Sprouts are packed with vitamins, minerals,chlorophyll, and enzymes. They are also a very high pH so they help alkalize the body. Last weekend I decided to try sprouting kidney beans. You need a glass jar, cheesecloth, an elastic band and about a quarter of your jars worth of dried beans or seeds/nuts. First you need to rinse off your beans. Place them in your glass jar and fill 3/4 full of water. Let them soak 12 hours to overnight depending on the size of bean/seed you are using. Rinse them well again and put back in the jar and cover it with cheesecloth, putting an elastic around the rim to keep it on. Rinse a few times a day making sure to drain well. This is what I saw a week later. A lot of the beans didn’t sprout which is an indication they’re dead and the enzymes have been destroyed. After doing some research I found out you shouldn’t sprout kidney beans because they’re toxic. They contain high levels of phytohemagglutinin, which will cause nausea, vomiting, diahrea, and other adverse health reactions. Good to know. I started soaking some Quinoa today and hopefully I’ll have better luck sprouting it. I whipped up Angela’s Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream frosting for my friend’s birthday tonight. Only I made 1 1/2 the batter and put it into two round cake pans and tripled the frosting. At first I had only doubled the frosting, but it was only enough to fill the center and cover the top so I had to make another batch of it to coat the sides of the cake. You can find the recipe here. I’m not sure if I’ll get a picture of it once it’s cut, but if I do I’ll show you tomorrow. I’m off to get some laundry done before I head out, hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday.
I'm a Canadian gal living in Alberta. I am passionate about nutrition, running and all things fitness & health. I'm striving to live a balanced life without deprivation. I believe in looking after our holistic selves by nourishing our emotional, spiritual and physical needs. I'm learning how to do this everyday!
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian/nutritionist/doctor/personal trainer. The content on my blog is my personal opinion generated from my own experiences. Please remember to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program or changing the way you eat.