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Sprouts are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and protein. They are low calorie and contain little or no fat. The fat they do contain is the healthy fat that your body needs. When broken down in digestion they leave little or no purification, expelling parasites. Being one of the most nutritious foods that exist, they make a great addition to any healthy eating plan. I use them in salads, sandwiches, wraps, sushi rolls, soups and raw vegan stir fried vegetables. Enjoy these nutrient-packed delicacies as a snack all by themselves or added as a garnish to a main dish. Eating them raw is one of the most abundant ways to receive raw vital nutrients.
Sprouting magnifies the nutritional value of the seed. You are now activating a living organism and at the time of birth is the greatest amount of energy that that one organism will ever contain. We see the reflection in our birth. At the time of conception is of the greatest amount of energy and potential a life being has. We are created by many things cells, minerals, bacteria, fat, proteins, but the chromosomes, these are radio frequency receivers that transmit and receive information to cells to and from the withstanding environment creating order, harmonization and command throughout the body on a multi-cellular level. This does not restrict or adhere to only one dimension. Just throwing that in there, but these chromosomes are rapidly depleted just as if cutting an apple and exposing it to oxygen. Hence oxygen, think terms of oxidization and anti-oxidants. Its quiet a powerful molecule. But from the second of conception you are naturally dying. Can you draw in a picture? It’s called aging. By the time you are born you spent ½ of your life capacity, but you were the size of a pencil tip and now a living universe. You are conceived at a count of 30,000 chromosomes (telomore) and by birth contain 15,000, by the age 30 you have about 5,000 left. Sprouts too are the same in retrospect. That tiny sprout will grow into a massive tree or bush and produce hundreds or thousands of counts of potential life bearers. If you can imagine capturing that organism at the potential of life before it had grown and expended all that energy creating fruit and thriving for so long and you were to eat it at a sprout age (highest potential). You then receive all the benefits. You can understand the importance and magnificence in eating sprouts. By sprouting the seed it boosts the B-vitamin content, triples the amount of vitamin A and increases vitamin C by a factor of 5X - 6X. How about controlling the amount of chlorophyll they contain by sticking them in and out of the sunlight and being able to consume them. Starches are converted to simple sugars, making sprouts very easily digestible. You can have them fresh all year round, even when fresh vegetables are hard to find. It's easier than planting a garden outside and they're ready much quicker. You can even grow them when the ground outside is frozen solid. And the best part is that you can grow the freshest, tastiest sprouts right in the comfort of your own kitchen. It takes less than 2 minutes a day and they are ready in 3 to 7 days, depending on the variety.
You can sprout seeds, beans, grains and nuts. Some of the most popular varieties are alfalfa, broccoli, red clover, radish, mung beans, lentils, garbanzo beans and peas.
Alfalfa sprouts are what people typically think of when you mention sprouts. They are the ones you commonly see at a salad bar. Rich in phytochemicals, they protect against cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and fibrocystic breast disease. They stimulate natural killer cell activity, which strengthens the immune system. Ladies, they are your new favorite. They are beneficial in reducing symptoms of PMS and menopause, including hot flashes. Sprouts contain high concentrations of antioxidants, the body's defense against the destruction of DNA which is the cause of aging. They allow the chromosomes to remain whole and keep their natural integrity and defense. This is where you see the movement in the health industry about anti aging and slowing or neutralizing the aging process. If you wanna know more without spending so much on all those products and other peoples methods. Ask me how. Here is one example. The benefits of reading this article and the many others I will publish.
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. One pound of alfalfa seed produces 10-14 pounds of sprouts.
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 are delicious raw or cooked. They can be sprinkled on salads and added to soups. In addition, they can be steamed or stir fried with other bean sprouts and vegetables. They are 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, like pea sprouts, are very tasty and can be eaten raw or cooked. Add them to salads, soups, casseroles or steam or stir fry them with other vegetables. Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, the minerals iron, calcium and phosphorus. They contain 26% protein.
Mung bean sprouts are the ones you typically see in Oriental cooking. Mung beans should be sprouted in the dark to avoid a bitter flavor. They are ready when they are 1.5 to 2 inches long. Abundant in vitamins A, B, C and E, the minerals iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, and amino acids, they contain 20% protein.
Radish sprouts taste just like radishes. They are great on sandwiches or in salads. Their high concentrations of phytochemicals help protect against disease. And because of their naturally occurring plant estrogens, similar to human estrogen, they are helpful with PMS, menopause, hot flashes and fibrocystic disease. These baby green vegetables are rich sources of vitamins A, B, C, E and K, the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. In addition, they also contain carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids, trace elements, and antioxidants. They have a 26% protein content.
Sprouts are easy to grow and take a minimum of effort. You probably already have everything you need to start your own kitchen garden.
To grow sprouts in jars on your kitchen sink, you will need:
1. a wide-mouth jar
2. screen or netting
3. a rubber band
4. a bowl to drain the jar
5. fresh water
6. sprouting seeds
2 oz. of seeds will yield 1-2 pounds of sprouts, and 8 ounces of beans will yield 1 pound of sprouts. Your indoor garden will grow best when the temperature is between 65F and 75F (18C and 25C). Try keeping it at 71F - 72F, 22C - 23C for best results. Seed sprouts, like alfalfa or red clover are 1" (2.5 cm) to 2" (5 cm) long when ready. Bean sprouts, like lentils or peas are 1/4" (.5 cm) to 1/2" (1 cm) long when ready. These are more tender when small. Mung beans are 1" (2.5 cm) to 2" (5 cm) long when ready. They are best grown in the dark to prevent bitterness. They should be rinsed 3 to 4 times a day. Taste the sprouts as they are growing to see when you like them best.
Put 1 to 2 Tbsp. of seeds or 3 to 4 Tbsp. of beans in a wide mouth jar.
Cover with netting or cheescloth and secure with a rubber band.
Rinse a couple times, then fill the jar 3/4 full with pure water, room temperature, and soak 6-8 hours or overnight.
Drain soak water. Rinse 2 or 3 times in cool water.
Invert jar and prop at angle in sink or bowl to drain.
Rinse 2 or 3 times twice a day in cool water.
Place sprouting jar in bright light, but not direct sunlight, last sprouting day to allow chlorophyll to form.
Enjoy In three to seven days. Drain well. Cover the jar with a lid, or transfer to a covered container.
Refrigerate to store.
(if it looks like this you are doing it right!)
Sprouts have been grown and eaten for over 44,000 years. They are a concentrated storehouse of phytochemicals which protect against disease. These mini vegetables are some of the healthiest and safest foods available today.
In 1995 there were 2 outbreaks of salmonella poisoning that were attributed to alfalfa sprouts. Both of these outbreaks were traced back to contaminated seed that was imported from the Netherlands. Consequently, sprouts received a lot of bad publicity and children and people with compromised immune systems were advised to avoid them.But, is there really cause for concern about the safety of sprouts? Let's look at the facts and put things in perspective. The cases of salmonella poisoning related to alfalfa sprouts amounted to 1/3 of 1% of all the cases of salmonella poisoning for that year. Ninety-three percent of all the cases of salmonella poisoning were attributed to meat. Seven percent resulted from shelfish, fresh fruits and vegetables. Is there any government agency telling you not to eat meat, shellfish or fruits and vegetables?
The protective measures that the FDA is taking to assure the safety of sprouts includes bleaching sprouting seeds to kill any contaminants and irradiating sprouting seeds. Irradiation of commercially grown sprouting seeds to reduce microbial pathogens has already been approved. But beware. The sprouts grown from these seeds are not required to be labeled as irradiated. Only organically grown seeds cannot be irradiated. So if you want to be sure not to purchase irradiated seeds, make sure you get organic ones.
Sprouts are safe for everyone. It's the way they are handled that could cause a problem. Those related to the salmonella outbreak were commercially grown. Organic seeds have never been implicated in a single case of salmonella poisoning. Certified organic seeds are handled in a manner that minimizes any possiblity of contamination. Choosing only organically grown sprouting seeds and growing your own sprouts will give you one of the safest, healthiest, most nutritious foods available anywhere.