What are sprouts?
Growing sprouts at home is one of the quickest and easiest ways to supercharge your diet with essential nutrients while also feeling the fun and satisfaction of growing your own food at home.
What are sprouts?
Sprouts are seeds which have germinated and grown into young plants, typically eaten before the first true leaves ("cotyledons") develop. Sprouts grow directly from the sprouted seed and are eaten as an entire plant (root, stem, and leaves). This is the opposite of full-grown vegetables, where typically only one part of the plant is eaten e.g. kale leaves, asparagus stems, tomato fruits, carrot roots.
Sprouts are a classic superfood, which is defined as "a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being".
Health benefits of sprouts
Sprouting brings dormant seeds to life and unlocks powerful nutrient reserves which are packed inside the seed to jumpstart life. Since sprouts are eaten whole, all nutrient-containing parts of the sprout contribute to nutrition.
Additionally, the small size of sprouts makes them one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. Despite being higher in nutrients than many full-grown greens, sprouts remain a very low calorie food because they are mostly made of water. In fact, tiny alfalfa sprout seeds grow into sprouts containing 93% water when they are ready to eat.
These organic broccoli sprouts look tasty on a toasted roll with fresh cream cheese!
Ways to eat sprouts
Sprouts offer a more concentrated flavor profile than traditional greens, which makes them a great alternative anywhere you use lettuce, arugula or other salad greens.
Sprouts go great with sandwiches, on burgers and in soups, or in salads. You can also blend sprouts into smoothies or even use larger sprouts including mung bean sprouts to make a stir fry or dishes like pad thai. Sprouted grains, beans and legumes can be cooked as normal or dried and made into flour or bread.
How to grow sprouts at home
Curious about growing your own sprouts at home? Check out my How-To-Sprout Guide for step-by-step sprouting instructions.
In the guide I cover all the basics such as how long to soak seeds, a super easy rinsing routine, and ways to store leftover sprouts.
Jumpstart your sprouting with proper sprouting supplies. Reusable supplies such as sprouting jars and sprout lids are a one-time investment, and the right sprouting equiopment helps to make your sprouting more predictable and fun. Have a look at my sprouting jar sets here: https://sproutifysupply.com/collections/sprouting-supplies
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Good luck and happy sprouting!