Sprouts are literally bursting with nutrition and life-force energy, as the goodness nature stores in her seeds is activated. Sprouting beans and lentils increases their nutritional value, making them higher in protein, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, folate, and vitamins. Sprouts are also easily digested, leaving you feeling energized. Unless you have sprouts on hand, this recipe requires a bit of notice to make your own. If you’ve never sprouted before the instructions are below. Make sure not to expose your sprouts to sunlight (keep covered with a tea towel) and rinse well as per the directions to prevent mold.
|How to make your own sprouts:|
|Day 1||morning||Soak beans and lentils in glass bowl with filtered water (soak for 8-12 hours)|
|evening||Strain and rinse well; return to bowl. Invert strainer over bowl, and cover with tea towel.|
|Day 2||morning||Rinse for 15 seconds. Return to bowl and cover as above.|
|mid-day||Rinse for 15 seconds. Return to bowl and cover as above.|
|evening||Rinse for 15 seconds. Return to bowl and cover as above.|
|Day 3||morning||Rinse for 15 seconds. Return to bowl and cover as above|
|evening||Sprouts are ready! Enjoy in sprout salad, and/or add to any dish.|
¼ cup dried french lentils, sprouted
¼ cup dried mung beans, sprouted
1 cup organic grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup organic spring onions, chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 cups of pre-washed spinach
2 cups of spring mix
1 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ lemon, juiced
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
pink salt and pepper to taste
- Sprout the lentils and mung beans.
- Make dressing by combining the ginger, garlic, lemon juice, sesame oil, and apple cider vinegar.
- Assemble salad by combining together the sprouts, tomatoes, spring onions, and fresh basil.
- Toss with dressing. Adjust seasonings as per your taste.
- Any leftovers can be stored in glass Tupperware in the fridge for up to 5 days.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||Rich in good bacteria, enzymes, and acetic acid, ACV helps lower blood pressure and balance blood sugar levels.|
|Basil||Virtually calorie-free, basil is full of antioxidants, phenolics, vitamins, minerals (zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium) and fiber.|
|Garlic||Garlic contains Vitamin C, antioxidants, and alliin, all of which support your immune system and your liver.|
|Ginger||Ginger contains a natural oil called gingerol, a powerful anti-inflammatory important for relieving muscle soreness.|
|Lemon Juice||An excellent source of vitamin C, lemon provides excellent hydration, and benefits for your skin, digestive health, detoxification, and weight loss.|
|Lentil Sprouts||Lentil sprouts, like most sprouts, have more nutrition than their seeds; lentil sprouts are a good source of Vitamin C, and the B vitamins thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin.|
|Mung Bean Sprouts||Mung bean sprouts are low in calories and an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins, and vitamins C and K.|
|Sesame Oil||A nutritional powerhouse, sesame oil’s benefits include providing minerals for bone health; boosting metabolism and circulation; lowering blood pressure and helping prevent diabetes.|
|Spring Onions||Spring onions (aka green onions) provide the combined benefits of onions and greens—an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K.|
|Tomatoes||Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.|