Are Sprouts a Superfood?

I’ve done a bit of research on the health benefits of sprouts.  My personal conclusion is that sprouts are the Cadillac of superfoods!   My sprouting container and beans were purchased at a local health food store.  The container has a mesh lid, providing necessary air.  Holes in the lid make rinsing and draining super easy!  
Sprouting Mung Beans Day 1
Day One Sprouting

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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. Store 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?  As a noobie, I’m excited they turned out well!  With the COVID-19 pandemic, eating healthy foods to stave off illness is more important than ever!  Be sure to read How To Stock Your Pantry for COVID-19!

 

Motivation To Sprout

My motivation to try sprouting came from a lady selling Mung bean salad in Seaside, FL.  Having never tasted Mung beans, I accepted a sample and loved them!  I’ve been interested in sprouting for some time!  She recited the recipe which I promptly forgot.   My version of sprout salad included EVOO, salt and pepper, the juice from half a lemon, 1 packet of RAW sugar, 1 clove minced garlic, chopped fresh cilantro and parsley.  As a topping for salads, sandwiches and wraps, just a little toss with olive oil and salt will do the trick.  Next time, I’m going to make this recipe, Korean Mung Bean Sprout Salad.   Also, I will take them out of the jar on day 2 and start with fewer beans. Please comment with suggestions!  

Sprouts are the Cadillac of superfoods!

Sprouted beans contain readily available nutrients.  This means the nutrients are well-absorbed and include significant protein, folate, iron, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium.  In addition, sprouts have components that aid in digestion.  Use them in omelets, stir fry, or as a side dish.  They add a lovely crunch and bright flavor to sandwiches and wraps! Get all you need here:   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.  
  • Be gentle with your sprouts when rinsing.  If you don’t 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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