If you’re like I was not too long ago, you probably have no idea about the wonderful world of sprouting seeds. The closest you’ve come to enjoying sprouts is ordering authentic pad thai and having a taste of the bean sprouts that usually tag along. Sprouting seeds might seem a little earthy, or even “weird”, but when you recognize the potential of this incredibly simple and cheap practice, you might never look back.
There is really no mystery to this concept, which makes it all the more shocking that more people aren’t already doing it. Put a couple of spoonfuls of seeds and some water in a mason jar with a screened lid, turn them and rinse them a few times, and in a few days have several cups of delicious, nutritious, organic sprouts to add to just about anything you already eat – salads, stir-fries, sandwiches, etc. This process can take place at any time of year and requires almost no effort. Best of all, it’s incredibly cheap. The only equipment you need is a jar, a screened lid, and the seeds. For less than $10 you can be sprouting seeds in your kitchen right now!
The Many Benefits of Sprouting Seeds
- Outstanding nutritional value: I don’t prefer the term “superfood” – there is good food, bad food, and non-food. Sprouts are good food, rich in protein, vitamins, fiber, and amino acids. The sprouting process is what gives sprouts their unparalleled nutritional value. Vitamin content increases, aminos like lysine increase dramatically, fiber is added, etc., etc., etc.
- Amazing health benefits: The list might be shorter if I attempted to write about the things that sprouts don’t do. Sprouts aid in digestion, increase metabolism, boost immune systems, improve blood health, and are one of the top anti-cancer foods available due to their high amounts of antioxidants.
- “Locally” grown: It doesn’t get more local than your own kitchen. And did I mention that you can grow sprouting seeds year-round?
- Easy to grow: You don’t need a garden (or even a yard!). There’s no expensive equipment to buy. All you need is a jar and 30 seconds a day for 3-5 days. If you started a jar of sprouts at your desk on Monday, you could eat them for lunch on Friday.
- And finally, they’re cheap: Non-GMO Organic Sprouting Seeds range in price, but typically do not exceed $20 per pound. That’s $20 for 16 quart jars (4 gallons) of sprouts! At that price, almost everyone should be out of excuses.
If you want to know the cheapest and easiest way to provide fresh, healthy, delicious food for your family year-round, look no further. I give you. . . sprouting seeds!