Sprouting for Success
06 February, 2013

Sprouting can be used to turn otherwise unpalatable dry seeds and pulses into delicious sprouts which can be used to cook a variety of healthy meals or eaten alone as a healthy snack! It is very satisfying to grow your own food and while most people don’t have the time or space to maintain a vegetable garden the only requirement to get started with sprouting is a glass jar, some water, some seeds or pulses and a space in the sunlight (for seeds) or the dark (for pulses) although there is specialist equipment available for people who get into it! In 2-3 days you can be enjoying your very own sprouts.

Aconbury Sprouts have been providing Britain with quality sprouting seeds since 1985 and can now be found in Shipley Health Store. At the moment we have sprout-ready Alfalfa seeds, Aduki beans, Mung beans, Green lentils and bags of mixed pulses for those who can’t decide or who want variety every day! All of these are great sources of vitamins and protein. Another benefit of sprouting pulses is the soaking reduces the time taken to cook them and increases their digestibility.

In the days before multivitamin tablets and supplements, tablets containing dried wheat or barley grass were commonly sold as a nutritional aid – these two plants are nature’s own supplements, both contain a wide range of important nutrients such as Vitamins E, C and B12; minerals phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and iron as well as high levels of vegetable protein – comparing favourably to other well-known superfoods like broccoli and spinach. The key to wheatgrass’ healthiness is in its youth – over time the bountiful chlorophyll, protein and vitamins contained in the young shoots will give way to cellulose fibre and starches – marking the difference between the young grasses and the older grains.

There is fairly little difference in the nutritional content of barleygrass and wheatgrass, one important difference is that barleygrass acts as a “free radical scavenger” and wheatgrass contains more powerful antioxidants, although they can both have wondrous effects on your health.

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