DIY Sprouting: Lentil, Alfalfa and Mung

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Have you been waiting to learn how to grow sprouts for awhile? The easiest way to grow sprouts at home is with a kit. I’d recommend the Sustainable Santa Cruz’s GreenSprout Kit because it’s super easy to use—all you need is a widemouth mason jar and a bit of patience. There’s no dirt required. Each kit comes with everything else you need: sprouting screen, organic cotton produce bag, 6 ounces of organic sprouting seeds, and instructions with a sprouting chart. You’ll have a jar filled with seriously cute, nutritious sprouts in just 3-4 days.

How to Grow Sprouts in a Mason Jar

Watch this short video to see just how easy it is to get sproutin':

Here’s the rundown in copy-and-pasteable form:

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Photo by Amy Gedgaudas. The kit comes with three organic seed varieties: lentil, mung, and alfalfa (I opted for alfalfa).

 Step 1: Measure your seeds using the guidelines on the chat included with your sprout kit. 

Step 2: Rinse the seeds thoroughly in water.

Step 3: Let them soak overnight.

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Photo by Amy Gedgaudas

Step 4:  Drain the water, rinsed the seeds, and covered the jar with the sprouting bag to keep out any light. The seeds will sprout much faster in a warm, dark environment.

Step 5: Place the jar upside-down, tilted it at a 45° angle against the wall, and make sure to keep the seeds damp (but not soaking in water) until they sprouted.

Step 6: Wait. It took about four days for my seeds to fully germinate. This was the hardest part for me… waiting and waiting!

Step 7: Eat your sprouts! Once the jar was full and the sprouts were ready to eat, I replaced the sprouting screen with a solid lid and put the jar in the refrigerator. I used a majority of my sprouts as a topping for kale salads, but tucking a handful into a veggie wrap would be equally delicious.

You can feel great about eating sprouts! They’re abound with antioxidants, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. They also contain beneficial enzymes which invigorate you while your body processes them. Want to know the best part? You can make them at home too!

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Photo by Amy Gedgaudas

Want to try sprouting too? Head here to get your very own kit!

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