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Nutrition DIY – Introduction in How to Sprout
Published on: January 23, 2021

Nutrition DIY – Introduction in How to Sprout

I find that sprouting is a super easy nutrition DIY project. If you have children or grandchildren, it’s a fun activity to learn about how seeds grow, and very affordable to do.

I am going to talk you through how to sprout whole green lentils, which is one of my favorites. If you decide to sprout a different type of legume, please make sure you know how long it should be soaked for and how long it should be sprouted for. Too short a time period and you could potentially make yourself sick. You have to use whole lentils for this particular example otherwise it will not work.

1) Start of sprouting: soak whole green lentils overnight. I am using a very inexpensive sprouting jar, but you can use simply a bowl. Make sure you have enough water that the lentils will remain covered, because they will swell up overnight, but not too much water that they overflow the container.

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2) Day 1: Rinse the sprouts and cover such that they can continue to grow. If you do not own a sprouting jar, a bowl can be utilized or another jar, with some cheesecloth placed over the top. Then set aside and wait another day.

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3) Day 2: Rinse the sprouts and cover such that they can continue to grow. If you do not own a sprouting jar, a bowl can be utilized or another jar, with some cheesecloth placed over the top. Then set aside and wait another day.

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4) Day 3: Rinse the sprouts and enjoy! You can leave them longer if you want to. But I usually eat the sprouts on day 3. Place the completed sprouts in your fridge if you do not want to eat then all at once. They make a delicious topping (in my opinion) on salad. They can also utilized in a stir fry, etc.

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That is all there is to it!

Why sprout? Despite being low in calories, sprouts are a rich source of nutrients and beneficial plant compounds. They contain antioxidants and are usually high in protein.

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