Today I’m proud to be sharing another awesome product — one that I’ve been curious about for a long time. A sprouting kit! When the folks at Mercola reached out to me to share this product with you, I jumped at the chance because I’ve been wanting to grow my own sprouts to add to salads, smoothies, and stir fries for quite a long time now. This was my chance to get a kit for free, try it out, and then share my results with you!
Who Cares About Sprouts?
Sprouts are baby plants, just sprouted from the seed or bean, so isn’t it wasteful to munch on them before they grow into full-grown plants? Maybe not! I remember learning in school that sprouting a bean or seed unlocks the nutritional value stored inside, and that some nutrients aren’t bioavailable in the dormant seed. That makes sense to me, but for some reason it never occurred to me that a sprout might also be far more nutrient-dense than the full-grown plant as well.
Health Benefits of Sprouts
It turns out that research on the nutritional potency and protective properties (antioxidants and other phytonutrients) found in sprouts shows that all 25 of the sprout (microgreens) studied were richer in phytonutrients than their mature plant counterparts (source). Broccoli sprouts have not only been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth, but also to prevent age-related macular degeneration and stomach ulcers. One prominent researcher (Juurlink) estimates that you would need to eat 20 to 50 times as much of the mature plant to get the same benefits (source). Crazy!
“Broccoli sprouts are rich in one class of cancer protecting agents. This family of compounds or agents induce the activity of a particular class of enzymes called phase 2 enzymes. These are enzymes that assist in getting rid of or detoxifying many cancer causing chemicals in the body and increase the level of a particularly important metabolite called glutathione. As a consequence cells in the body are protected against various harmful events such as carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and other forms of toxicity and oxidative damage.” (source)
Sprouting Seeds at Home
This awesome sprouting kit included three bags of High Mowing Organic Sprouting seeds — broccoli, sunflower, and pea — and a sprouting tray (comes with a top to hold the soil and a bottom to hold the water). It retails for $24.85, and at the end of this post, you’ll get a chance to win one of your very own! (US Residents only)
Full disclosure: I sprouted these seeds under a grow light, but according to the packages of seeds, you can have just as much success sprouting in a sunny windowsill. I also didn’t follow the directions on the broccoli sprouts, which tells you to grow them hydroponically in a jar. I tossed them into the sprouting tray with the other much larger seeds. I learned in doing that that the tiny seeds grab dirt as they burst through the surface of the soil. Kind of annoying to wash and dry, so next time I think I’ll try the jar.
I also learned that following the directions of how many seeds to sprout at once yielded too many sprouts all ready to eat at the same time for my two-person household. Next time I’ll probably do half of the sunflowers and peas and 1/4 of the broccoli sprouts recommended.
How to Sprout
The process of getting these seeds started was super simple. I soaked them overnight (6 to 8 hours), rinsed them (had to rinse the broccoli seeds more often than the others), and then added them to about 1.5 inches of potting soil in the top sprouting tray. Then I covered them with another thin layer of soil, filled the bottom tray with water, stacked the trays, and set them under the grow light. It only took 24 hours before I started to see a few little green specks peeking through. It took about a week for the full-grown sprouts to be ready to eat. Here’s a video that shows you the step by step process. I didn’t place the heavy objects on top of the seeds, but I’ll try that next time to see if I get thicker sprouts.
The kit we’re raffling off does not include Dr. Mercola’s Sprout Doctor, but I had great success with just plain organic potting soil. You can also purchase the Sprout Doctor advertised in the video above of you want to try that.
Your kit will include:
- 1 bag High Mowing Organic broccoli seeds
- 1 bag High Mowing Organic sunflower seeds
- 1 bag High Mowing Organic pea shoot seeds
- sprouting trays (top and bottom)
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*You must be a US Resident to win this contest.