THE UNMATCHED NUTRITION OF A SPROUT
Unmatched!? Yes, you heard that correctly!
There are virtually up to THIRTY TIMES more nutrition if you eat it as a sprout than if you were to wait until it grows into maturity. This is why it is such an amazing winter kitchen garden for those who live in colder climates. A broccoli head for instance, "contains anti-cancer properties and is rich in vitamins A, C, and folic acid. Some other B vitamins and most of the minerals are also present, being particularly best in potassium, along with calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron... It contains (six different) phytonutrients." ~Staying Healthy With Nutrition, pp 316,317 - Elson M. Haas~
Of course, this is not the nutritive value of a cooked broccoli. Yet even WITH all of this nutrition in a raw or lightly steamed broccoli, if you just sprout one seed you get up to 30 times the amount!?!?!? Makes ya just want to bite into one right now doesn't it!?! :)
We are a family of five. Doing the Hippocrates Diet for three small children who never seem to stop eating and two relatively healthy adults is never an easy task... well, not on your own. The Hippocrates Diet is different for everyone and is catered to your particular situation. It is different for each member of my family, yet there are certain generalities we all embrace. Even if you could make one step toward this lifestyle, you will be on your way to a more healthier, disease warrior, pain free, mentally stable YOU. The research we've done has bent us toward this direction and it is simply the best for so many reasons. I've done a lot of hard work to ensure I help you on your journey toward the Hippocrates Diet with minimal effort on the "how-to" for kids. Just come here and let me do the hard part. You get to read or ask for the "how" and then reap the benefits of creating fun, delicious, satisfying, and no-better-nutrition-to-be-found ANYwhere... well, except for the algaes, which I'll talk about on another article in the near future.
NO BETTER PROJECT FOR KIDS
Sprouting for kids is thee most fulfilling thing I can think to do. It has everything: Creativity, nutrition, hands-on learning, math, when paying for the sprout per pound, measuring how many sprouts to soak, and how much soil for each tray, etc. It has sensory integration while the kids put their hands in the soil, gently spreading the seeds across the leveled tray, and quality time with mom or dad! The calm of being at one with nature and watching their eyes widen when watching the seeds come to life, changing color when the natural light of the room shines in is absolutely unmatched. My kids even sing to the sprouts and watch them dance in the sun's light as the first leaves begin to unfold from the sunflower's shell. It is more than just a sprout. It is a series of moments, captured in time.
Watching the kids adding the different sprouts to the salads they have helped to create is beautiful and thrilling for me as a parent. You have had to hear by now the importance of children being a part of making their own food. I can't think of a more hands on gesture toward their own health. Think of what you are teaching your children in mere days. Think of what this simple educational project can mean for the health of their future.
HOW TO SPROUT
As easy as 1-2-3
1. Get a wide-mouthed mason jar, mesh screen, and "mumm's" sandwich sprouting seeds (best source in Canada).
2. Place 2 tablespoons in each jar and soak overnight.
3. Rinse 2 or 3 times daily until they turn green!
That's it!! Honestly, there's no fresher, more nutritious, and certainly no more local source than your very own kitchen!
You can easily buy what they call "sprout kits" if you want to try it out first. Here is one link:
I will be offering a giveaway on one of these soon but don't let that stop you: :)
We keep learning as we go. :) We eventually used large colanders to sprout certain sprouts we used more often (like our favourite sandwich sprouts).
We've tried lots of different ways of sprouting. I do prefer the nylon mesh screens though as I find the stainless steel screens aren't so "stainless" steel when you attach them to the mason jar lid. A friend of ours bought the screen mesh you would use to go into a storm door window. We thought this was cheap and although not ideal, used that because of our budget for awhile as well.
Here's a video from where we buy our seeds. She's not the most outwardly crazy-passionate-fun kinda girl I've seen in other sprouting videos. Yet, she's thorough and worth a look to learn how to sprout using jars via video. :)
Microgreens are seeds you soak, sprout, and then add to another base such as soil. Sunflower sprouts and Pea sprouts are the best, nutritionally-wise. For these, you will need some sort of tray to put your soil in (you need good quality soil if you care about organics like we do. If you don't care (which you should), then you can get soil from your grocery store. You don't need much. About 1/2 an inch in thickness is what I use, so our good-quality soil lasts a long time.
The how-to's are also simple with one extra step from sprouting on your kitchen counter - you simply take the sprouted seeds from your counter and add to the soil. Water it once a day until they are the desired height (simply google the approximate height each microgreen needs or check out the library for sprouting books). Don't think you need all those fancy lights! Here in Canada in the winter, you will want to consider them and I can get into more detail on that another time. During the summer, we enjoyed healthy, vibrant, green microgreens and we did not use ONE light. As the video below will tell you, if you can see your arm in the room, the sprouts will be happy. :)
What Do I Do with All These Sprouts!?!
Well, we juice our wheatgrass and down them as shots - yes. we. do. :) We also juice the pea microgreens and sunflower greens with celery, cucumber and lemon. Sometimes we add ginger and always some algaes (spirulina and chlorella). We also drink E3Live but again, that's a whole other article. ;)
The PERFECT GREEN JUICE = The Hippocrates Juice!!
50% celery and Cucumber
50% pea and sunflower sprouts
Juice in a masticating juicer with one or ideally two augers (we use the one auger, Omega 8005 model)
We use our sprouts in our lunch salads every day, as well as heavy garnish for our soups. We add them to our wraps, sandwiches, sushi, you name it. Sprouts are alive, vibrant, and fill our bodies with essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, and many benefits our nutritional scientists are only beginning to understand and discover. Growing them in your home will also help clean the air!! I just cannot recommend sprouting enough.
So there you have it!! I hope this brief tutorial has helped you a bit. Pictures in stages would be best to teach the beginner and there are SO many pictures and Youtube videos to help you if you want to dive in deeper. Here's an EXCELLENT video I stumbled upon regarding microgreens. It's long, but an excellent tutorial. Feel free to skim through it if you like though as it will still give you a great idea on how it's done:
I hope you give it a try and do some research on the nutritive value of sprouts. If you want more information, please let me know and I'd be happy to share more with you.
If you are interested in sprouting on your own and want more help, contact RawMama for a free 15 minute email or phone consultation to get you started.
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