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Easy Healthy Guide to Sprouting

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Health Benefits of Sprouts:

Sprouts are…
- A potent source of antioxidants and alkalizing to the body. Both of these effects are essential for protecting against disease and strengthening the immune system.

- A good source of essential fatty acids, which many diets are lacking in.

- An excellent source of fiber.

- Rich in chlorophyll (if you allow them to reach their green leaf stage). [Chlorophyll is a powerful blood cleanser and blood builder.]

- A good source of vitamins. [The vitamin density of some seeds can increase from 100% to 2000% after several days of sprouting.]

- Filled with an array of essential minerals. [During sprouting, the minerals develop into a chelated form (making them easier for the body to utilize). ]

- A good source of protein. [One cup of mung bean sprouts has 3.16 grams of protein!]*


Sprouts are low in calories and low on the glycemic index, making the high return for your investment worth the initial time and money spent. Only a few dollars and a few easy days will provide you with a number of fresh, nutrient-rich meals or snacks.

So start the New Year right and sprout some delicious seeds, legumes and grains today!

*From the USDA Nutritional Database.

Next: Simple directions to grow your own sprouts and a yummy sprouted lentil salad recipe!

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5:44AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


1:01AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Grew these as a young girl for a class assignment. Had forgotten about growing them...thanks for sharing. Very easy. Fun for kids.

6:07PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Sounds like fun!

6:08PM PST on Jan 20, 2012


4:29PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

This looks easier than I thought!

9:39AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Thanks for this!

8:25AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

I'm amazed... Seems to easy. I already turned into making my own bread, I have to try this, since I just love vegetables and similar... Thank you so much for sharing.

2:53PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Okay. I have a jar of orange lentils I'm heading to sprout right now! Thanks for poking me to remember to sprout.

2:48PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

This seems very complicated for those of us without a green thumb. I would love it if someone would sell the pre-prepped version (and not just the mung beans) as I would absolutely eat them if I could buy them!

12:27PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

i guess that is why i will never be one of the skinny ones out there in life. i was given a a sprout salad for lunch once. and try as i might i could not get it down my throat. there are certain greens i just did not like the taste of. and another time it had a mold taste to it. i have to go with less sprouts but i am glad there those out there who think it is the great!

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