Sprouts are full of enzymes to help us digest our food. Cooked food loses its enzymes so it relies on our digestive systems to be healthy enough to provide the necessary digestive enzymes. More often than not, people don't have adequate digestive enzymes.
One solution is to consume some raw food with each meal.
Sprouts are a great option! Sprouts are LOADED with vitamins and minerals that are very bio available.
Grow your own and have an endless supply of them!
Ways to enjoy sprouts:
add them to salads or sandwiches
mix them into hummus, or guacamole
blend them into your smoothie
add them on top of any dish for a delicious garnish
Use only organic sprouting seeds to avoid e.coli contamination. Seed sprout choices:
How to grow seed sprouts:
I recommend buying a sprouter from your local health food store because they are designed to give the seeds proper aeration.
For the larger seeds, presoak them for 24 hours in a bowl of filtered water, rinsing them at least twice during that time. Place the presoaked or smaller seeds into the sprouting tray and spray water over each tray separately. Although the trays are stacked and have holes or slits in them, making it possible for water to drip down to each tray, I prefer to give each of them a spray of fresh water. Spray them 3 times a day until desired length of sprout has been achieved. If not consuming them right away, place them in a glass dish with plastic wrap on top. Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap to allow them to breathe. Some sprouts can be kept up to a week but it is preferable to use them up within 3 days.
CAUTION: while sprouting and storing, check closely for mold and discard them if that occurs. I find the easiest sprouts to grow are alfalfa sprouts and I love their delicate flavour!