When it comes to sprouts there’s nothing better to grow locally. But not only do they have environmental benefits but also a whole lot of health benefits. Sprouts are a highly nutrient dense wonder food which ensures blood purification and strengthens the immune system.
So here are my 8 reasons why you should start growing and eating your own sprouts:
- The best locally grown food. When you grow sprouts yourself you can be your own local organic farmer and ensure that you’re not getting any unwanted harmful pesticides, chemicals or additives on your food. Plus you’re helping the environment by leaving a very small footprint.
- Sprouts are inexpensice. Buying sprouts might be pretty pricy by times but if you buy a whole bag of sprouting seeds and grown them yourself you’ll get almost 5-6 times as much for your money. So eating healthy can be can be super cheap!
- Sprouts are very rich in enzymes. Due to expert estimations there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than in other uncooked fruits and vegetables. Enzymes help to break down food effectively and thus increase the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract. Therefore they are an essential part of the digestive process.
- Sprouts are vitamin powerhouses. During the sprouting process the vitamin content of sprouts increases dramatically, especially when it comes to vitamin A, C, E and the B vitamins. It increases by up to 20 times the original value within just a few days. In mung bean sprouts for example research shows that the vitamin B1 increases up to 285%, vitamin B2 up to 515% and vitamin B3/Niacin up to 256%.
- Sprouts contain a high quality protein. During the sprouting process the protein in beans, nuts, seeds and grains improves and increases their nutritional value. That’s also a reason why it’s a very good food for vegans or vegetarians. “Because where do they get their proteins from?
- A good source of essential fatty acids. Sprouts are a great source of Omega-3 which can actually reduce the amount of harmful cholesterol in your blood vessels and arteries. And since most of us are deficient in these fat-burning essential fatty acids, sprouts are an excellent way to get more of them.
- High in fiber. During the sprouting process the amount of fiber in beans, nuts, seeds or grains increases substantially. Fiber binds fats and toxins in our body, transports them out and thus ensures that it isn’t reabsorbed through the walls of our intestines. So when it comes to weight loss, fiber is a very essential part.
- Sprouts are alkalizing. Excess acidity in your body can lead to various disease including cancer, diabetes, allergies, etc. Thus sprouts help you to keep your body alkaline.
How to grow sprouts at home?
Sprouting microgreens at home is super simple because all you have to do is soak your seeds in water for 12 hours/over night, strain them and place the strainer in a bowl. Cover the bowl with some foil and water your seeds twice a day. And after 1-2 days your sprouts are ready to eat.
You can sprinkle them on top of your salads or smoothie bowls or even better make a whole salad out of sprouts by adding some diced veggies & fruits and a few herbs to season it.
- Adzuki Beans
- Chick Peas
- Mung Beans
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds