try growing are lentil, broccoli, sunflower, onion, mustard, fenugreek, buckwheat and radish. For a yummy sweet sprouts treat that’s more like eating a desert than a vegetable… try green pea’s sprouts.

Watch this short video about growing sprouts it also includes FAQ demo for healthy raw foods diet.

How to Grow Sprouts

The basics of growing sprouts is washing and draining. It’s very simple and easy to follow. There is no need for sunlight or soil. The first things you’re going to need of course are the seeds. Make sure you purchase untreated seeds that are meant for sprouting and not for planting. Those two are distinct.

Buy a sprouting tray or improvise from what you have at home like a rectangular plastic container or a jar. Don’t put too much in the container or jar because the seeds will still expand.

Soak the seeds in a cup of water for at least 12 hours or overnight. After you soak, put in the container and wash and drain several times before letting it stand. The key to growing is to keep the moisture but not to put them in standing water. So repeat the wash and drain a few times a day, at least twice and before going to bed at night. If you use a container or jar with no holes, put it upside down with the lid covered by a breathable material like cheesecloth so you can drain the water.

Ideal Sprouting Conditions

Put them in a warm and dim area although room temperature is fine. A perfect location is the corner of your counter or on top of the fridge.

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