Superfoods are all the rage these days. Exotic and rare plants from around the world promising to unlock the secrets of optimal health. But did you know that some of the best super foods can be found a lot closer to home, and oftentimes a lot cheaper? Super cheap and super easy, sprouts offer several health benefits that rightfully earn them the name ‘Superfood’.
How Are Sprouts So Super?
Sprouts retain the majority of their vitamins and minerals by the time they reach your plate, and even continue to produce nutrients after being harvested. This makes them a living food as opposed to fruits and vegetables that begin to deteriorate and lose their health benefits quickly over time.
In general sprouts have a higher nutritional content than other foods. As a seed holds in all that nutrion to create a new plant a sprouted seed, which has begun to grow contains much more nutritional value than your unsprouted seed. Sprouts are also high in antioxidants, the anti aging free radical fighting buddies we all want more of in our diet.
Fresh sprouts can be purchased cheaply at most grocery stores, but if you’re looking for an even fresher and more affordable option, try growing your own! Some instructions will vary from seed to seed, but it’s generally similar in practice.
- Get a jar. Mason jars work best in our experiments, with a ready made lid for sprouts or using a cheesecloth with rubber band. Keep in mind the cheesecloth will have to be changed more often.
- Soak your seeds or beans for 8-12 hours, depending on the type. Make sure you add about 4 parts water to one part seed. Rinse.
- Rinse and repeat twice a day. Keep and eye on your sprouts and to keep your them drained because they will rot if left in water.
- Keep sprouts moist but not wet, grow at room temperature, allow plenty of air and be sure not to overfill container.
- Harvest when ready!
Our Favorite Sprouts:
- Renovation Tea: Fenugreek Sprouting Seeds — Fenugreek is a special sprout, also known as methi, is a treasure trove of medicinal properties. It is rich in vitamin C, proteins, fibers, niacin, potassium, iron and alkaloids. It is also rich in a compound called diosgenin which has estrogen-like properties and steroidal saponins.
- Ingredients: Organic Free Trade Fenugreek Sprouting Seeds
- Renovation Tea: Crimson Clover Sprouting Seeds — Crimson Clover Sprouting Seeds provide vitamin C, vitamin A, B vitamins and vitamin K. A 100 g serving of clover sprouts provides 14 percent of your daily value for vitamin C and 38 percent of your daily value for vitamin K. Also, provides a small amount of several essential ones, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and magnesium.
- Ingredients: Organic Free Trade Crimson Clover Sprouting Seeds
- Renovation Tea: Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds — Alfalfa Sprout is full of health benefits — studies show that alfalfa sprouts can combat two of the most common health issues in the world, particularly the U.S.: cancer and diabetes. And those are just two of the conditions alfalfa sprouts help treat or prevent.
- Ingredients: Organic Free Trade Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds
Healthy Eats: Stir Bean Sprouts with Fried Garlic
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ tsp white pepper
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- In a medium to large sauce pan or wok add oil and allow it to heat up to hot but not smoking.
- Add in minced garlic and sauté them until golden brown and fragrant.
- Remove fried garlic from oil to set aside.
- In the same pan add soy sauce, sugar, water and white pepper into a pan. Cook mixture over low heat until sugar dissolves. Pour off into bowl and set aside.
- Using the same pan again, boil water to blanch bean sprouts for about 60 seconds. Remove and serve.
- Dish bean sprouts out and pour sauce over top. Garnish with fried garlic.
**Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Renovation Tea does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Renovation Tea are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.