Hey guys! This post has been a long time coming! Today we are talking about sprouting my favorite sprouts! Broccoli sprouts!
Broccoli sprouts are incredibly dense in nutrition and have 100% more sulforaphane than regular broccoli! If you don’t know what sulforaphane is check out my previous post here! To get straight to the point, sulforaphane is amazing for your body and the cells in your body!
I sprout my own broccoli sprouts at home and put them in my veggie shake every day! Sprouting is so easy and so much cheaper than buying sprouts at the store. I looked at the broccoli sprouts at Albertsons and they’re almost $5 for a tiny container! What?! As my father would say: That’s highway robbery!
Like I said, sprouting is incredibly easy! Trust me, if I can do it you can do it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Broccoli seeds for sprouting – I use these: Broccoli Seeds for Sprouting (or seeds for anything else you’d like to sprout)
- Lids for straining water and providing air flow – I use these: Wide Mouth Straining Lids
- Stands to prop up your mason jars to easily drain excess water – I use these: Sprouting Stands
- Large, wide mouth mason jars – You can find mason jars pretty much anywhere. I bought mine at the grocery store.
Let’s go through the steps!
- Start off with putting one to one and a half tablespoons of sprouting seeds into your mason jar and covering them with cold water. The first time I did this I measured the water to be exactly three times as much, but since then I just put enough cold water to completely cover the seeds plus some.
- Leave the seeds soaking in the water overnight. They should soak for about 12 hours.
- Drain the water from the seeds and rinse them off with cold water (this is made easy with the straining lids).
- Place the mason jar upside down on the sprouting stands so that the excess water may drain. Put a few paper towels under the mason jars to soak up the water that drips out.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the next 3-5 days! Once they are green they are ready!
Isn’t that easy? Now you never have to buy sprouts from the store again!
As I mentioned before, I freeze my broccoli sprouts to optimize sulforaphane. You can eat them however you’d like! Add them to a salad or put them on a sandwich! Just beware, they have a stronger flavor than alfalfa sprouts!