Mason Jar Sprouting Lids

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Sprouting Seeds

Decided to try a new way of sprouting seeds.  One that would allow more growing space for longer sprouts like sunflower seeds. I loved the idea of these mason jar lids as they have the little stands to drain out the excess water.

After the first few days they seem to be working well.  Each style has its advantages and disadvantages.  The trays are easier and faster to rinse however the jars have more room for seeds which translates into bigger crops.

What I love about growing sprouts is that they add flavour and appeal to salads and meals.  During meals they make a solid, and fresh snack to  replace heavy sweets, cheeses and breads.  The hidden benefits are the concentrated nutrition in the freshness of growing your own sprouts with no outside handling in the way of shipping, stocking on shelves and other shoppers handling the containers.  It is grown and harvested by one person.    Fresh sprouts contain; protein, fiber, Vitamins K, C and A, Iron, Calcium, Folate, Thiamine, Manganese, Copper and Zinc.

Some fun seeds to sprout are:

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Sunflower Seeds – from Garden to Sprouts

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Sprouting Sunflower Seeds

I enjoyed sprouting sunflower seeds from last year’s, 2016’s, harvest.  The fresh seeds took 15 days to sprout and are slow growing compared to flax and alfalfa seeds.  However, a nice addition to our daily diets!  this was more enjoyable using seeds grown in our own garden and now using the same seeds to plant a new crop!

How:

  • soak seeds overnight
  • place on shelf with holes for draining (or in jar covered with cheesecloth)
  • rinse each day at least once with fresh water and drain

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Sprouting Flax Seeds

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Pic courtesy of Renee Lindstrom

Pic Courtesy of Renee Lindstrom

Flax seed must be ground or sprouted to receive any benefits because our system cannot digest them whole. They are eliminated whole if eaten whole.  Sprouting is the best way to get the greatest benefits as soaking and sprouting eliminates phytic acid that may increase mineral absorption.

If you are like me, the sprouts are eaten in the morning after their first rinse.  I am stimulated by the sprouts and unable to resist eating them immediately!  Fortunately we grow them for personal use only!  Flax seed sprouts have an unusual taste that I am pretty sure it is an acquired one!  For this reason I have experimented  with mixing in other seeds that have the same quick sprouting time.  Currently I am trying alfalfa.  Alfalfa has a stronger flavor and mixed together with the flax it makes eating them more pleasant.

Flax and Alfalfa seeds practically sprout  the day after soaking them overnight!  They are ready to start eating within 3 days.

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How to sprout

  • soak seeds overnight
  • place on tray with holes to drain water (or in jar covered with cheesecloth)
  • rinse seeds each day at least once with fresh water

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.