Broccoli Sprouts: How To Grow & Why You Should
by Kiki Athanas
March 18, 2019
Cruciferous vegetables are known to be one of the most powerful detoxification support foods and overall nutrient powerhouses for energy, vitality, and optimal longevity.
There’s a special substance in these veggies that makes them extra beneficial, and it’s called sulforaphane - particularly concentrated in broccoli sprouts. The even better news is that growing your own sprouts is easy, cheap, and requires much less “hippie granola” dedication than you might think. The following will break down exactly why you need these little bloomers in your life, and how to do it with as much ease (& grace!) as possible.
The Top 5 Benefits of Phytonutrient Sulforaphane:
- Promotes the body’s natural detoxification process & pathways.
- Increase cognitive performance and stamina.
- Heart and cardio-protective.
- Aids weight loss by altering energy consumption in the body as well as through optimizing gut flora.
- Reduces pain and inflammation due to its antioxidant-boosting activity.
There are countless other benefits and well-studied, proven scientific and therapeutic applications for a range of doses of sulforaphane. For now, hopefully you trust that sprinkling some of these sprouts on your meals, popping them in a smoothie, or eating them as the main attraction in a superfood salad tossed in some olive oil & lemon juice, topped with some seeds and maybe a sliced avocado, is something you 100% DESERVE. Yes, you’re body, mind, & soul is WORTHY!
So, how’d you get at this goodness? While you can most certainly find these sprouts “ready-sprouted” so to speak, at your local (bougier, higher end) healthy grocer - think Whole Foods sort of place - it’s much more cost-effective to sprout them yourself.
Wait - stay with me, this isn’t going to be some 67-step yogurt-making thang, nor a “DIY kombucha” rodeo. Sprouting seeds doesn’t require a food-science degree, a lot of time - or a probiotic culture starter (hallelujah!). All you need to do is purchase the seeds, which come dried in either a little plastic bag or container of sorts, usually found in the bulk section of a decent health food store, for about $7-10. You may also “invest” a few bucks in getting a mesh lid top for a glass mason jar, but if not you can use a fine strainer or even a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. Basically you’ll need something that will allow you to easily rinse the seeds as you “grow” them for 3-5 days.
First things first, you’ll pop 1-3 Tbsp of the dried seeds into a glass jar, fill with water to cover seeds, and leave for 8ish hours (or overnight). After that, you’ll drain the water from the seeds and tip the jar upside down to continue draining - leave it tipped like that. Rinse the seeds 2-3x/day (fill jar with water and then empty immediately after and continue to leave tipped over for draining in between rinses) and in 3-5 days you’ll have beautiful sprouts ready to rock your world.
Store in a closed container (i.e. put the real lid back on your mason jar, if using) in your fridge and consume within the week. As soon as my sprouts are ready to use and store, I go ahead and get started on a new batch. NO DAY WILL BE UNSPROUTABLE!