A sprouted grain is a seed that has been left to grow but harvested for food before it becomes a fully grown plant. They contain high levels of proteins, enzymes, minerals and vitamins, which is why I wanted to make a list of sprouted grains to eat on a plant based diet, I thought it would be useful to know!
Alfalfa sprouts are the shoots of the alfalfa plant harvested before it becomes the fully grown plant version. They are one of the only plants to supply us with Vitamin B12 (and other B vitamins and they contain a concentrate of minersals and vitamins.
It is important you wash them well and pat them dry before eating. I like to add them to salads and soups. I don’t tend to use them in my juicing yet as I am not mad on the taste.
Usually made from the mung bean, bean sprouts are typically used in stir frys and is a common ingredient in Asian cooking. They can be grown in one week and, like all sprouts, it is important they are soaked before eating.
As with all these sprouts, and what makes them so good for us, when you sprout lentils the composition of the lentil changes. There is an increase in the amount of minerals and vitamins it contains. Lentils are really easy to sprout at home too and taste great in a salad.
Sprouted grains are whole grains, making them healther than things like pasta and bread. It is the fact that they are made ready to eat before they are fully grown that makes them so good for us. It is just a shame they are so damn expensive to buy.
You can buy the equipment to sprout your own grains. I haven’t tried that yet but it seems easy enough to do. The key is knowing when to harvest them for eating.