How To Compost Sprouts To Reclaim Topsoil With A Compost Barrel

June 12, 2009 by  
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These Brown Dried Out Sprouts Are Better For Composting

These Brown Dried Out Sprouts Are Better For Composting

Learning how to compost sprouts to reclaim topsoil in your garden is easy as long as you get the basics down.  After you harvest greens and sprouts at home in soil you will be left with a mat of roots and short stems that can be recycled to make new soil.  Brown tailed sprouts that are old are dried out can be recycled to make new soil for planting in a few weeks.  Composting is nature’s way of building and maintaining the fertility of the soil.  It is basically a mixture of soil and plant residue that is decomposed to create a rich humus by the action of worms, microorganisms and enzymes in the soil.

To start your home composting system you will need two empty barrels with lids.  Drill holes spaced at two inch intervals all around each barrel, including a few in the bottom.  Place a shallow container underneath each barrel to serve as a drainage tray.  You can place a couple of bricks underneath the barrels to allow air circulation underneath.  Place your unwanted greens and mats in a layer at the bottom of the barrel.  On top of this layer spread vegetable scraps or pulp from your juicer.  Then place some worms and cover them with another layer of broken up mats.

Tip: Avoid using fruit scraps as they can cause excessive leakage in your compost barrel.  Store your vegetable scraps and pulp in a sealed container until you have enough mats to cover them.  Also mix in a handful of lime per barrel to keep the soil slightly alkaline.  Repeat this layer technique without anymore worms until the barrel is full.

When the compost barrel is full, the decomposition of the mats and vegetable matter intensifies.  As long as the barrels are in a warm placfe, but out of direct sunlighy, the compost will develop into a rich soil, ready for use in 2-3 months.  If you want to use your compost sooner, in 1-2 months remove the lid every week and sit up the contents of the barrel with a shovel.  This will expose the contents to more exygen and speed up the rate of decomposition.

If the soil is crumbly, dark and without any trace of bad odor or scraps it is ready for use! Now that you know how to compost sprouts, try it at home!

The information from this article was referenced from The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore.

Sprouts Recipes – Smoothie and Sprout Salad

June 6, 2009 by  
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Green Smoothies Are Delicious!

Green Smoothies Are Delicious!

Green Smoothie Delight

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 pear or apple
  • 1 handful of sunflower sprouts
  • 1 handful of pea sprouts
  • Add fresh mint if desired

Blend all the sprout smoothie ingredients until smooth and enjoy.  Adjust the water for preferred consistency.  Also try doubling the recipe – pour some in your travel mug and enjoy your smoothie when you need an energy boost throughout the day.

The Instant Sprout Salad

1 handful of Sunflower Sprouts
1 handful of Pea Green Sprouts
1/2 cup of Garlic Sprouts (for kick)
1 cup of Alfalfa Sprouts
1 cup of Broccoli Sprouts
Add chopped tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, quiona, sesame seeds and whatever else you are craving!

Put all your ingredients in a large bowl and mix it with your hands. Top with your favourite salad dressing. But any leftovers in a ziplock bag and make sure you have as little air in the bag as possible to help the sprouts last.

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.

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