Sprout it Out!

As of late, I have been totally obsessed with Sunflower Sprouts.  I mean I love all sprouts in general, but these babies just really seem to take the cake.
I first learned about them by watching the documentary series “The Truth About Cancer”. Dr. Mercola spoke about how in his opinion these sprouts are one of the best foods out there.
So by now, if you have a noticed a trend with me either by reading my articles or by corresponding with me directly, I am kind of a research junkie! My first instinct was to dive into these Sunflower Seed sprouts and find out why Dr. Mercola found them to be a diet necessity.

Here’s what I found out about these little black beauties……

  • First and foremost they are jammed packed with a ton of nutrients and benefits which actually categorizes them as a Super Food!
  • They have more enzymes in them than raw fruits and vegetables (100x more to be specific). Enzymes are incredibly important because they assist your body in pulling more of the amino acids, vitamins, minerals and essential fats from your foods.
  • The protein quality and content of fiber is the same as seeds, nuts, and beans
  • They have about 30x the nutritional value than the organic veggies you are growing in your garden.
Wow! This sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
This is what else I found out….

-The planting and growing process is

-Require little space for growing

-Only need a few days to sprout and are ready to harvest

-Minimal Supplies needed to plant

-Are super easy to incorporate into your diet, eat in salads, on sandwiches, or even juice or blended   in smoothies for a peppery flavor.

So not only are they nutritious, but they are also nutritious too!

My next step was to order them and try it out for myself. Well my research didn’t jade me. They are really easy to grow, all I needed was a foil pan poked with holes, organic gardening soil, water, and of course the organic seeds.
Here’s some basic instructions (which is all you really need-seriously they are a synch!)
  1. Measure out approx.. 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  2. Place them in a bowl and cover them with water (about 4 cups)
  3. Allow seeds to soak for 24 hours (just let them hang out on the countertop, no covering needed for this step)
  4. Next drain the seeds and rinse well. Place back into the bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Make sure to lay the cloth directly on top of the pile of seeds. Not just draping over the bowl.
  5. Check in 24 hours to see if they have begun to poke out of the seeds. If not repeat step 4 for and let set for another 24 hours. If you are seeing sum green proceed to step 6.
  6. Rinse sprouting seeds well, and place aside.
  7. Take a sharp object and poke several holes for drainage into the bottom of your pan ( I use and reuse a disposable foil 13x9 cake pan)
  8. Dump about 1 inch of soil into the bottom of the pan and even out.
  9. Evenly spread your freshly rinsed sprouting seeds on top of the soil in the pan.
  10. Take about 1-2 handfuls of soil and sprinkle over the top of the seeds. (they do not need to buried)
  11. Sprinkle with water so the soil is just a little damp.
  12. Wet down approx. 2 layers of paper towels and lay over top of the planted seeds touching the soil.
  13. If paper towels dry out, just pour more water over top of them to re-wet.
  14. In about 1-2 days they will begin to grow quite well, and you can remove the paper towels to allow them to grow the rest of the way.
  15. Water as needed and in another 1-2 days you will have full grown sprouts ready to eat
  16. You will know they are ready for harvest when you see a secondary growth starting.
  17. Just trim off as low as you can, rinse, pick off any seed shells still hanging on and store in a reused clamshell for about 1-2 weeks. (Mine never last more than a week, and I plant weekly as well)
  18. Enjoy!!

Here are some picts of my second batch so you know what they should look like. Feel free to email me with any questions, I will be happy to help!

Happy Sprouting!!



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