Why is Sprouting Good?

  1. Sprouting unlocks the nutrients inside a Seed – Enzymes, Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants.
  2. Sprouting makes food easier to digest and absorb. Does not irritate the Gut.
  3. Sprouts are healthy Whole Foods. Full of phytochemicals to keep the body alkaline and help gently detox the body.

How do I eat sprouts?

  1. Topping on Soups
  2. Salads
  3. Incorporate in Stir Fry
  4. Sandwiches
  5. Sprouts can add texture (crunch!) and spice (try Radish Sprouts!) to your meals.

Is it Safe to Sprout?

  • Salmonella and e.coli can contaminate sprouts in Grocery stores. 
  • In commercial kitchens, it is hard to keep everything clean and free of bacteria due to the large scale. 
  • However, at home it is safe because you can control many variables
    • Cleanliness of equipment
    • Quality of seeds (get them from a reputable source)
    • Air flow
    • Rinsing
  • I have been sprouting for years without any problems with bacteria.  

What kind of seeds do I sprout?
Mung Beans
Adzuki Beans

Radish Seeds

Alfalfa

Broccoli

Chia

Pea Shoots

(I get my seeds locally from West Coast Seeds)

https://www.westcoastseeds.com/collections/sprouting

How do I sprout?

  1. Soak Seeds (4 to 8 hours depending on the seeds)
  2. Drain and Rinse the Seeds
  3. Make sure it is well drained, put on a sprouting lid (perforated lid) , and rest it at a 45 degree angle in a bowl.
  4. Set it in a dark place, that has good airflow (ie not in a dark cabinet)
  5. Rinse 2 to 3 times a day.
  6. Rinse/ Dry/ Store in Fridge

https://sproutpeople.org/growing-sprouts/sprouting-basics/soaking/

Some Tips:

  1. Why do they look Moldy?
    1. When you first start to sprout, you may see tiny hairs on the roots. It appears to be mold, but most of the time it’s just the root hairs.
  2. How long can I keep them?
    1. I usually try to consume the sprouts in 1 to 3 days.
    2. If sprouts happen to go bad, you can usually tell by smelling it.

Try this with your kids! Enjoy!

In health,
Dr. Jeffrey Lee
Naturopathic Physician & Registered Acupuncturist

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