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Grow Your Own Edible Microplants :Lentil Sprouts

LENTILS SPROUTS

Classification: Vegan
Good Source of: phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, bioflavanoids, proteins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes, coenzymes, and fiber

We all know that green and leafy vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals essential for our overall health. Sprouts (also classified as micro-plants) are related to leafy vegetables, they provide a much higher level of nutrients than other foods. Each sprout consist of rich and healthy enzymes essential for the little plant’s (and human) growth. According to experts there are about 100 times enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables. Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all our body’s functions.

Microplants come in different forms and colors, harvested from both land and sea, and nutritionally they are excellent source of two important phytochemicals, the chlorophyll and lycopene. These super powerful nutrients support our body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals and other toxins, and they are loaded with nutrients to boost our natural immunity to disease.

In countries where there are four seasons, it is a challenge to have fresh green leafy vegetables year-round because especially in winter time. Special planting techniques such as using low and high tunnel greenhouses must be used to ensure that vegetables thrive during freezing temperature.  But what if you don’t have a space to make a garden and put a greenhouse? Indoor seeds sprouting is one of the best ways you can do. Why not give this easy and simple method a try? It is cheap too. 🙂 Check also DIY: Alfalfa Sprouts.

What you’ll need:

1 cup of lentils seeds (you can use alfalfa seeds, mungbeans, or any bean seeds)
water
big bowl or any wide container
hand towel

Preparation:

1. Wash lentils seeds thoroughly. Toss out  bad and discolored seeds.
2. After washing, drain seeds, and soak in 5 cups of  water for 4-5 hours.
3. Rinse twice and drain.
4. Put soaked seeds in a container and cover with a wet hand towel. Make sure that the seeds are completely covered.
5. Place the covered seeds on the kitchen counter or near a kitchen window.
6. Check and rinse lintels seeds every day or every other day to prevent mold growth. Dampen the towel to keep moisture in.  In 5 days you can enjoy your fresh sprouts.

Lentils sprout is perfect for juicing, vegetables salad mix, sandwiches, and soup (do not overcook). You can eat it plain, too. Enjoy!

Note: Don’t wait too long or the stems get tough. The shorter the sprouts the better. You may use a pair of scissors to cut the stems closer to the seeds (if you want to eat it without seeds).  You can cut the micro-plants up to three times as the seeds grow some more sprouts.

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