Sprouted lentils have a burst of nutrition during the sprouting process. These little powerhouses are great to grow at home and so easy to add into your healthy meals.
Select organic dried lentils for sprouting. Lentils come in a large variety of types such as red, green, yellow and brown. All organic lentils can be sprouted, however, each will have a slightly different flavor and larger lentils will require longer sprouting times.
Most lentils provide a slightly spicy flavor so they are a great addition to most any meal. Use them on sandwiches, wraps, soups or salads.
I would suggest starting a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of dry lentils depending on the amount you think you will use in a week. The dried lentils will quadruple in size.
Put your lentils in a jar and pour filtered water over the lentils and allow to soak for 2 to 4 hours. Then rinse the lentils thoroughly after soaking to remove acids and toxins from the lentils. Drain the water as well as you can and cover the jar loosely with a light cloth or a paper towel with can hold with a rubber band and place the lentils in a cool but light location (not in direct sunlight).
Remove the cloth lid from your lentils jar and rinse them well every 8 to 12 hours, draining the water thoroughly before covering with cloth. After about 3 days, try eating a few lentils, which should now have about 1/2-inch sprouts. If you would like the sprouts to be a bit more tender, continue the process for another day.
Finish the sprouting process by giving your lentils a final rinse and dry for 30 minutes or so and cover them with a cloth and place them in the refrigerator. You should eat sprouted lentils within about 1 week to ensure freshness.
Nutrition Cafe Tip:
Lentils are a fantastic source of protein, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Sprouted lentils is often a raw foodist staple as they can be used in so many ways to add great nutrition to any raw food recipe. Including more sprouted raw foods in your diet will supply your body with more vitamins and minerals that these dynamo grains can offer you.
And for such a low cost you can sprout your own lentils in your kitchen which is a fresher way to do them than store bought. Give it a try, I think you will like them.