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?