Sprout some seeds

seedsMr Green, true to his name is back on his raw diet for the summer. One of the things he eats during this time are sprouted seeds.

Sprouted seeds are a true superfood. Packed with vitamins, trace minerals and easy to digest, they are a valuable addition to your diet. You can use them in salads, pep up your favourite sandwich filling or use them as a base for a delicious salad.

Surprisingly, sprouted seeds are full of protein and a fabulous food for a vegan diet.

To sprout your own seeds all you need is a large empty glass jar, such as a coffee jar and some muslin (or an old pair of tights!)

  • Put a tablespoon or so of seeds into the bottom of the jar. Trust me on this; I know it looks like a tiny amount, but you’ll be amazed by how many sprouted seeds you get – you’ll have a garden in there is no time at all!
  • Soak the seeds in water overnight then rinse well through the muslin.
  • Every 12 hours, cover the seeds with water, swish them around for a moment, leave for a minute and rinse well
  • After a few days the seeds will have burst open and produced shoots which means you can begin to eat them!
  • You can store them in a plastic container in the ‘fridge for up to a week.

If you find you are making lots of sprouted seeds, then a good investment is a tiered sprouter. All you have to do is pour the water through twice a day, let it drip through to the bottom layer and empty it. I confess, this is much easier than using a jar, but there is an investment cost involved.

Don’t waste the rinse water; your houseplants will love this nutrient-enriched drink!

Tell me which seeds you have sprouted and eaten …