Rainy weather has come and it seems like it will be a while before we get proper summer. Being cooped up in quarantine and trying to maintain social distance can be challenging, but I believe rainy weather might help a little. There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a cup of hot tea and a good book.

But let’s not forget that staying healthy is twice as important now in the time of epidemic. Limited options for exercise should make us realize the importance of a healthy diet. Couch potato lifestyle can always have a side dish of fresh green salad. 

It has never been more tempting to experiment and discover new ways of eating, than it is now, when the majority of our day is spent preparing home cooked meals. Less frequent trips to grocery store don‘t have to mean lower amounts of fresh greens in our diet. Growing your own sprouts is easy and fun, and in a few days time you´ll have a bowl of freshly grown sprouts ready to be eaten raw, used in stir-frys or as a topping for pizza.

All you need is:

  • A glass jar
  • Water
  • A rubber band (or string)
  • A piece of cloth
  • Beans, or seeds, which you would like to sprout.

First step of the process is soaking the beans in water overnight. You should always use enough water to allow the beans to expand and hydrate. This will speed up the germination.

In the morning you gently wash the beans and put them in a jar. The jar can be covered by cloth, which will be secured by a rubber band.

This gives the beans a source of fresh air but keeps any dust or flies out of the jar.

You will want to keep the jar next to the sink, so you can remember to gently wash the beans several times per day. It’s usually enough to fill the jar and drain the water three times per day. 

In the morning when you get your coffee, at lunchtime and before going to sleep. It will become your new routine. Bathroom, brush teeth, wash the beans and good night. 

You want to keep them hydrated and clean but do not disturb them too much. Beans like their peace. In a day or two you´ll start seeing tiny sprouts forming at the base of the bean. You can let them grow as much as you want, just make sure you keep them watered. 

What can be turned into sprouts?

  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Wheat and other grains

Don‘t be afraid to experiment. You can create a mix of your favorite legumes or seeds and get a habit of always keeping a jar of sprouts on a kitchen windowsill.

Why sprouting?

Sprouting (especially legumes) makes the nutrients more available. It transforms the seed, which would be normally harder to digest into a nutrient dense sprout.

The protein content increases and vitamins and minerals became more available. Most sprouts are also easier to digest than their unsprouted counter-parts.

Happy sprouting!