A large part of a raw vegan diet is consuming sprouts namely because they are delicious, living foods packed full of nutrients.

Typically I buy sprout mixes from my local health food store but after learning that my classmate sprouted her own mung beans, I knew I had to give it a go.  As it turns out, sprouting is super easy and very economical!

Some benefits of sprouts:

Contain active enzymes that help digestion and assimilation
Increases protein content by 15-30%
Starches change to simple sugars
B Vitamins are enhanced

I’ve seen many a fancy sprouter container but you don’t need to buy those.  All you need are beans for sprouting, a glass mason jar and cheesecloth.

Once you have gathered everything, take 1/2 cup of beans and pour into the glass jar.  Fill jar with filtered water, cover it will with a small square of cheesecloth (folded over so there are 4 layers), put the ring on and soak overnight.

Next, drain and rinse your sprouts.  Flip jar back over to let water drain.  Rinse and drain 2-3 x a day for 3-5 days depending on the sprout.  When rinsing, make sure water runs clear.

After 3-5 days you will have sprouts!

Sprouts can be enjoyed with salads, on sandwiches or on their own.  The Hippocrates Health Institute, a leader in Holistic Healing advocates a diet rich in sprouts, about 20% of your daily intake.

Note – seeds of the Nightshade family (ie tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants) should not be sprouted as they are poisonous.  Please use caution when sprouting.

Have you ever tried sprouting?