My husband really likes to listen to podcasts and sometimes while we’re driving, I’ll listen in on them too. My favorite is Joe Rogan’s podcast.
On a recent one we listened to, he had Rhonda Patrick on the air (Here’s a link to his interview with her). She was talking about how she grows her own broccoli sprouts to blend into her smoothies. These little plants have something called sulforaphane which are amazing for your health.
Now, I don’t have a degree in biology, nutrition or anything related to that, but I do care about my health so I started research broccoli sprouts and found a ton of research!! Here are a few titles and links:
- Effects of long-term consumption of broccoli sprouts on inflammatory markers in overweight subjects.
- Bioavailability of Isothiocyanates From Broccoli Sprouts in Proteins, Lipids and Fibres Gels.
- Daily intake of broccoli sprouts normalizes bowel habits in human healthy subjects.
- Sulforaphane from Broccoli Reduces Symptoms of Autism: A Follow-up Case Series from a Randomized Double-blind Study.
And Rhonda Patrick has a podcast where she goes more into the science of sulforaphanes and researches on their effects on cancer, brain function and aging. You can listen to it here.
So, my husband and I thought we’d give growing our own sprouts a shot and we found it’s AMAZINGLY EASY and SIMPLE!
- mason jars (we used this size)
- screens (you can easily make these from window screen material or plastic canvas, but we bought these ones to try and they work really well)
- broccoli sprouts (my husband bought this one which has a variety of different sprouts. He likes to mix it up)
- a bowl or drying rack
Measure about 1 tablespoon of seeds into a sterilized mason jar.
Put the screen on and rinse the seeds with cool water
Fill the jar about halfway and soak the seeds for 2-8 hours. We’ve tried both 2 hours and 8 hours, the results are pretty much the same.
Once the seeds are done soaking, dump out the water and use a bowl or drying rack to hold the jar of seeds at a 45 degree angle. This helps the excess water drip out.
Every 12 hours, rinse the seeds with cool water. I leave for work at about 6:45 so our schedule of rinsing was 6:30 am and 6:30 pm, not always on the dot, just around that time.
Our seeds started sprouting the first day!! It was amazing. And in 3-5 days, when the leaves are a dark green, they’re ready to eat!
We blended them into our smoothies and they were delicious!
You can also use these sprouts in sandwiches, salads or whatever else might strike your fancy.
Cheers to a healthier body!
*Note* We used tap water to rinse however be aware of the chlorine content in the area you live as it will have an adverse effect. If you’re concerned, use bottled water.