How To Sprout Seeds for Your Vibrant Wellness

Here are simple directions for you to know how to sprout seeds in a jar, at home, for incredible nutritional benefits!

how to sprout seeds

The health benefits of sprouts are great. In a single sprout is all of the necessary machinery that will eventually produce a brand new, whole, reproducing plant. Eating these tiny plants gives you a powerhouse of nutrients. Sprouts are colorful, easy to serve, eat and digest.

Sprouts are especially valuable during the winter months as inexpensive fresh vegetables you can grow in the comfort of your kitchen. When you know how to sprout seeds you will be able to have all of the nutritional benefits of fresh vegetables cheaply during the winter months when other fresh vegetables are both hard to find and expensive. The health benefits of sprouts can be yours, easily and inexpensively, year round with these simple instructions.

Grow Your Own Sprouts

You have to choose what kind of seeds to sprout. You only want to sprout and eat plants that have no poisonous parts.  Don't attempt to sprout foods such as tomatoes or eggplant!

Common and easily grown sprouts include peas, alfalfa, lentils, radish, beans and clover. At health food stores, you can usually find organic beans and even wheat to sprout. Check out Sunfood Nutrition to buy various seeds to sprout.

You can get peas and radish seeds from your own garden when you allow these plants to go to seed. Just dry the seeds and store them in a cool place away from any possible animal contamination until you are ready to start sprouting them. Alfalfa and clover seeds can come from an organic farmer. No matter where you buy your seeds, look for and insist on organic seeds. Organic seeds have been through the least handling and do not have any fertilizer or pesticides coating them.

Materials Needed to Grow Your Own Sprouts – Jar Method

1. In a medium to large size glass or plastic jar, place about 1- 4 Tablespoons of organic sprouting seeds. Add 1 cup of cool, fresh water. Cover the top of the jar with mesh or tulle. Soak the seeds for about 6 to 8 hours.

2. Drain the water. Invert and prop the jar in a bowl with the mouth down. Make sure that air gets into the jar so excess water can drain out.

3. Rinse the seeds/spouts twice a day using 1 cup of lukewarm water. Prop the jar in the bowl to drain after every washing.

4. In about 3 to 5 days, you will have sprouts! Transfer the sprouts to a covered glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Wash the sprouts every 2 to 3 days.

Grow Your Own Sprouts— Sprouting Bag Method

(Recommended for bean sprouts and lentils)

For this method, you will need to either purchase a sprouting bag (check out Sunfood Nutrition for sprouting supplies including seeds to sprout) or sew your own bag from tulle.


1. Soak 1 cup of beans for 6 to 8 hours in pure water.

2. Pour the soaked beans into the sprouting bag.

3. Let the bag dry until it stops dripping. Once the bag is no longer dripping, place it in a bowl.

4. Water the bag by dunking it in a bowel of fresh water for about 30 seconds twice a day.

5. You will have sprouts in about 5 days. Store the finished spouts in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Rinse them every 2 to 3 days.

Sprouting Tips

  • Sprout Mung bean sprouts in a dark place for a milder flavor.
  • If you miss a watering, continue as you normally would as long as the sprouts are growing with no sign of mold.
  • If there is mold in your sprouts, remove the moldy sprouts with some of the good ones— just to make sure.
  • For optimal tenderness, your sprouts should average about 1 in or 4.5 cm. The larger you allow them to grow, the tougher they will become.
  • Sprouts are like cooking— taste them as you grow them. Use them when you think they’re ready.
  • Don’t mistake the fine white root hairs for mold! Some spouts roots look like they’re moldy when it’s just the white root hairs that are causing the confusion.

Eating Sprouts!

If you know how to sprout seeds, you can naturally and nutritionally liven up any dish.

  • Use then as a sandwich topping instead of lettuce.
  • Sprinkle them on top of soups as a garnish just before serving.
  • Add to any vegetable or pasta salad.
  • Between two pieces of butter bread, sprouts make an excellent sandwich.
  • Add them to omelets.
  • Chop them and add them to your favorite party dip.

When you know how to sprout seeds, you can have a continual source of fresh nutrients all year round. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that they came from your little, indoor kitchen garden!

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