Growing Your Own Sprouts With Easy To Read Diagrams

May 27, 2009 by  
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Step 1 - Soak Your Sprouting Seeds Overnight

Step 1 - Soak Your Sprouting Seeds Overnight

Growing your own sprouts is so easy if you simply follow these 3 easy steps after buying your supplies – you will need organic sprouting seeds, water and a jar with a fine mesh screen or cheese cloth with some rubber bands to secure the lid. To start growing your own sprouts, start but soaking your seeds overnight. In the diagram alfafa sprouts are illustrated because they are one of the easiest types of sprouts to sprout.

Step 2 - Strain The Water

Step 2 - Strain The Water

In step 2, in the morning strain the water. You can use the left over water from straining to water house plants to conserve water.

Step 3 - Let the Sprouts Drain

Step 3 - Let the Sprouts Drain

Next let the sprouts drain and sit in a nice cool area away from direct sunlight. Simply repeat steps 2 and 3 until the alfalfa sprouts start sprouting and reach a good size, in about 7 days. Good luck!

Broccoli Sprouts: A Nutritional Analysis

May 27, 2009 by  
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Broccoli Sprouts: The Super Anti-Cancer Sprout!

Broccoli Sprouts: The Super Anti-Cancer Sprout!

Broccoli sprouts contain an abundance of phytonutrients in addition to fiber and vitamins A and C, which also guard the body against cancer. If cancer is already present, broccoli sprouts will help the body to suppress further cancer growth.

With a zingy peppery bite, broccoli sprouts present a refreshing taste to the palate. Scientists at John Hopkins School of medicine discovered that 3 day old broccoli sprouts have exceptionally high amounts of a natural cancer fighting compound called sulforaphane.

If you look at broccoli sprouts versus a mature broccoli oz for oz, broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 50 times more of the antioxidant sulforaphane. This is why you need to switch to broccoli sprouts if you are eating broccoli for its sulforaphane content!

Consistent, low level doses of anti-cancer enzymes enhance the body’s biological barriers to cancer development. These enzymes are proving themselves to protecting our good cells from going cancerous in the presence of carcinogens. And the consumption of broccoli sprouts is one of the best sources of these enzymes as they are abundant during the broccoli sprouts rapid growth period of germination.

Broccoli sprouts are a savoury addition to meals and an excellent garnish to any dish. As mentioned broccoli sprouts have a peppery bite so they can be used in place of pepper in any dishes such as salads, a garnish on soups, as a side dish to a meal or in sandwiches and wraps. Because of their high antioxidant content they can also be juiced for therapy.

The recommended method of growing broccoli is using the tray method. Soak 2-3 tablespoons of seeds and then rinse them 2-3 times a day. They will be ready to eat in just 5-6 days! Try it today!

Sprouts One Of The Best High Energy Foods

May 23, 2009 by  
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Sprouts Are High Energy Foods Easily Absorbed By The Body

Sprouts Are High Energy Foods Easily Absorbed By The Body

Sprouts are a highly nutritious food and great for those looking for high energy foods. The reason why sprouts are good as high energy foods is that sprouts have a high level of simple sugars easily absorbed by the body.

A little background on those unfamiliar with sprouts, a sprout is produced when a seed starts growing into a vegetable. Sprouts can grow from the seeds of vegetables, grains, legumes, buckwheat, and beans. Sprouts vary in texture and taste. Some are spicy (radish and onion sprouts), some are hardy and often used in Asian cuisines (mung bean), while others are more delicate (alfalfa), and add texture and moistness to salads and sandwiches.

They’re extremely easy to grow without soil, hydroponically, and are available year round for purchase in grocery stores.

Sprouts have long been considered a heath food and recent research shows that in addition to being a superb source of nutrients, sprouts contain concentrated amounts of phytochemicals (plant compounds) that help protect us against cancer.

Sprouts are also bursting with enzymes, vitamins and minerals! Enzymes essentially make life possible. The enzymes in sprouts as special proteins that help our body digest the nutrients in our food. Eat sprouts raw or juice them to optimize them as high energy foods.

Ancient Chinese scriptures over 5 000 years old refer to sprouts for healing and medicinal properties. Sprouts are truly a 5 000 year old super food.

Why Sprouts Are the Greatest Diet Snacks Ever

May 23, 2009 by  
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Sunflower Sprouts, Perfect Diet Snacks!

Sunflower Sprouts, Perfect Diet Snacks!

Don’t let their small size fool you, sprouts are very filling and highly nutritious making them perfect as diet snacks. We will be covering 3 super sprouts for you to explain why sprouts are such super diet snacks!

Alfalfa Sprouts

One of the most well known sprouts, these sprouts add a fresh and light tasty texture to all your meals. It’s good in any sandwich, salad or omelette. Try different variations today and don’t forget to check out our recipe section! Alfalfa sprouts are high in saponion which lowers cholesterol and stimulates the immune system. It also contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Can you say that about your cookies?

Sunflower Sprouts

Add some sunny and sweet crispy flavour to your dishes with sunflower sprouts! Sunflower sprouts contain all eight essential amino acids, is high in Lecithin, protein and vitamin D. It also contains a high level of Omega 6 fatty acid. It’s a wonderful addition to any rich dish, salad or sandwich. You can also blend it with soups, juice it or add it into any smoothie.

Broccoli Sprouts
With a zingy peppery bite, broccoli sprouts present a refreshing taste to the palate. Scientists at John Hopkins School of medicine discovered that 3 day old broccoli sprouts have exceptionally high amounts of a natural cancer fighting compound called sulforaphane. Broccoli sprouts are a savory addition to meals and an excellent garnish to any dish.

Pea Sprouts

Pea sprouts taste just like pea pods! With a lower water content, pea shoots have the longest shelf life of all the sprouts. The crisp vibrant green of the pea sprouts makes it an excellent garnish. You can slice and dice pea sprouts to complement any pasta or add it as a finishing touch to stir-fry. Pea sprouts contain vitamins A, C, E and all the essential amino acids in addition to being high in potassium and fibre.

Now you know about some of these amazing sprouts, there is no need to go back to your chips, candies and other junk food. Eat these sprouts plain, or mixed in together for the perfect diet snacks today!  Also don’t forget to check out our sprouting recipes on the site.

Cleaning Your Sprouting Bag or Sprouts Bag the Proper Way

Brand New Sprouting Bag With New Sprouting Seeds

After a while of using your sprouting bag, it may start to smell, have mold growth, show signs of wear and tear and leave you cloudy water when rinsing. This article will give you a quick breakdown of how to clean your sprouting bag or bags properly.

Each time after you sprout, you should turn your sprouting bag inside out and give it a medium to high pressured rinse with cold water. Use your hands to remove any excess sprouting hulls or roots on the sprout bag.

Never use soaps, detergents, a brush, bleach, hydrogen peroxide or anything harsh to wash your sprout bag with. You do not want to weaken the natural fibers of your sprouting bag.

A good indication of when you should sterilize your sprouting bag is when your sprouts turn bad or the water starts to turn cloudy.  To sterilize your sprouting bag, place your sprouting bag in a pot of boiling water inside-out for 5 minutes.  Let it fully air dry and shake off any leftover sprouting hulls or roots.

Some of the larger beans such as peanut, soy and garbanzo (or chick peas), should be rinsed 3 times a day to prevent the water from becoming cloudy in the first place. This is especially true if you are sprouting in a hot climate.

Sprouting Bag Tip: To avoid letting roots getting caught in your sprouting bags and to extend the life of your bags, simply immerse your sprouting bags in a sink of water and let the sprouts move around while you rinse them. This way the sprouts are never in the same spot long enough for the roots to grow into the walls of your sprouting bags.

A good indication of when you should sterilize your sprouting bag is when your sprouts turn bad or the water starts to turn cloudy. To sterilize your sprouting bag, place your sprouting bag in a pot of boiling water inside-out for 5 minutes. Let it fully air dry and shake off any leftover sprouting hulls or roots.

Some of the larger beans such as peanut, soy and garbanzo (or chick peas), should be rinsed 3 times a day to prevent the water from becoming cloudy in the first place. This is especially true if you are sprouting in a hot climate.

Sprouting Bag Tip: To avoid letting roots getting caught in your sprouting bags and to extend the life of your bags, simply immerse your sprouting bags in a sink of water and let the sprouts move around while you rinse them. This way the sprouts are never in the same spot long enough for the roots to grow into the walls of your sprouting bags.

A Super Yummy Raw Food Diet Recipe – Rainbow Sprouts Salad

May 22, 2009 by  
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Super Yummy Rainbow Sprouts Salad

Super Yummy Rainbow Sprouts Salad

There are so many amazingly yummy raw food diet recipes out there and this is one here is another one.  This colourful and completely raw salad has a zesty Asian dressing of ginger and coriander, which complements the crunchy fresh sprouts and vegetables.  Any combination of sprouted beans and seeds can be used.  It’s up to you!   Experiment in the kitchen with different a raw food diet recipe everyday, by the end of the year you will be an expert!

If you like this raw food diet recipe, don’t forget to pass it along to a friend!

Ingredients

• 1 carrot
• 1 apple
• 1 celery stick
• 100 g (3½ oz) mung bean sprouts
• 50 g (1¾ oz) sprouted sunflower seeds
• 45 g (1½ oz) sprouted alfalfa seeds

For the dressing

• 1 tbsp lime juice
• 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
• 2 tbsp sunflower oil
• ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
• ½ tsp light soy sauce
• 1 tsp grated fresh root ginger
• Sea salt and pepper to taste

To make the raw food diet recipe salad: Slice the carrot and celery into thin strips about 4cm long. Core the apple and slice into thin wedges. Combine the carrot, celery, apple, sprouted beans and seeds into a bowl.

To make the dressing: whisk all of the ingredients together, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat the ingredients. Sprinkle dulse all over the salad for color and trace minerals. It also gives the salad a nice purple color.

Why Sprouts Are Essential To A Raw Food Diet and A Raw Food Sprouts Recipe

May 22, 2009 by  
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Raw Food Recipe - Pineapple Sprouts Explosion

Raw Food Recipe - Pineapple Sprouts Explosion

Those of you who have been on a raw food diet for a long time, know that it works, it’s not a fad and that people were designed to be on a raw food diet. Not only does a raw food diet give you an incredible abundance of energy but your body will thank you in the long run.

To those new to a raw foot diet, by raw we don’t mean raw fish, meat or milk. We’re talking about raw uncooked foods such as mangoes, watermelon, broccoli, spinach, sprouts…etcetera. There are more nutrients in non-cooked foods and your body has an easier time digesting it.

Sprouts are essential to a raw food diet as sprouts act as a concentrated source of the living enzymes and “life force” that is lost when foods are cooked or not picked fresh from your own garden. Their high enzyme content makes them much easier to digest than the seed or bean from which they came.

All nutrients necessary for life are contained in seeds—a food category that includes grain kernels, beans, legumes, and nuts.  Because sprouts are so fresh, and do not sit for days or weeks in warehouses, we know that we are getting optimum nutrition.

If you’re confused on what to eat on a raw food diet, it’s easy to make food starting with sprouts.  You can blend a good mix of sprouts, fruit, and nuts into a power smoothie. Or toss a quick salad with the same ingredients. We provided a raw food recipe below with spouts that you can simply make with ingredients in your kitchen. It’s nutritious, delicious and your body will thank you for it afterward.

A Raw Food Recipe – Pineapple Sprouts Explosion

1 cup of mixed sprouts (your choice)

1/4 red cabbage, sliced finely

1/4 fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces

1 bunch of mint, shredded

Dash olive oil

Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Simply combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss and serve

Survival Sprouting DVD – The How To Training DVD on Sprouting

May 21, 2009 by  
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Learn To Survive on Sprouts!

Learn To Survive on Sprouts!

Release Date: March 5, 2009
Run Time: 56 minutes
Highly Recommended: 5/5

Plain and simple, Survival Sprouting – The How To Training DVD will show you how to sprout without second guessing yourself.  It shows you how to start sprouting using basic equipment that can be found in and around your household.  There is 100% solid info on how to sprout for pennies a day.  You don’t need fancy equipment to start and once you finish watching the DVD you can virtually start right away.  Survival Sprouting is less than an hour which means you have no excuses not to watch this sprouting DVD and start sprouting.

Who wouldn’t want to eat at a fraction of the cost?  During a slow economy, one of the first things to be affected will be your family’s food supply.  Food prices are continuing to rise along with gas and shipping which drive the costs even higher.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could grow your own healthy and nutritious food for pennies?  Even if there is a pandemic and food supplies are limited you won’t need to worry because you will  know how to sprout.  It’s up to us to take control of our own food supply.

This sprouting DVD will explain to you how to abundantly grow and harvest cheap and delicious sprouts even if you live in a crowded urban setting.  Sprouting doesn’t require a lot of space or soil and this DVD will help you start sprouting right away.

Even if you have stocked up on lots of cheap canned food, you still need fresh greens!  Sprouts are known as a superfood are an amazing green food.  And even if you have NOTHING else to eat, you can live very well on Sprouts!

This DVD will show you how! Click here to Order NOW.

Sunflower Sprouts Recipes Raw Sunflower Sprout Rice and Raw Sunflower Sprout Collard Green Wrap

Raw Fried Rice With Tomatoes, Avocados and Sunflower Sprouts

Raw Sunflower Sprout Rice

We hope you enjoy these two sprouts recipes we have compiled for today, the first one is Raw Sunflower Sprout Rice and the second dish is a Raw Sunflower Sprout Collard Green Wrap.

The first time I heard about raw fried rice was was from Chef and Dr. David Jubb in the movie Raw for Life – The Ultimate Encyclopedia of the Raw Food Lifestyle.  Amazing movie, we highly encourage you to watch it.  It is one of the best raw food movies out there and we’ve seen almost all of them.

This is his recipe from the movie modified slightly.

Ingredients

  • organic cauliflower
  • jicama root (water rich)
  • one small red onion
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice from half an organic lemon
  • a cup of  sunflower sprouts
  • parsley
  • one large tomato
  • one large avocado
  • sun dried sea salt

Cut the cauliflower and jimaca down and put it them into the food processor separately.  Don’t process them too much, especially the jimaca root, to let it have a nice crispness.  It should be fluffy and light. Place the cauliflower and jicama root “rice” into a large mixing bowl and top it off with lemon juice. You can also chop off some of the lemon peel into little pieces for zest. Chop up one small red onion and the tomato and place it into the bowl. Next chop the parsley into small bits and place into the bowl.  Add in the cup of sunflower sprouts.  Drizzle everything with olive oil and add a dash of sea salt to taste.  Finish off the recipe by adding sliced avocado and voila!  You’re done.

Add Whatever You Want Inside

Add Whatever You Want Inside

Raw Sunflower Sprout Collard Green Wrap

Our second of the sprouts recipes is also from Raw for Life – The Ultimate Encyclopedia of the Raw Food Lifestyle.  It is by Chef Rod Rotondi who owns Leaf Cuisine in California.  It’s super easy and you can add whatever you want. We suggest trying this with mangoes for the summertime and trying different variety of sprouts.

Ingredients:

  • collard green leaves
  • mixed greens
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • red bell peppers
  • sunflower sprouts
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • cucumbers
  • black tahini
  • red onion
  • sea salt to taste

Chop and mix everything except for the collard green leaves into a large mixing bowl.  Lay out your collard green leaf and use your knife to cut off the spine.  Use your hands to portion the filling as you see fit and wrap it as you would a burrito.  You can cut it in half and serve it with a smoothie for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It’s that easy!  Try it out today!

Raw Salad Kale Tomato Avocado Sprouts Recipe

One of the Most Amazing And Delicious Salads You Will Make!

Kale is so good for you; it’s extremely high in chlorophyll and so fun to eat with it’s rippled edges.  So what better combination is there than kale and sprouts?  This sprouts recipe is a must try for those of you who love a good textured salad with a creamy dressing.  You can make this sprouts recipe extremely messy, it doesn’t matter – it will still taste good!

Ingredients

  • Bunch of organic kale
  • One ripe organic avocado
  • A cup of sprouts of choice
  • One ripe juicy organic tomato
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Dash of dulse seaweed
  • Half a lemon and half a lime

You can also add whatever is left over in your fridge like red, yellow or orange bell peppers, shredded carrots, and sprouted nuts.  Some people like to add a dash of cayenne for a little kick, I like to replace cayenne with a spicy sprout like clover, onion, garlic or radish.  Try it out, you will love it!

To make this sprouts recipe.  Thoroughly wash all your vegetables, especially the kale, then rip the kale into bite sized pieces and place into a giant mixing bowl.  Chop your avocado in half, pop out the seed with a spoon and spoon out the meat into the mixing bowl.  Chop your tomatoes into tiny salsa sized chunks and also throw into the mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of dulse seaweed or more, and toss in the sprouts into the mixing bowl as well.  Don’t forget to toss in the juice from the lime and the lemon now.  It will prevent your avocado from going bad.

Here comes the fun part.  Massage the avocado and into the kale and really get everything together.  Add in sea salt and pepper to taste and let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour and then serve.

Tip: Make sure you cover your salad with lid when you place it in the fridge to prevent other smells from contaminating your sprouts salad!

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