How To Grow Your Own Sprouts [Who Knew It Was So Easy?]

I am SO excited to share today’s post with you.

Like, beyond geeky excited.

It might be a little lame to get so worked up over this, but man- I just have to share it with all of you:

I AM A SPROUT FARMER!

I GREW THOSE. :)

Okay, that might sound a little dramatic. But, yeah- I grew my own sprouts. And it was so easy!

As you may know (or can probably tell from various food photos that I post)- I love sprouts.

I love them in sandwiches

in wraps

in salads

or just plain, by the handful.

My friend Brie and I went for a hike Sunday morning and then went to enjoy a cup of coffee afterwards. I was telling her how I tried to sprout some chickpeas the week before, and it was a total flop. I was so excited about them, but they just turned into a big, smelly mess that went right in the trashcan. Brie reminded me that MOM’s sells sprout jars, and that I should try using one of those next time. As luck would have it, I was already planning on going over there to do my grocery shopping after coffee, so I added it to my list!

I picked up a sprouting jar and a packet of seeds. There were quite a few seeds to choose from, but I ended up choosing a the “Sandwich booster” blend of clover, alfalfa, radish and oriental mustard by Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds brand.

Check out their listing of various sprouts! Dude, I’m going to be sprouting something different each week (and will have to buy 10 more jars!).

So anyway…

I read the (simple) directions on the packet of seeds and got to work- adding a little over one tablespoon of seeds to the jar. I rinsed them with water, drained it out, and began to wait patiently…

When I got up the next morning, they had started to grow!

And continued the next day…

And the next!

And TODAY was the day- they were ready to be harvested!

I can’t wait to have these with my lunch today… oh the possibilities….

A little over 1 tablespoon of seeds ended up yielding well over a cup of sprouts.

The bag itself contains a little less than 1 cup of seeds- or enough for about 14-15 batches of sprouts. Definitely a money saver!

If you’re interested in becoming a sprout farmer like me, let me point you in the right direction. Your local natural foods store probably has all of the tools, but of course, you can easily find everything online. I am a big fan of iHerb, and found some of the goodies on there. You can get a sprout jar here  for less than $5.00 and a mix of zesty sprouts seeds here for just over $6.00. There are also many other seeds to choose from, if you want something specific- just type in “sprouting seeds” in the search form! And if you order from iherb.com- be sure to use the code QIR197 at checkout to get $5-10 off your first order!

And just in case you’re interested in all of that scientific stuff (which I am!), here’s a little bit about the benefits of sprouts, courtesy of Livestrong.com:

Dietary Fiber

According to NutritionData, a service of Self magazine, alfalfa sprouts are a good source of dietary fiber. Each 33-gram serving of alfalfa sprouts provides one gram of fiber, or three percent of an average adult’s necessary intake. For this reason, alfalfa sprouts may be a suitable food for people suffering from chronic constipation, diverticulitis or other digestive upsets.

Protein

Every serving of alfalfa sprouts provides 1 gram of plant-based protein, according to NutritionData. Unlike most other vegan protein sources, such as beans and peas, alfalfa sprouts are edible and palatable without any exposure to heat. Alfalfa sprouts are a good protein source for people eating raw and vegan diets.

Micronutrients

Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of several micronutrients, or vitamins. NutritionData reports that alfalfa sprouts contain B vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, alfalfa sprouts provide roughly 13 percent of an adult’s recommended daily intake of vitamin K. Because of alfalfa’s high vitamin K content, the National Institutes of Health advise patients taking blood-thinners to avoid foods and supplements made from the plant.

Weight Loss

Alfalfa sprouts contain only 8 calories per serving, making this crunchy food an ideal choice for people who are trying to lose weight. Self magazine grants alfalfa sprout a five-star rating as a weight loss aid, noting that it is low in calories, sugar, fat and saturated fat. Additionally, because alfalfa sprouts are rich in fiber and protein, they may help to facilitate sensations of fullness for people who tend to overeat.

Heart Health

According to the National Institutes of Health, compounds in alfalfa may help to prevent atherosclerosis, a serious cardiovascular disease associated with cholesterol plaque in the arteries of the heart. The NIH acknowledges limited scientific evidence of this health benefit, but notes that no large-scale human studies have conclusively demonstrated its effects. Additionally, the NIH reports that alfalfa can reduce both total and LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. Consult your health care provider before using alfalfa sprouts to treat any medical condition.

Diabetes

The NIH regards alfalfa as a possible but unproven treatment for diabetes. The NIH reports small reductions in blood sugar in animals who eat alfalfa. Although evidence is limited, alfalfa sprouts may be a healthy food for controlling blood sugar fluctuations in people with diabetes. According to NutritionData, alfalfa is associated with no glycemic load and will not increase a person’s blood sugar.

Read more here.

Have a great weekend- and get sprouting!

Are you a sprout fan (and if so, what’s your favorite kind)? Have you ever sprouted anything before?


Comments

  1. This is so cool!! Ive been wanting to try sprouting my own seed for a while–an item that did not get checked off my summer bucket list :-( But, it looks simple enough that I could still find the time! Can you taste a difference in the “freshness”?

    • Honestly, they taste just as fresh as from the store (but I am always really picky about choosing which ones to buy- they can’t be brown or mushy at all!). Then again, I only had a TINY taste this morning… my palette isn’t quite ready for sprouts at 7 am. :)

  2. gonna try this out. i think it’s really cool and not geeky at all!

  3. So cool!!! This reminds me I need to sprout some more ‘peas. I want to try the teeny sprouts too though!

  4. It was really that easy?!? Really? I’ve just been too intimidated to try it, but I would absolutely love to grow my own sprouts. I’m going to Whole Foods this weekend . . . I’m going to look into it. Thanks!

  5. I might have to try the Ancient Eastern Blend… Yum!

  6. not gonna lie – i am thoroughly impressed! i am on my third basil plant in three months. i have a black thumb! everyone says basil grows itself, but i beg to differ. your sprouts look great!

    • I am Mrs. Black Thumb and have been known to kill basil as well. I’m telling you- sprouts are fool-proof. You can NOT mess them up! You should try it!

  7. Yummy! Love sprouts

  8. That’s so neat! I want to to try it!!

  9. That’s so neat! I love sprouts but always talk myself out of buying them at the store because they’re usually so expensive. Going to try growing my own now!

  10. I am very impressed! I always get excited when I grow things too. Maybe it’s cause I’m so surprised they survived….

  11. SO AWESOME! I always want to buy sprouts, but they always seem to go bad in my fridge before i get around to using them!

  12. Kat Cuttitta says:

    I love sprouts! I literally begged a produce guy to go in the back and scramble for some once when I was pregnant and craving them…I may or may not have had tears in my eyes, lol! This would be a great project for kids!

  13. YAY! I love this! I want to do this too :) Nice work on your sprouts–they are SO delicious in sandwiches.

  14. I’m so glad you discovered this! We’ve been growing sprouts for a few years and LOVE it! Especially great when there’s nothing else coming in from the garden in the dead of winter…. Fenugreek is one of our staples, often mixed up with other stuff.

  15. What a fun project! I like that you can now call yourself a farmer.

  16. My grandma always had some paper towel over a coffee mug in her kitchen window growing sprouts. I didn’t like them at the time but now I prefer them over lettuce or other greens in my wraps or on burgers. Its been a very long times since I’ve had them…maybe I should start growing! :)

  17. I want to be a sprout farmer too!!!! I’d also like to nosh on that salad…

  18. Great post. I’ll have to check this out since I love having fresh herbs and produce on hand. Thanks for the info.

  19. I love this post! This would be such a fun little project and a tasty one at that! :)

  20. My mom and I used to grow those things ALL.THE.TIME. when I was a youngin’. I love sprouts. They used to sell the stuff as a norm in the produce section at the grocers. So glad you’re brining it back!

  21. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    I’ve considered sprouting before, love how simple you’ve described it. I need to remember this and give it a try soon!

  22. Dude. You are so crafty.

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