To our family, a sand which just isn’t complete without sprouts in it. There are several different types of sprouts including: bean sprouts, green-leaf sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, radish sprouts, and more! We love sprouts for their flavor and the texture they add to meals but there are also so many health benefits to these little shoots.
Sprouts are basically just the first shoots off the seed of a plant which are harvested before becoming a full-grown plant. Because they are so small, sprouts contain a concentrated amount of certain vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Alfalfa sprouts have also been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis due to their source of phytoestrogens.
Another great thing about sprouts is that you can easily make them at home! All you need is a mason jar, cheese cloth, and sprouting seeds.
I ordered our sprouting seeds from Vitacost.com but you can get sprouting seeds from several on-line retailers and most grocery stores.
To grow your own sprouts at home:
- Put 2 Tbsp seeds in a mason jar. Cover jar with cheese cloth and secure with a rubber band or jar rim. Add water, swirl, and drain. Refill with about 1 cup of water. Soak seeds for 2-6 hours then drain water.
- Rinse your seeds at least twice a day by filling the jar with water, swirling, and draining. Prop your jar on it’s side in a sink or bowl.
- In 3-6 days you will have a jar full of sprouts; Enjoy!