Beans and lentils and seeds can sprout….before they grow to fully grown plants.
They are full of nutrition and I found out about them from my
nutritionist who eats a lot of raw food. She also holds weekend workshops from her home in London.
The main benefit of sprouts is that their protein content multiples at least 3 times whilst the bean germinates. The good thing is that they are meant to be eaten raw. They are absolutely delicious in avocado salads and are quite crunchy, but softer than unsprouted beans or seeds.
You can add them to soups, salads, smoothies, sandwich fillings, and even curries. They are very versatile and easy to grow.
As a deficiency of only one amino acid can cause allergies, low energy levels, poor digestion, lowered immunity, and premature aging, it is best to always have sprouts in your meals for lunch.
Remember this – The replacement of the missing amino acids can result in a complete reversal of symptoms.
Eat a variety of sprouts as each kind has different levels of amino acids in them. Personally, I like alfalfa, sunflower seeds sprouts, mung bean, puy lentil, black-eye beans, lentils and almond sprouts.
They also contain minerals, trace elements and chlorophyll. When I first started growing and eating sprouts with my food – I noticed that my skin was an even tone. The chlorophyll – that is the green juice in most green plants – is effective in building up the red blood cell count in your blood.
The reason for this could be that the cholorophyll molecule is similar to haemoglobin.
Sprouts are also full of enzymes which make them easy for us to digest.
What Minerals And Vitamins Do Sprouts Have?
Here is a short list of a few:
- Alfalfa Vitamin B complex, Vitamins A, C, E, K
Minerals – Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Seleniim, Zinc
- Almonds Protein, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Fats
Vitamin B, E
- Chickpeas – Carbohydrates, Calcium, Protein, Magnesium, Potassium
Vitamins A and C
- Black-eyed Beans – Protein, Vitamins A, and C, Magnesium and Potassium
- Lentils – Protein, Iron and Vitamin C
- Mung Beans – Protein, Vitamin C, Iron and Potassium
I could go on and on, but I believe you have got the message now.
I have told a few of my friends how to grow sprouts and sometimes they mix up the process.
It is very easy, but takes up a little time in the morning and evening when they need to be rinsed and drained.
Alfalfa sprouts take 5 days to grow little green leaves, beans take 2 days to sprout and almonds can just be soaked overnight before eating.
I use sprouting jars to grow mine. You can get them on Amazon.
You also do not need much space for them to grow, neither a garden.
They are very good cost-wise. How? 1 cup of beans grows to 3 x their size after soaking in water overnight – so 500g of beans will last at least 2 weeks. A packet of beans only costs £1.17 in the store. You can get 3kg for £3.00. That will last you for 2 months!
I make sure I always have black-eyed beans, different kinds of lentils, alfalfa and sunflower seeds in my kitchen cupboard to enliven my salads or green juices. Yes, you can even put them through a slow juicer – and with a touch of lemon juice, ginger root and 1 green apple – the taste will go well with whatever other vegetables you put in your juice.
Try it – I bet you’ll like it! Let me know how you get on by commenting down below.