Grow your Own Medicine & Food: Sprouts!

Just a quick note to say: Thank you, my friends, for your sweet words of encouragement and joy in the news of an upcoming baby. We are delighted to share our blessings with you in this way. Thank you for being supportive. It means so much to me.  Right now, I am pretty sure I can feel the baby moving already! Praise God!

I will continue sharing how the pregnancy goes as the baby progresses.  {{hugs}}




“Until man duplicates a blade of grass,
nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature,
the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.”

~ Thomas Edison
 The air was warm in our sunny backyard in British Columbia. As little 6 six year old girl, I wasn’t that fond of these crunchy green alfalfa sprouts nestled in between my bread slices, but it was lunch time, and a sprout sandwich was on the menu. Sprouts, cheese and mayonnaise … hair in bouncy pigtails, scrapes on my knees from playing in the large backyard … I remember it very clearly … the beautiful sun pouring down on my head, the warm breeze and the crunchy sandwich with little green sprouts.
While I may not have appreciated these little sprouts as delicious while a child, I certainly see — and taste! — the value in them now. And therefore, my family eats sprouts … and thankfully, we love them {well, some of the little ones will bypass the sprouts, but we sneak them into soups and stews}.
These little sprouts will help us through winter by being our ‘winter greens.’
 How incredible – a sprout can contain up to 400% more protein than lettuce and 3900% more beta-carotine. Amazing!
Sprouts represent the embryo stage of a plant. They contain all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed to grow into a strong and healthy plant. At the sprout stage, a plant is at its highest nutritional value. A sprout can contain up to 400% more protein than lettuce and 3900% more beta-carotine.
Cathy’s Sprouters
“Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads, and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk.”
Paul Talalay, M.D., J.J. Abel, Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Here’s a link for broccoli sprouts – let me know if you try them out!
I’ve always used just a simple mason jars for my sprouts, but my mother gave me a fascinating “sprouting tower” recently and it has been fun to try it out. Simply rinse every day and within three to five days, you will have your sprouts ready for eating. You may purchase sprouting drain lids here for a very cheap price.
 Sprouts help boost metabolism, prevent anemia, improve heart health, boost immune system and aid eye care. If you are looking to feel full and be filled with healthy nutrients, sprouts are an amazing addition to your dinner table, lunch time. You can add them to stews, soups, sauces or just make up a salad with them. They are great as topping for tacos, as well.
{Furthermore, the fiber in sprouts helps to make you feel full, both by adding bulk to your bowels and also by inhibiting the release of ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone that tells our mind that we are ready to eat something. This can reduce snacking and overeating between meals, two of the biggest problems for someone suffering from the problem of obesity.}
Sprouted mung beans have the richness of Vitamin C, K, folate and iron all packed into their tiny little form. They also add protein to your diet. [Mung beans are suggested to be eaten cooked in a dish, such as a stir fry.]
So, this winter … do your family a favor and purchase some mung beans, broccoli seeds or alfalfa seeds to sprout. The the middle of winter, when fresh vegetables are hard to come by and the ones offered at your local grocery store are loaded with pesticides, your body will thank you for those nice, crunchy healthy greens.
November 1, 2019 - 4:32 pm

TERESA @ SF Oh how I need to do this! ((((HUGS)))) How are you feeling sweet friend? So very happy for you all!

October 31, 2019 - 10:52 pm

Rachel Sprouts! A few years ago I dabbled with sprouting and guess I’ve forgotten about the wonderful and healthful benefits of consuming them. It’s so important to continually strive for our health. Thank you for this excellent reminder! Btw I used to own a sort of plastic cylindrical stack for sprouting, but I’d like to try the simpler jar method. Blessings, Rachel from FL

October 31, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Gigi Rebecca, you will love them!

October 31, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Gigi Ruthie, so nice to hear from you. I am glad this is a safe spot for your daughter. Even for my daughter, I find very few safe locations “online”.
The sprouts are mung beans and then a salad mix of various types… a mixture of alfalfa, clover, radish and broccoli.

October 31, 2019 - 11:30 am

Ruthie Dear Gigi and family, It is wonderful that God is blessing you with another precious child! So happy for you all! I just wanted to share that I allow my daughter to read/watch your posts because it’s a safe spot for her. No garbage or junk. She asked how old your eldest was, and I told her. She thought she looked older than she was (17 or there abouts). My daughter is 16. I thought your daughter might like to know that 🙂
What kind of sprouts are you using here in these pictures? All our best to you & family!

October 30, 2019 - 6:37 pm

Rebecca Great idea! I usually sprout my grain when I am not doing sourdough, but I haven’t tried sprouting seeds for fresh eating — I’ll have to order some!