Sprout, Sprouting Seeds For Nutrition & Health
Eating living raw plant food is a current health revolution, sprouting and growing seeds is an easy way to grow your own living food.
Something interesting that you may not have thought about, I know that I hadn’t, seeds and nuts were not designed to be used for food, they were designed to grow a new plant. So how do we take a food designed for growing a new plant and turning it into food with out actually growing a full grow replica? We do that by sprouting them indoors, and harvesting them in days instead of the normal months it takes to grow a fully developed plant.
I am going to show you how to sprout seeds to make them a healthy food that will feed, sustain and nourish you and your family.
Why sprout, why not just eat the seeds dry? All seeds have a built in chemical mechanism to protect it and keep it from using its stores until the right growing conditions are met. These chemicals bind all the nutrients inside the seed and prevent it from being released until the weather is warm, and there is enough water for the seed to soak in and begin growing. Basically, the seed is programmed not to use its energy until there are conditions in place to assure the seed will survive.
Sprouting and growing seeds indoors mimics the perfect conditions for the seed to sprout and grow into a new plant… at the same time, it deactivates the chemicals, in the same way as perfect growing conditions do, making the nutrients in each seed bioavailable for human food & nutrition.
Benefits Of Soaking & Sprouting Seeds, Nuts & Grains
- Vitamins A, C, B-Complex & E 20%
- 100 Times More Digestive Enzymes
- Grains Have Higher Amounts Of The Enzyme Amylase For Digesting Carbohydrates
- Essential Fatty Acids Increase
- Broccoli Sprouts Have High Amounts Of The Antioxidant Sulphoraphanes, That Have Cancer-Fighting Properties
- Increase In Quality Of Protein, With More Of The Amino Acid Lysine, Which Is Often Missing Or Low In Vegetable Proteins
- Increases The Availability Of Minerals, Making Them More Digestible
- Easy To Grow
- Locally Grown
- Grow Indoors All Year Long
- Alkalizing To The Body
- Survival Food
- Great For Food Storage
Ever wish you could grow your own salad greens? Well, you can, a current trend in the natural health circles is growing Micro-Greens… And It is Easy To do…
My Micro-Green Set Up
This is my shelf system for sprouting seeds and growing micro-greens, it is just a way to hold the trays, your set up does not have to be so large, some counter or table space may be all you need.
Seeds That Work Well For Micro-Greens
You can sprout almost any seed that is edible, but one seed comes to mind that might not be good to eat uncooked that is the Kidney bean they are toxic if eaten uncooked. But most other seeds, beans, and legumes can be sprouted, and eaten raw or cooked.
You Can Blend Different Seeds For More Complex Flavor Profiles. For example, one blend includes; Broccoli, Clover, Radish, Alfalfa
Country Side Delight Mix – Arugula, Dill, Cress, Clover, and Radish
Then there is the Veggie Queen Salad Mix – Red Clover, Red Lentil, French Lentil, Daikon Radish, Fenugreek
Growing Wheat Grass
Wheat grass is not good for salad greens, it is too tough to break down and extract the nutrients with only our teeth and stomachs, a cow has how many stomachs? If you would like to grow your own Wheat Grass Juice and you would like to extract the most nutrients possible from the grass you will need a Wheat Grass Juicer, A Juicer that also Juices Grass, or a Blender & Some kind of strainer for extracting the pulp, a nut milk bag works well.
Even though Wheat Grass is not good for Micro-Greens, the steps for growing them are pretty much the same, with a few minor adjustments, below I share how I grow Wheat Grass.
What You Will Need
- A Container Without Holes, Or Grow Trays To Grow The Greens
- A Cover or Lid For The Container To Encourage Growth
- Some Soil Or A Growing Pad To Put In The Container For the Seeds To Grow On
- Seeds, Good Organic Seeds For Sprouting, That Has Not Been Treated With Anything
- Jar For Soaking The Seeds
- Hydrogen Peroxide For Cleaning The Trays, Some Also Pre-Soak Seeds With Hydrogen Peroxide Diluted In Water
- Clean Your Trays With Rinse With Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide
- Fill Container With Soil or use Grow Pads
- Put Seeds In The Jar, Fill The Jar With Water, Let Soak Over Night
- In The Morning Drain The Water Off The Seeds
- Wet The Soil or Grow Pads
- Place Soaked Seeds On Wet Soil, or Wet Grow Pads, Spread The Seeds Over The Soil or Cloth Evenly
- Cover With Lid Or Container, Then Cover With Newspaper To Keep The Light Out
- Check Seeds Every Day, Keeping The Soil Or Grow Pads Damp
- After The Seeds Sprout When They Are 1-2 Inches Tall In About 3-5 Days Remove The Lid And Newspaper To Let The Grass Green Up.
- In The Case Of Wheat Grass It Should Be Ready To Use By Day 6, 7 or 8 Depending On The Conditions In The Growing Area.
- When The Grass Is Green And Has Grown To About 5-6 Inches It Is Ready To Harvest.
- Wheat Grass Is Ready To Cut And Put Into A Wheat Grass Juicer Or A Blender, Then Strained Through A Nut Bag, Viola’ Wheat Grass Juice
As with anything you need to use your best judgment, If your sprouts smell bad or get slimy they are not good to eat, throw out and start again, after sterilizing your growing trays. Do not reuse growing pads, they are one time use only item.
Ann Wigmore Institute – http://www.annwigmore.org
I first learned of eating raw sprouts and wheat grass from Ann Wigmores writings…
Hippocrates Institute – http://hippocratesinst.org/living-food/benefits-of-wheatgrass
Information On Wheat Grass & Living Foods
Got Sprouts Video Series FAQS – http://www.gotsprouts.com/faq-frequently-asked-questions.html
Johnny’s Selected Seeds – http://www.johnnyseeds.com
For Seeds For Micro-Greens – Huge variety and bulk quantities
Sprout People – http://sproutpeople.org/
Seeds Growing Information
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