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Deep in our resources for using our food storage is a little paper back book called “The Joy of Sprouting”. Hmmmm. Joy? Well, that might be pushing it! The documented benefits listed in the book go on and on and I actually tried a time or two, with limited success and interest. Regardless, I could never deny how tasty (but expensive to purchase) freshly grown sprouts are!
With that in mind, here’s some very good news for our health, wellness, pocket book and even family fun!
Most of us have more time during the pandemic than we ever have had before and the importance of actually using our food storage on a daily basis is suddenly very real. Many are homeschooling and spending time in the kitchen like never before. Growing sprouts is easy and fun for the whole family to watch and be a part of. You could even make it part of a home-school science experiment! We had a renewed interest in sprouting after reading the sprouts section in Dr. Michael Greger’s Book “How Not To Die.” My husband followed Dr. Greger’s simple advice on how to do it using just lentil sprouts and voila! We now have delicious sprouts to enjoy every day! We love the flavor, the crunch, the fiber and use them every morning in our smoothie that starts the day with a punch.
They’re also super-tasty on top of salads, in wraps and sub sandwiches. We love them mixed into hummus with some finely chopped onion for a chunky dip for carrots and celery sticks. Another favorite is for a thick layer of sprouts with almond nut butter on whole wheat bread! Now that’s a delicious, filling sandwich!
Here’s Lentils Sprouting and Nutrition 101:
We’ve always known that lentils are plant protein superstars! Lentils are high in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, while being low in fat and calories. They are also sources of other key minerals and nutrients including potassium, folate, iron, and manganese.
While cooked lentils are a nutritional powerhouse, raw sprouts are even healthier for you. Lentil sprouts pack high amounts of antioxidants that may lower cholesterol levels. In turn, this may help reduce your risk of heart disease.
The sprouting process boosts lentils’ phenolic content by a whopping 122%. Phenolic compounds are a group of antioxidant plant compounds that may provide anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties.
Due to their increased antioxidant capacity, lentil sprouts may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol high levels of which may increase your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity
One 8-week study in 39 people with type 2 diabetes revealed that eating 3/4 cup (60 grams) of lentil sprouts daily reduced triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol, compared with the control group!
All well and good, but you might have noticed that sprouts of all kinds are pretty pricy at the grocery store. When you do buy them, they have a way of going bad very quickly. It’s much easier and very inexpensive to just do it yourself!
The lowly green lentil, purchased in a bag, is super easy to sprout on a kitchen counter!
Directions: Start with about a 1/2 cup of the dried lentils.
- Place the lentils in the mason jar. Cover the jars mouth with the screen then screw on the ring leaving the lid off and anchoring the mesh. Place the jar under a stream of cool running water and rinse for a minute or two. Fill the jar with water and rest overnight as the dried seeds absorb water and rehydrate.
- In the morning drain the jar thoroughly and rinse the lentils with lots of water once again, but this time drain the works thoroughly and rest the mason jar on its side. You may not see it yet, but the lentils are starting to grow!
- Twice a day rinse and drain the lentils, taking care not to leave them sitting in water. After just a day or so they will start to sprout! The whole process works best if the sprouts are not in direct sunlight, which tends to dry them out too much.
- Continue rinsing and draining the lentils twice a day until the sprouts are about ½ inch long with small green leaves forming on the ends, about three to four days. When the sprouts are beautiful, remove the screen and replace the lid on the jar and store them in the fridge.
They will keep for about a week, but that is no guarantee you won’t have eaten them long before then! We figured out quickly that we needed to have 2-3 jars going at the different stages to not run out.
There you have it! The whole family will have a good time watching them sprout and grow in the jar and enjoying the flavor of these tiny, yummy health boosters.
I’ve decided my feelings are wrong on the title of that book … it really IS a joy to grow and enjoy these sprouts!
Carolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds To Weight Loss Success. She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and in the Washington, D.C. community since 1999. She and her husband Bob are happy parents and grandparents, now living as empty-nesters in Jackson, Tennessee where they center their online business for their amazing herbal detox. They love serving the Lord and attending in a tiny Tennessee branch of the Church where Carolyn is the Gospel Doctrine teacher. They have been sharing their amazing herbal detox drink.