Whether you’re a devout sprout-lover or just looking for new ways to encourage green eating, you may have just realized that growing your own sprouts is a “thing.” Easier than gardening and quicker than breadmaking, sprouting is one of the fastest at-home projects you can get your hands on. Beyond its efficiency, growing your own greens is not only affordable but also incredibly easy. The joys of watching seeds grow from tiny dormant seeds to lush greens knows no bounds.
Already onboard, but not sure where to begin? Join us on the journey:
The Sprouting Seeds
Before you get to sprouting, it’s important to think of how and when you’ll be consuming these green machines. Are you looking to power-up your morning smoothie or whip up a lunchtime salad? The sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing sprout varieties, so the flavor options may seem endless or overwhelming. If you don’t already have a handful of favorites in your kitchen rotation, you can start with a basic assortment of 3, then add on as you expand your tastes. We love:
Broccoli for a remix on your usual vegetable side dish. The sprouts may taste like the full-grown vegetable, but only take 5-7 days to sprout! Health benefits abound and there has been more research done on their effect on cancer cells than any other sprout
Alfalfa is famous in the sprout world as the “father of all foods” and is a perfect substitute for lettuce in most recipes. Rich in chlorophyll, this sprout matures in a week and, due to its more delicate nature, does best grown out of direct sunlight.
Mung Bean for a light, juicy and slightly nutty sprout that does wonders for salads, marinades, veggie burgers, and wok dishes alike. Mung sprouts are incredibly easy to grow in just 5 days and can last up to two weeks in your refrigerator.
Wherever you get your sprouting seeds, make sure they’re organic, quality-tested and sprouting specific. Gardening and bulk-bin cooking seeds won’t yield the same results.
Next, you’ll want to find an area to dedicate to your sprouts. Most people find their kitchen suitable, but you can sprout anywhere you have fresh, circulated air and clean water. Sprouting bags make the growing process a cinch. You soak, drain and dry — that’s it! It’s a common misconception that seeds need light to sprout: all they need is water and air. Our Sproutman Sprout Bags are organic, all-natural and made from hemp so they’re easy to clean and healthy to use. Think about where you’ll be able to hang the bags as your seeds grow. We love hanging them above a sink, from a cabinet knob or hat hook.
Now for the Actual Growing Part…
Now you have your seeds and your bags, all you need is water and time!
1. Place 2-4 tablespoons of your seeds in the Sprout Bag and soak in a bowl of water for 8 hours at room temperature. (We like to do our soak before going to bed.) Soaking the seeds is a must-do as it kickstarts the germination process and unlocks the growing potential of your dormant seeds.
2. Once your seeds are soaked overnight, give the bag a rinse in cool clean water and let it drain until the dripping has ceased—you can just hang it and walk away!
3. Repeat this two times a day. Saturate the seeds and bag in water (for only 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time) and hang the bag to let them drip dry. (No sunlight is needed at this stage of growth.) Depending on the variety of your seed, your sprouts will be plate-ready in 3-6 days!
And now for the fun part! On top of being delicious, sprouts are full of clean fiber and jam-packed with nutritious vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. We mix them into our go-to weekday recipes for added power and flavor.
We love seeing new sprout inspiration! Tag us @sproutman when you share new dishes on Instagram. Here is one of our recent favorites:
Brussels Sprout Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl… topped with broccoli sprouts!
Please keep us posted on your sprouting journey! Reach out to us anytime via email or DM us @sproutman on IG with any questions!