Last Updated on May 28, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Find out how to grow sprouts at home…the easy way.
Learning how to grow your own sprouts is surprisingly easy. Much easier than I anticipated. I say surprisingly because I don’t have a green thumb. At all. Maybe you do, and that’s awesome! But I’ve never been great at keeping plants alive.
Children, yes. Plants, no. (I’m just realizing that this is probably why my mom bought me a cactus for my birthday.)
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So if you’re good with plants you have an advantage here, but if not there’s no need to worry because growing sprouts without soil is much easier than you might think.
And if you’ve ever wondered if you can eat sprouts in the winter you’ll be happy to know that this method allows you to eat sprouts year-round.
How To Grow Sprouts At Home
You can use a tall mason jar or buy one of the tray watering products like the one I used in the example video below.
Using the tray system is so simple! You just place about 1 teaspoon of seeds in the trays. The product I bought on Amazon came with a packet of broccoli seeds and one with alfalfa seeds.
The water slowly trickles down through the different trays and gently waters the seeds. You can move the different trays around so that each level gets a good watering.
Within a few short days, the seeds grow into sprouts and you can enjoy eating your fresh and healthy sprouts!
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Health Benefits Of Sprouts
Sprouts are tiny nutritional powerhouses. Because they’re young greens they’re extremely nutritious, high in vitamins C, K, A, and several B vitamins. They’re also good sources of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. There are many health benefits of eating sprouts.
- improve digestion
- may help lower blood sugar
- boost weight loss
- good for the heart
- broccoli sprouts may protect against cancer
- boost the immune system
- sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts helps balance female hormones that cause acne and PMS
Recipes With Sprouts
There are many ways to enjoy sprouts including in sandwiches, soups, stir-fries, and smoothies. Here are some delicious recipes using sprouts.
- black noodles with mung bean sprouts
- broccoli sprout salsa
- smashed avocado, fried egg, and broccoli sprout breakfast tostada
- crunchy apple sprouted salad with lemon creamy dressing
Equipment For Growing Sprouts
This is the one I have and the same one you see in the video above. I love it because it takes of very little counter space and it’s so fun and relaxing to watch to water trickle down through the layers. It comes with 2 seed packets – broccoli and alfalfa seeds. My alfalfa have grown so fast I can hardly keep up. The broccoli is doing great too, just not as fast-growing, at least in my experience.
The minimal design of this sprouter is attractive and would look great anywhere. It works like growing sprouts in a jar except without the cheesecloth.
These lids are great if you want to grow sprouts in a mason jar. These are perfect, especially if you don’t have cheesecloth already on hand.
These are non-GMO sustainably-grown seeds that are grown and packed in the USA. They’re perfect to add to your sprouting seeds list.
These chemical-free seeds are lab tested and have nearly 100% germination.
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Summary – How To Grow Sprouts At Home
I hope you enjoyed learning more about how to grow sprouts at home. They’re easy to grow in your kitchen with a tray watering system like the one in the video or a simple mason jar. Plus, the cost of starting a sprout farm is minimal so it’s one of those low-cost hobbies you might really enjoy. Tending to your sprouts takes very little time but it’s relaxing and fun to do.
There are several different ways to enjoy eating sprouts but some of the most popular include as a topping for sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Do you grow sprouts? What’s your favorite way to eat them? Share below.
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