Eating refined grains has negative health effects, and they can directly contribute to problems such as obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, hyperglycaemia, and diabetes.
Benefits of Sprouted GrainsWhen grains, seeds and nuts are germinated, their nutritional content changes and, as they are generally not cooked, they retain their natural plant enzymes. These enzymes are beneficial for helping the digestion of the seeds and nuts in the digestive tract. As well as retaining the enzymes, they also retain the nutrients that would otherwise be destroyed by cooking. Sprouted grains, seeds and nuts also encourage the growth of good bacteria, help to keep the colon clean, and are high in protective antioxidants.
Sprouts, as well as being very digestible, are a good source of fiber and protein, and are high in vitamins and minerals. As an example, sunflower sprouts are high in vitamins A and C, while mung sprouts are high in vitamin C, iron, and potassium. Most seeds are high in phosphorus, which is important for alertness, increased mental abilities, and healthy bones and teeth. In its cooked form, wheat can cause mucus congestion, allergic reactions and constipation. In is sprouted form, the starch is converted to simple sugars, meaning that many wheat intolerant people are able to eat sprouted wheat bread without any problems.
Eating Sprouted GrainsWhen eating sprouted grains, seeds, and nuts, it is important that the entire sprout is eaten, including the leaves and the roots. While they can be eaten by themselves, they also make excellent additions to salads, sandwiches, and soups. Sprouts can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks, though you should make small amounts available at regular intervals, as seeds and sprouts turn bad if kept for too long.
Kamut - Egyptian grain
is an ancient relative of modern durum wheat, two to three times the size of common wheat with 20–40% more protein, higher in lipids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and a "sweet" alternative for all products that now use common wheat . Nutritionally superior, it can be substituted for common wheat with great success. Kamut brand wheat has a rich, buttery flavor, and is easily digested. A hard amber spring type wheat with a huge humped back kernel, this grain is "untouched" by modern plant breeding programs which appear to have sacrificed flavor and nutrition for higher yields dependent upon large amounts of synthetic agricultural inputs.
Lentils are very rich in protein (about 26%), folic acid, and both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Lentils are also very high in Vitamin C and the B vitamins, and contain eight of the essential amino acids. They also contain many trace minerals. Lentils are one of the highest sources of antioxidants found in winter growing legumes.
Fenugreek seeds have been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (which is a compound that has properties similar to estrogen). Other active constituents in fenugreek are alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan, as well as steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin).
What are the Benefits of Fenugreek?Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek has been found to help increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS. In India and China it has also been used to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. Fenugreek also has a long history of use for the treatment of reproductive disorders, to induce labor, to treat hormonal disorders, to help with breast enlargement, and to reduce menstrual pain. Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholestrol levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes. It is also being studied for its cardiovascular benefits.
To begin Sprouting you will need raw grains, a glass jar with a special lid with holes in it- You can order online or find them at your local health food store.
Measure (1/4 cup grain/seed for 1/2 gallon jar), or (1-TBLS grain/seed for quart jar) of each of the grains mentioned above and soak in a dark cool place for 24 hours, the next day drain water into your garden or plants it's nutritious water you may drink it as well.
Step 2:For the next two days keep in the same cool dark place and rinse with cold water twice a day ( in the morning and night) and lay on it's side to give the sprouts room to grow. On the third day once you see the sprouts, you may then put the jar ( on it's side) in the refrigerator to continue the sprouting. Please remember to rinse twice a day.
You now have a living food rich in protein, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals~ enjoy in your salad, sandwich, and just as they are, mmmmmm you are now fueled with the life vibrancy essential to fuel all your beautiful ideas and life manifestations.