Growing Sprouts

This winter was extra long…really, we had our first snow fall sometime at the end of October and well, it’s not April and we just had a bit falling this morning. My desire to have things GROW and be GREEN has been growing stronger. So, I decided to try my hand out growing sprouts. And I am not disappointed!

Growing Sprouts

I knew it wasn’t a complicated deal but I didn’t realize how fun it would be for the boys and I. We might just be stir crazy from winter but we have had a ball watching how quickly the seeds start sprouting.

My kids couldn’t wait to take them out and eat them. (I know, my kids are weird, but they like their veggies!) It’s been nice to be able to add these to our salads and to our lunches. My youngest just eats them plain.

They are packed with vitamins and minerals, they even add protein to your meal. You can check out the nutritional content of the different types of seeds you can sprout, here.

We have tried a few different types of seeds. So far my favorite are the sunflower ones. I thought I wouldn’t like them as much but I love their flavor. We are using these trays (affiliate link) for sprouting and it has been so simple.

Growing Sprouts

How to grow sprouts! 

1.) Soak your seeds for at least six hours or overnight.

2.) Rinse your beans/seeds after soaking them.

3.) Spread the seeds on the trays. I used about a 1-2 tablespoons per tray. (I like to keep the varieties separate)

4.) Water your sprouts at least two times a day, you want to keep them moist. The tray set mentioned above has a tray at the bottom that holds the water, you’ll want to empty that each time you add fresh water to the sprouts.

5.) Watch them grow!! This can take 3-6 days depending on the type of seed and the temperature of your home.

6.) When sprouts are fully grown, rinse and let dry. (Some of the hardy bean seeds and sunflower seeds need to be de-hulled)

7.) Store in the refrigerator and enjoy them!

This is an easy way to up the nutrition to your salads and for a bonus, your kids will LOVE helping. I find the more involved kids are the more they enjoy eating the fruits of their labors.

Do you sprout? What is your favorite kind of sprout?

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


  1. says

    Thank you! I keep meaning to try to grow sprouts but it has always seemed so intimidating before… This makes it all seem do-able!

  2. says

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! It’s been on my list to make my own sprouts but it just seems so intimidating. But not anymore!

    • says

      You’re welcome! :) I was amazed at how easy it was…I held back for awhile thinking it was going to be a lot of work. Now, my seven year old handles it for me.

  3. says

    I never thought to do so many beans/seeds at the same time – yummy! I think I can tell what all you have in that bowl but give me the list so I’m not forgetting anything!

    • says

      The beans are a blend of adzuki, garbonzo and mung plus green peas….then alfalfa and sunflower seeds in the other bowls. I wouldn’t have thought to do them either but the blend is very nice.

  4. says

    I’ve tried this before and it’s so easy and fun. If I wouldn’t forget them, I could actually eat them too! ha ha

    But seriously, this is a great way to get fresh nutritious greens into our salads. I think I’ll give it another try for my family, AND my chickens! 😀

  5. says

    Thanks for the informative article. What’s a good beginner’s sprout to try out? (I’ve never done this before…)

    Also, your link to the sprouting tray is broken!


    • says

      Thanks Yossif, I’ll head over and fix that.

      Alfalfa seems to grow the fastest with a bigger yield because they are tiny, the also have a mild taste, that is where I’d start.

  6. Crystal says

    I usually do mung beans. I also have a three tray sprout container that I love. My son also loves to water the beans. They are so yummy and can be used in a variety of ways. I would like to try other kinds of sprouts, like alfalfa but am not sure where to find the seeds. Have you tried chia seeds?

  7. says

    What a coincidence jessica,

    My little girls are about to start a little project at school for growing red beans, With the link you shared and your guidelines i think i will be more helpful for it since before i didnt know nothing about.

    Thanks again jessica

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