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Happy Friday if you are reading this on the day it is published! I am currently sitting in Leavenworth waiting to get some climbing in! I drove over last night and somehow forgot my climbing shoes… ha! Luckily enough, I have been manifesting the shit out of money lately and was able to buy a new pair of shoes this morning without worrying about it.
Want to learn more about manifesting money? I highly recommend the book by You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero and just doing some basic research on manifesting, mantras and how to pull more positivity into your life! I also recommend Christina Rice’s newest episode where she talks all about this topic on her podcast Wellness Realness.
Okay, back to our main topic of BROCCOLI SPROUTS! Yay I am stoked for this. Broccoli sprouts are so easy to grow yourself at home and are super nutrient dense.
Why might you want to grow and eat broccoli sprouts? For their amazing positive effect on the body! When consumed, broccoli sprouts are transformed into glucoraphanin, which is a precursor to sulforaphane. Studies have shown that sulforaphane can help to support the heart, bones and respiratory system. Sulforaphane might even prevent cancer and help to fight cancer! Now that’s big. If you want a more science-y article for how this works and happens head here.
Broccoli sprouts contain 100x the amount of sulforaphane than mature broccoli does. Along with being low-calorie and low-carb, broccoli sprouts contain 60% of our RDA for vitamin C, 10% of the RDA for vitamin A and 6% of the RDA for calcium! How cool. If you don’t consume diary, it can seem difficult to get an adequate amount of calcium in your diet. Broccoli sprouts also contain a small amount of iron and 4 grams of fiber!
All that from a little sprout? Oh yes! The only downside is that broccoli sprouts must be consumed quickly after harvesting which makes purchasing them from the store tricky. Enter: DIY! Do-it-yourself broccoli sprouts at home couldn’t be easier. This method will save you lots of money vs. buying them from the grocery store where they can range up over $6 a bag.
To get started you will need:
- a mason jar – 32 oz. size works great
- a sprouting lid – either a wire mesh one or plastic will work great
- organic broccoli sprout seeds
- filtered water
That’s it! These little sprouts don’t need sun and are pretty dang hearty, I have grown them in both warmer and cooler temperatures and they always turn out great! Ready to start? Let’s do this!
- Place 2 tablespoons broccoli sprout seeds into the mason jar and cover seeds with filtered water – important because you want your sprouts to be the healthiest possible!
- Let the seeds soak in the water for 8-10 hours.
- Next, drain the soaking water and rinse the seeds with fresh filtered water and let sit out on the counter. Note here that the seeds are not soaking anymore! Just rinse and drain the water off.
- Make sure the sprouts are completely drained – you don’t want them sitting in any water! You can even tip the jar into a bowl when storing on the counter to get more of the water out.
- Repeat step #2 for two to three times a day for 5 days. You will see your little sprouts start to grow!
- Sprouts are ready to harvest around day 5 – 7 where the sprouts are a darker green color and around an inch long. At this time you can place them in a sunny window to get a nice deep green color thanks to chlorophyll!
- Before eating your sprouts be sure to completely dry them off – I like to use paper towels and store them in the refrigerator before I use them.
- Store broccoli sprouts for up to 3 days and enjoy the heck out of them! I love them on salads, on top of any meal and even plain for fun crunch!
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