Are Sprouts a Superfood?

I’ve done a bit of research on the health benefits of sprouts.  My personal conclusion is that they are the Cadillac of superfoods!   I found a sprouting container for $6.95 along with Mung beans for $5.99 at a local health food store.  The container has a mesh lid, providing necessary air.  The holes in the lid make rinsing and draining super easy!   I want to share some photos of my own sprouting experience. As a noobie, I’m excited they turned out well!
Sprouting Mung Beans Day 1
Day One Sprouting
 

Day 1

Rinse and drain beans.  Place drained beans into sprouting container.  Add enough fresh water to slightly cover the beans by about 1/4th of an inch. Place jar right side up into a dark and infrequently used cabinet.
Sprouting Mung beans Day 2
Day 2

Day 2

The skin of the beans will begin to split open and the tiny sprouts will emerge.   On day 2,  gently rinse and thoroughly drain the beans 4 separate times throughout the day.  Replace the jar in your designated dark place, but each time, lie the container on its side.  
Sprouting Mung beans day 2
End of Day 2

Isn’t this exciting?!  You can grow your own food!  Grow the Cadillac of superfoods!  Sprouts are healthy, free of chemicals, additives, preservatives, and jam packed with nutrients that prevent your body from developing health-related diseases!  

Guess what happened on day 3?

Sprouting Mung beans day 3
Day 3

What the what?  They were bursting out of the jar!  It took work to get them out!  

Aren’t they pretty?  Maybe I think so because they are so healthy!  With COVID-19 at our doorsteps, eating healthy foods to stave off illness is more important than ever!   Motivation To Sprout My motivation to pull the trigger on sprouting came from a lovely lady selling Mung bean salad in Modica Market in Seaside, FL.  I’d never tasted Mung beans.  I sampled and that was that!  I’ve been interested in sprouting for some time!  She recited the recipe but, of course I immediately forgot it. From my half-a#$ memory, I attempted my own version of sprout salad with EVOO, a little salt and pepper, half the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon, 1 small packet of RAW sugar, 1 clove of minced garlic, chopped cilantro and parsley from our garden.  I chilled it for 30 minutes.  It was very tasty, but I think I could find a better recipe.  I would love suggestions from you guys if you have any! My best vegetable-eater-kiddo, helped me through this sprouting process and she was super excited to sample them!  She gobbled them up, but said they were “pretty good.” FYI: enthusiasm is “embarrassing” along with my hair, disturbing people on the beach while playing, having fun in public, and asking strangers questions of any sort.  So, I’m assuming she liked them.
Mung Bean Salad
Mung Bean Salad
If I get the same result next time, I’ll take them out of the jar on day 2. Sprouted grains contain readily available nutrients.  These nutrients are more easily and efficiently absorbed and include significant protein, folate, iron, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium.  The same process that creates a greater density of nutrients also aids in digestion. Adding sprouts to meals at home is a WIN-WIN!  Top burgers with sprouts and add them to salads.  Use them in omelets, stir fry, vegetables, fried rice or meat dishes.  They add a lovely crunch and bright flavor to any sandwich! Tips for sprouting:
  • Start with a clean jar and clean hands.
  • Don’t skip the rinsing and thorough draining as this will prevent unwanted and dangerous bacterial growth.  (Hey, judgers!  I only skipped out on ONE rinse)!
  • Don’t rough-house your sprouts when rinsing.  They will get mad and die.
  • After upright day 1, lay jar on its side for the remainder of the sprouting process
 

4 Comments

  1. there was a time i had a bunch of sisters who came to my house for cooking lessons. I did a project with eggs, and had them make pavlovas. You can bet that they were so enthralled with their creations!!!

  2. I always love your food related stories! I haven’t grown sprouts in a long time – think it’s time again!

    1. Yes! I made too many but it was my first go round. I’ll make less next time. Thinking of starting up a batch today!

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