The American Dietetic Association says that legumes are among the world's best fiber sources. They are nutritious and can be part of a gluten-free diet. This is a great reason to consider them as a staple food in your household. Furthermore, they are very affordable.
But what about the benefits of sprouted lentils? Might they be better than cooked lentils in some ways?
How To Sprout Your Lentils
But sprouted lentils have a great benefit in that they are mostly a passively prepared food. To make them, you simply soak lentils for awhile, and then put them in a jar where you rinse them every so often. Actually, here are more detailed instructions inspired by E-how and general knowledge:
Buy your lentils; organic, ideally.
Soak them for up to 14 hours. If they are teeny tiny, they can perhaps be soaked for 8 hours. It might be good to start with a small amount so that you can get the hang of things before doing a larger batch.
Rinse those lentils as if you were going to cook them, and drain the water before putting them into a big glass jar. Cover it with some cheese cloth. Put it in a place that gets a little bit of light.
Every 8 to 12 hours, dump the lentils from the jar into a colander lined with cheesecloth or not, depending on the size of the holes in the colander, and rinse the lentils. They will gradually start to sprout.
After a couple of days, nibble on a couple. Are they tender enough? If not, give them a little bit longer. Once they are the right texture, put them in the fridge and eat them within a couple of weeks.
As you can see, making sprouted lentils does not require a whole lot of time. You just have to be around to rinse them every 8 to 12 hours.
Benefits of Sprouted Lentils For the Busy Body
When you decide to get a lot of lentils, adzuki, mung beans or chick Peas in the bulk section, you sometimes forget that cooking these guys takes a long time. It can take hours to make a stew, and sometimes you don't have that kind of time to spend. This is one of the best reasons to make sprouted lentils.
One of the biggest benefits of sprouted lentils is that they are a nutritional powerhouse that is available very easily in your fridge. Many things that are in your fridge and immediately consumable are not as delicious and not as nutritious for you. Raw veggies are fun, but sprouted lentils actually give you the protein that you need to feel full and satisfied.
Remember that some of the sprouted lentils benefits also apply to other beans that you can sprout just as easily!
Are Sprouted Lentils More Nutritious Than Regular Lentils?
Sprouted lentils can be high in:
And more. Sprouted lentils will have similar amounts of some of these, and more available nutrients in other ways. Think about it. The lentil plant is starting to grow and form something that would become a larger plant. During that time, it is rapidly developing and becoming softer, more alive.
You are eating it at that prime point in its development. On one hand, it's almost a little sad. On the other hand, it's rather clear that you are getting some great bio-available nutrients. Without fire, sprouts are one of the best ways of making food more digestible and edible. Who knows how long humans have been doing it?
Benefits Of Sprouted Lentils For Kids
Another good thing about sprouting RED CLOVER seeds, lentils, adzuki beans, or anything else is that kids are going to be more likely to enjoy them. This is not true for all kids, of course, but it may be easier to get your child to consume some nice juicy and crunchy lentils than to see them eat a curry stew.
Bottom Line: Go Get Some Supplies!
The only supplies you need for making your own sprouted lentils is a jar, some cheesecloth, and water. You can then go out and buy whatever dried beans you think would be the best choice. You can choose from all sizes of lentils and other dried beans. Have some fun and look up recipes online!
Look in our list of resources for more information about Lentils and how to sprout them. You will see that there are tons of specific health benefits to all types of sprouts, including broccoli, mung bean, and even pea sprouts!
What about you, do you ever sprout things? What types of things?
What method do you use?
Are there any common problems that you run across that you can help others with?
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