Now that our gardening season is over here in Calgary, sprouting and microgreens get back into full force!
Sprouts are the first stage of seedling development, so we aren’t letting the seeds grow into full plants, but taking advantage of that first stage which is super nutritious and delicious!
Here are just a few of the reasons why I love sprouting so much
Growing something in the winter makes my little heart so happy
With how much I love gardening, Calgary may not be the place for me, but sprouting definitely helps keep me going in the winter (that and planning for next year’s garden season!).
It’s a huge nutrient boost
There are so many nutrients you get out of eating sprouts and it’s a great addition to your regular meals until we can get big greens back and growing in the spring. Sprouts are full of vitamins and minerals and some even contain protein!
It’s super low key and needs very few materials
All you need are the seeds, something to sprout in (I use mason jars) and something to strain the water with. THAT’S IT! You don’t even need dirt. This is definitely the mini-gardening project for you especially if you live in a small place where gardening isn’t an option.
The great thing too about sprouts is how quickly they grow and are done! In just a few days (depending on the seeds you’re using) you can be fully done and they’re ready to eat. No waiting around months and months for things like you normally have to with gardening.
The variety options are huge
There are so many different seeds you can sprout and eat and they all taste really different. It’s really fun to try different varieties of seeds to grow and find your favorites. You can sprout everything from kale and beans to dill and radish.
Sprouts are such a delicious way to add nutrients to your food or meal! I sometimes just eat them by themselves I love them so much. On top of chilli, soups, salads, toast, in a wrap or in a stirfry they add crunch, flavour and freshness.
Cheaper Than Store Bought
I love sprouting at home because it ends up being WAY cheaper than buying sprouts from the store AND you get to control how they’re grown and the seed quality. You also can grow as much or as little as you’re able to eat, so there can be less food waste too.
Want to Learn More?!
In case you missed it, I did a whole masterclass on sprouting that’s still available to view for free in the Connection Community! Definitely check it out if you’re interested in learning more and make sure you show me what you grow!