By Steve Wohlberg
What are sprouts anyway? In a nutshell, they are regular seeds (like the ones people plant in their gardens) that have just started to grow. After being either soaked in water for a few hours or simply misted with water, the seed starts to germinate. In a short time, a tiny root pops out. That is a sprout. In that stage, you can eat it. Or, you can allow it to grow a bit longer until small leaves form, which is called the “microgreen stage.” Essentially, sprouts and microgreens are baby vegetables.
Scientific evidence supports the fact that sprouts and microgreens are miracle foods. Personally, I’ve been growing and eating sprouts and microgreens for over 40 years. Here are my top ten reasons for growing sprouts and microgreens.
“If we lose our health, we’ve lost almost everything” is a wise saying. Our bodies are made up of trillions of tiny, microscopic cells, and each one of them needs quality nutrition to function optimally. When we eat home-grown sprouts and microgreens, we are eating 100% organic, non-GMO, nutrient-loaded, pesticide-free live food that will cause our cells to thrive. In this age of soil deficiency, too much Roundup being sprayed on plants, wide-scale pollution, and killer diseases, it makes perfect sense to spend a little extra time and effort learning how to significantly boost our health. Consider growing sprouts and microgreens. If you do, your body will bless you. Again, my motto is: You can do it!
Now that you know all the wonderful benefits of growing (and eating) your own sprouts and microgreens, the question should be asked: Why aren’t more people sprouting? See if any of these common excuses to not try sprouting (see below) apply to you.
“I’m too busy to sprout.”
No, you’re not. Once you learn what to do, it takes only a few minutes each day to grow lots of super healthy sprouts.
“I don’t have enough room to sprout.”
Yes, you do. All you need is a sink, a small jar, a small packet of seeds, and a small space on your windowsill or counter or inside a cabinet. Almost everyone has enough room where they live to grow plenty of mega-nutritious sprouts!
“Sprouting is too expensive. I can’t afford it.”
Yes, you can. Most of us have enough money to buy gas and groceries. Unless you are extremely poor, you do have enough money to grow sprouts. Of course, you can spend a lot or a little on seeds and supplies, but it takes only a little to get started, and the health benefits will save you money in the long run. Think less medicine, fewer trips to the doctor, and less time away from work.
“I’m healthy enough. I don’t need to sprout.”
Good health is one of our greatest treasures. If we lose it, we’ve lost a lot. Eating sprouts regularly is one of the best ways to help prevent future sickness. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Especially as we age, protecting our health is a smart move.
“Sprouts probably don’t taste good. I’ll pass.”
Many sprouts and microgreens taste terrific! They add zest to salads, sandwiches, wraps, or even waffle or pancake toppings. Add your favorite seasoning, and the taste of sprouts is often unnoticed. But the health benefits are still off the charts.
“I don’t have a green thumb. I can’t do this.”
Yes, you can. A child can learn how to grow simple sprouts. My motto is: You can do it!
“I’m not convinced that sprouts are so fabulous for my health. I’ll stick with my cheeseburger.”
To learn scientific facts proving how incredibly healthy sprouts and microgreens really are, visit the website of the International Sprout Growers Association. In their section on “Nutrition,” read what the experts have to say.
“I don’t know what to do or where to start.”
A simple step in the right direction is to visit SproutingwithSteve.com and watch a few free, short videos. If you decide to join my how-to-sprout video course, the price is very reasonable (about the cost of one trip to a grocery store). It’s just a one-time cost with no hidden gimmicks. Plus it has a 14-day money back guarantee. If you join, you’ll learn exactly what to do. I guarantee it!
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Bahadoran, et al, “Broccoli Sprouts Reduce Oxidative Stress in Type 2 Diabetes,” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011, Vol. 65(8), pp. 972–7. ; Bahadoran, et al. “Effect of Broccoli Sprouts on Insulin Resistance,” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 2012, Vol. 63(7), pp. 767–71.
Steve Wohlberg is the speaker/director of White Horse Media. He is the author of 40+ books, including Sprout Power: Supercharge Your Health by Growing Live Sprouts, Microgreens, and Wheatgrass in Your Own Home. He is also the host of a simple, practical, how-to-grow-sprouts online video course called “Sprouting with Steve.” Visit sproutingwithsteve.com.