There are many great reasons to grow sprouts – here are just a few:
Sprouts are the delicious and crunchy. They are plants grown from edible seeds (usually alfalfa, clover, sunflowers, but your options are endless) that are grown anywhere from a few days to a week. They are very nutritious and can be included in almost any diet for health benefits. Growing your own sprouts is really easy and worth the effort! Here are some things to consider if you are new to growing your own.
Sprouts don’t take a lot of space – sprouts can be grown in the smallest of spaces in your kitchen. You have several options including sprouting trays, kits or even just a mason jar. Sprouting doesn’t require direct light or an overly warm space. Pick a spot near water and a window and you will have sprouts in no time! Our sprouting/straining bags also work great and are reusable: http://www.e3live.com/all_products/nut_milk_sprouting_bag.html.Sprouting is less expensive – sprouting your own seeds is much cheaper than buying sprouts at the store. For the same several dollars you would pay for a small container, you could purchase enough seed to grow many times the amount of fresh sprouts. You can also customize your blend of seeds to match your preference or needs.Sprouts don’t take a lot of time – sprouts grow quickly and easily. Make sure they are watered on a regular basis and ignore them until they are ready to eat. They are one of the most rewarding things to grow and you can set a routine to provide them to you weekly. It’s much quicker than waiting on a garden.
Sprouts are delicious – fresh sprouts are amazingly delicious and nutritious! These barely grown plants pack a nutritional punch that can be enjoyed on sandwiches, salads, and even in smoothies. Most sprouts are mildly flavored and have a nice crunch to them. We will show in an upcoming post how to grow some sprouts from start to finish.
Growing sprouts is a great way to extend your food budget and improve your health. Give it a try! You’ll be amazed at how simple it is. What kind of sprouts do you enjoy growing? We’d love to hear about your sprouting adventures in the comments below.
Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!