As I always say, greens form an essential part of a raw vegan’s diet. They are very healthy, provide many of the nutrients our body needs… and they can be eaten raw.
But did you know that you can actually take the seeds of leafy greens and evolve them and put them through a process that will make them even better for you? It’s called sprouting. It can be done at home and doesn’t take long.
Sprouting greens neutralizes the anti-nutrients (phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors) that are common in these foods. Basically the not-so-great stuff that you don’t need in your body. Aside from the obvious benefits of this happening, it will also make these foods easier for your body to digest. So if you’ve ever had any trouble digesting any type of greens, I recommend trying the sprouted version of it to see if that sits better for you.
The process of germination not only produces vitamin C, increases vitamin B and Carotene content, but also changes the composition of the seeds in numerous beneficial ways.
Think of it this way: when a seed starts turning into a little plant (the germination process that takes place during sprouting), it’s basically coming to life. So, instead of eating a seed, you’re eating a live plant 🌱. Isn’t that a beautiful thought?
What do I need to start sprouting at home?
The other great thing about sprouting is that you really don’t need any specialized equipment. You don’t even need much space. You need just four things: a good ole Mason Jar (or any jar really) ✔️; a piece of fabric or cheesecloth ✔️; an elastic band ✔️; a strainer ✔️; leafy green seeds ✔️.
How do I sprout my greens?
In just five simple steps. I’ll walk you through them now and you’ll see just how easily you can start sprouting at home.
Put your seeds into the jar and soak them in water (three parts water to one part seeds works well as a general rule). Cover it with the cloth and secure it with the elastic band.
2. Drain and rinse
Use your strainer to drain the water out of the jar. Give your little seedlings a good shaking around in the strainer to rinse them. Pop them back in the jar and refill with water.
A good rule of thumb is to drain and rinse twice a day, although this may vary a little depending on the specific item of food you are sprouting (for example, with soaks, you might want to do this every 8 hours).
The soaking time will vary quite a lot here. It can be anywhere between 12 hours (for pumpkin seeds) to 15 days (for onion).
And there you have it! I’m gonna keep it short and sweet for now, but if you’re interested and want to try it for yourself, I’ve made tons of videos about this on my YouTube channel where I explain in more detail and show you the results you should expect. You can watch them here.