Life lies dormant within seeds. Inside the hard outer shell, nutrients are in stable, complex units until favourable growing conditions are met. Soaking seeds in water awakens life; germination begins. Complex starches, proteins, and fats convert to simpler structures – simple sugars, amino acids, and fatty acids, respectively. These nutrients in the seed and trace minerals from water will supply the early growing needs of the sprout until roots establish to draw nutrients from soil.
Sprouting doesn’t require soil nor the green thumb of an experienced gardener. All that it requires is a glass jar, mesh, seeds, water, and, typically, 3-10 days, depending on what seed you’re sprouting. This makes sprouting one of the quickest gardening methods with no weeds!
Compared to mature plants, sprouts are king of the garden for nutritional value. At less than $0.50 for 2-4 cups of homegrown sprouts, sprouting is the best nutritional bang for our buck. Especially, for those of us living in northern climates, where our outdoor gardening season is less than four months, we don’t have access to year-round fresh produce. What is called “fresh” in grocery stores during winter months has already lost a considerable amount of nutrition during transportation. Sprouts, on the other hand, stand-in as a superior alternative to mature vegetables at the grocery store anytime of the year, but especially outside the growing season.
Why is freshness so important? Because freshness means the best nutrients levels a plant or sprout will ever have. After harvesting a plant or sprout, the nutritional value begins declining. With increasing amounts of toxic chemicals introduced through food, water, air, and personal care products, we have a higher demand for nutrients. To process toxins into forms that can be eliminated from the body, nutrients – lots of nutrients – are required. The more toxic exposures we have, the more detoxification is needed. Inadequate nutritional and antioxidant stores prolong the time that toxins are in the body, which translates into more cellular damage and feeling suboptimal. Eating sprouts, however, tops up the major nutrients needed for detoxification. Sprouts also contain compounds that stimulate detoxification.
Can sprouts really do all that?
Yup, and so much more! From the Indoor Sprouting presentation, you’ll learn:
- the difference among sprouting, microgreens, and mature plants (FYI: sprouting is the easiest);
- what sprouting technique is best for different seeds;
- the pros and cons of various sprouting equipment;
- troubleshooting tips for common challenges that arise with sprouting;
- how to choose sprouts tailored to your nutritional and health needs (e.g. hormonal imbalances, detoxification, inflammation, anxious mood, etc.);
- how to craft seed mixes that combine the best for flavour and targeted health outcomes;
- why sprouts reduce the risk of disease, including cancer, and give you way more energy than eating cooked and processed food; and
- ways to incorporate sprouts into your daily foods to increase the nutritional value of your meals and snacks.
If you do not already feel confident in your sprouting skills and knowledge, I hope you locals can join me at the Indoor Sprouting presentation. In classic Sarah-style, there will be a wide variety of sprouts to sample.
The Next Class
WHERE: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Elias, 4801 46 St, Bonnyville, AB (basement, side door access)
WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 2018
TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
FEE: $15, at the door