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
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!).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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