I am by no means an expert on sprouting, but my brother is.  He has been sprouting for over 5 years and is enthusiastically spreading the word (and selling sprouts at the Boulder and Longmont Farmers Market) about the AMAZING health benefits of sprouts.  He’s convinced me!

Sprouts are crispy, fresh, and a great addition to any salad or sandwich.  I’m sure you’ve all seen or tried the alfalfa or radish sprouts in the stores…and if you think those are tasty then you’ll LOVE fresh sprouts from home!  Sprouting takes very little effort on your part and you get LOADS of beneficial nutrients in return for your efforts.  I am starting a second batch of sprouts on Sunday and will photo each step…from Day 1 to Feast…and post the directions here.

Until then, take a look at these health benefits:

Health Benefits of Sprouts 

(click the title link…this exerpt was taken from here and there is more info)

  • The vitamins and proteins in sprouts help to build muscles and tone the body. Calcium strengthens the bones, while iron boosts the hemoglobin, necessary for transporting oxygen to all parts of the body.
  • Sprouts reduce the incidence of cancers, heart diseases and diabetes. They lower cholesterol, and regulate the absorption of glucose from the digestive system. Moreover, they contribute to the health of the liver, spleen and lungs.
  • Sprouts increase vitality, strengthen the immune system, detoxify the body and slow the aging process.
  • The fiber provides roughage, thus preventing constipation, haemorrhoids and peptic ulcer.
  • Finally, sprouts maintain the acid-alkaline balance of the body.

In Chinese medicine, sprouts have been used to treat fever, headache, oedema, anxiety attacks, and as a diuretic. It has been used as a common folk remedy to eliminate toxins.

Sprouts are full of vitamins, and easy to digest. They are filling, yet low in calories, thus helping to regulate weight. They rarely cause allergic reactions, and are easy to consume. Crisp, tasty and crunchy, they are a nutritious addition to a number of dishes like salads, soups, sandwiches and vegetable dishes. Sprouts have the highest level of nutrients which are easily absorbed. Therefore, regular consumption of sprouts leads to a heightened feeling of health, energy and vitality.

 That’s one powerful little plant!

And speaking of plants…my mother-in-law surprised me yesterday with this tasty Hot and Spicy Oregano plant, it really is peppery!  It will be great in pasta or on top of pizza…and it’s so cute. 

Have a wonderful day!