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!
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.
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?