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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sprouts: A Super Food

I couldn't have a garden this summer but I can grow alfalfa sprouts; they're like growing a garden in a jar--with much faster results! In about 5 days you can produce a legume that is packed with incredible nutrition. And if you're a believer of "raw nutrition," these fit the bill.

Alfalfa sprouts are a super food because they:

  • Contain nutrients such as calcium, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, and zinc.

  • Are the top source of anti-oxidants among all vegetables.

  • Are the only plant that supplies the full range of vitamins, from vitamin A, B complex (even B12), C, E, to K. And, placed in indirect sun for a couple of days before harvesting even produce blood-healing chlorophyll.

  • Are beneficial for those with arthritis, high blood pressure, low immunity, high LDL cholesterol, short-sightedness, and ulcers of the intestine. (See this link.)

There are a few different ways to grow sprouts (and there are many different kinds you can grow), such as the old-fashioned way with hose or cheesecloth. But I love my three different-sized plastic screens that make it super easy, provide the proper ventilation, and can be re-used countless times.

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Mommy Bee said...

Put wheat in water overnight, and it will start to sprout. We dont' grow it into long sprouts like with alfalfa, just let it split and get the first tiny bit of white... it's a nice chewy snack. Dave and Will both like to chew on it (almost like gum because of the gluten). It's good for when you get the munchies and just want something to chew on while watching a movie or whatever. The flavor isn't that strong, but I suppose you could add a little honey or something if you wanted.

Also, if you don't have a grinder, sprouting wheat overnight like that will soften it up enough to make decent mush. :)

Kyle, Amy, and Joshua said...

I LOVE alfalfa sprouts! My mom got me hooked on them when I was little. Joshua loves them too...he calls them silly food. Interesting that he'll eat them because the only other foods in the world he likes are cheese, and anything with peanut butter on it. :)

Katrina said...

That's great, Amy! Sprouts are one thing I haven't gotten my kids to eat yet, so that's awesome Joshua like them!


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