There are many things that change in our life as we age. But for me, one thing that has remained constant is that I am always growing sprouts! (Bet you thought this was going to be a profound, thinking statement!) And now that I have learned they are great for anti-aging, I will never stop growing them!
I started growing them years ago because that’s what most hippies did. We also knew that they were healthy, looked cool in sandwiches and they were something our parents thought were something else.
Through the years as I have learned more about nutrition, I started trying different varieties and experimenting more with them in recipes. So they have remained a staple in our home.
But sprouting didn’t originate with hippies. Sprouts have actually been grown by many different civilizations for over 5000 years.
And with all the anti-oxidants, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids in them, they rate as the freshest and most nutritious of all the vegetables available to our human diet.
Plus they are low in calories and the fat they do contain is the healthy fat our body needs.
Throw in the anti-aging benefits and that’s a powerful little healthy gem!
How does sprouting work?
When seeds and nuts are sprouted, it takes them from a dormant state and brings them to life. This sprouting process produces new and higher quality proteins and other nutrients.
Not only is this a simple process (which I’ll explain later) but it is very inexpensive. You probably have the equipment needed already. And one pound of alfalfa seeds can produce about 10-14 pounds of mini greens.
For starters, sprouts contain an abundance of highly active anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants help prevent DNA destruction to help protect us from the ongoing effects of aging.
Adding sprouts to your diet helps in cell regeneration. Which means that your skin is revitalized, damaged tissue may heal, and skin discoloration (age spots) may lighten for a clear and flawless skin.
When you add sprouts to your juice or smoothie, it adds extra hydration to keep your skin glowing and chlorophyll, which is a great blood purifier.
The anti-oxidants in sprouts help to protect the skin from sun damage and skin cancer.
You know how those fine lines, wrinkles and not so firm skin starts showing? Well, that because as we age, our body does not produce as much collagen as when we were younger. But the Vitamin C in sprouts helps to produce collagen to help with these issues. It helps to rejuvenate the skin from within to help reduce these signs of aging.
There are many nutrients in sprouts which help our system to detoxify. Removing toxins from our body helps our body to rebuild and regenerate.
Sprouts are high in fiber – a nutrient most people fall short on. Fiber provides bulk to your diet allowing you to feel more full while actually eating fewer calories. It also helps with digestion and slows the rate in which nutrients enter your body. So this makes them a benefit for weight loss, managing hunger and sustained energy.
Ready to Start Sprouting?
Obviously you will need seeds and/or nuts to start. You’ll want to make sure they are a good quality, non-GMO and preferably organic. I’ve provided a link at the bottom for where I like to purchase my sprouts. As always, do your homework.
Some sprouts to start with are: Broccoli, Sunflower, Peas, Mung Bean, Alfalfa. I like the mixes which include a variety of sprouts.
You can store the seeds or nuts in your freezer until you are ready to sprout them.
The easiest, and least expensive, container is a mason jar and cheesecloth. I used, and still do sometimes, this method for years. There are also sprouting lids, plastic growers and the one I really like is a terra-cotta grower (link is at the bottom also). A bit expensive, but well worth it. Your sprouts have lots of room and air circulation to grow.
Put 1-2 Tablespoons of your sprouting seeds in a wide mouth mason jar. Add fresh water and soak for 8 hours. Cover the top with cheesecloth.
Then drain and rinse two times a day for 3-5 days.
How easy is that??
Now you have your sprouts, what to do with them…..
Great as a snack
Use in sandwiches or wraps
Add to stir fry
Fold in an omelette
Juice them with fruits and veggies
Add to soup
And to get you started, I’ve included a recipe below for Sprouted Raw Hummus.
I’d love to hear your experience with sprouting or will this be a new adventure for you??
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Making your own Hummus is easy, nutritious, less expensive and you can add your own flavors.
And when you use “Sprouted” Chickpeas (Garbanzos) it becomes even more nutritious.
Use Hummus as a sandwich spread, on some pita, or as a dip for fresh veggies.
It’s raw, vegan, full or protein and if you leave out the Olive Oil it reduces calories!
As always, organic ingredients are best!