Make Your Own SUPER FOOD | Broccoli Sprouts

Organic broccoli sprouts are one of the best cancer fighting super foods. They also contain more nutrients than mature broccoli and contain sulforaphane a potent antioxidant. This helps with inflammation, high blood pressure, autism, pregnancy (healthy fetal brain development), digestive health, diabetes, Alzheimer's / dementia, respiratory health, anti-aging, immune support and so much more!

Organic broccoli sprouts are so easy to grow and that is coming from someone who has killed a cactus! To grow your sprouts pour about 1/2 inch of sprouts into a mason jar. Fill the jar half way with filtered / bottled water and attach the sprouting jar lid. Let it sit overnight for 8-24 hours ( I soaked my sprouts for 9 hours). Some people place the jar in a dark room or closet but I left the jar right on my counter and they still grew fine. Once they are done soaking, dump out the water, fill the jar half way to rinse and dump out the water. Put the sprouting jar lid back on and flip the jar upside down so the water can drain out. To make things easier I purchased a spouting jar stand and placed a plate underneath to catch the water. For the next 3-4 days repeat this rinsing process twice per day. You will notice the seeds sprouting more every day until the jar is full.

Once your sprouts are mature rinse them in a bowl of filtered water to get rid of the brown seed hulls. Next put the sprouts in a strainer and make sure you dry them completely before storing them in the refrigerator or freezer. Let them sit in the strainer for 2 - 24 hours. You can also use paper towels or a salad spinner to remove any water.

Sprouts are alive and need to breathe. To refrigerate the dry sprouts put them in a bowl and cover them with plastic wrap using a toothpick to poke holes in the top. The air needs to circulate and this will avoid any condensation or bacteria growth. If you store the sprouts correctly they should last for two weeks in the refrigerator. If at any time they look slimy or smell strange just throw them out!

Freezing your sprouts actually increases the sulforaphane yield making them more potent. This works great for smoothies. First make sure they are completely dry and place them into a ziplock freezer bag. When you are ready to eat them simply take them from the freezer with out thawing them. Eating the sprouts when they are still frozen will preserve all of the nutrients and sulforaphane benefits.

You only need to eat 1/2 cup of organic broccoli sprouts per day. They taste similar to radishes and I personally eat them plain and love the taste. You can also put the sprouts in a smoothie, on a sandwich / wrap, in a salad, stir fry, hummus, dip, soup, the possibilities are endless. You do need to chew or grind up the sprouts to activate the sulforaphane benefits, so be sure to chew them well. If you are using frozen sprouts in a smoothie do not thaw them. Place them directly from the freezer into the blender with 2-3 ounces of water and blend completely. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes so the sulforaphane can form. Then you can and add any ingredients to your smoothie. Enjoy!

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