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How to Sprout (Slideshow)

Sprouting seeds — which is really easy and fun to do — converts a seed’s starch into slow-release carbohydrates and also releases digestive enzymes, making it easier for the body to absorb their nutrients. Start with live seeds (you can’t sprout seeds that are already dried or roasted), and follow these simple steps!

  • Step 1: In a canning jar or shallow terra cotta dish, spread seeds in a single layer and spray them with water. Jamie Martin, Experience Life‘s director of digital initiatives, photographs the beginnings of her seed-sprouting experiment. Pictured here are chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.

    For recipes with seeds, see Seeds, Glorious Seeds.

  • Step 2: Spritz with water, cover with cheesecloth or a glass plate, and place in a warm, sunny area.

    Here you see shallow terra cotta dishes with chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds that Martin attempted to sprout with her family.

    For more on seeds, see Seeds, Glorious Seeds.

  • Daikon radish, Oriental mustard and china rose radish seeds sprouting

    Step 3: Continue to spray seeds with water twice a day and allow to sprout for four to seven days. That Food Girl sprouts a mix of Daikon radish, Oriental mustard, and China rose radish seeds.

  • Radish-Sprouts

    After four to seven days, your seeds should begin to sprout. Pictured here are radishes seeds. (Image via That Food Girl.)

  • Sprouted Baby Kale

    Step 4: Enjoy your sprouts on a salad or sandwich, blended into a smoothie, or in baked goods. Pictured here is That Food Girl‘s sprouted baby kale.

  • Flax-Seeds-Sprouted

    These flax-seed sprouts would be great on a salad, on a sandwich, or tossed into a smoothie.

    (Image from That Food Girl.)

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