Sprouting helps release and increase nutrient levels of beans so let’s learn the 5 tips on how to make super healthy lentil sprouts in this new post!
Benefits of Sprouts
Sprouted beans are highly considered as the powerhouse of all nutrients. Apart from the fact that they are easy to make and highly affordable.
These tiny pods actually contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. They help improve digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, and even protect you from certain heart diseases.
If done and handled correctly, you are sure to harvest all these benefits. However, there are also cases of food poisoning due to mishandled sprouting.
Growing your own sprouts is easy and perhaps the safest way to make your food at home. Just like germinated brown rice or GABA which is rice in its healthiest form, sprouted beans also do amazing wonders to our health.
To release the full potential of your beans, learn the proper way of sprouting and which beans are best to sprout!
Beans to Sprout
You can possibly sprout almost any dried legumes and seeds but the most popular are:
- Mung beans
- Black beans
- Green pea
- Kidney bean
- And more…
Lentils are perhaps the most common bean to sprout because of the many wonders they bring. Plus, sprouted lentil beans release vitamins A, B, C, and E.
Sprouted lentils are also an excellent source of Folate and Potassium. A cup of sprouted lentils can give you 77g of Folate, which is essential in iron production and in producing new cells. It has 248mg of potassium for healthy muscles and heart.
These healthy beans contain low calories at 82 per cup serving, a perfect choice for maintaining and losing weight.
5 Tips of How to Make Super Healthy Lentil Sprouts
Healthy food should not be expensive. If you get more creative and read more about beans and seeds, you can actually get more from these tiny blessings.
If you love lentils, you can surely learn how to sprout it in no time!
#5 Choose the Beans Correctly
Usually, you can just use any kinds of lentils you get in the grocery to sprout.
But then, most of these won’t really sprout especially those that came from other countries.
The beans have undergone processes that may stop them from sprouting.
For best results, you can purchase lentil beans specifically made for sprouting.
You can opt for red, green, and brown whole lentils which you may also order if they’re not available locally.
#4 Prepare your Tools
Do you need special tools for sprouting lentils? Nope. For occasional sprouting, you only need a jar and a breathable fabric.
You can simply use a mason jar or any glass jar you can find in the kitchen counters. There are no special tools dedicated to sprouting lentils.
But, if you find yourself getting hooked up with sprouting in general, then you can get special sprouting toolkits. Such as a sprouting tray or baskets.
#3 Don’t Forget to Drain, Rinse, and Wash
You can sprout lentils in 2-3 days so it is critical that in between these days, you must drain, wash, and rinse your beans.
Or else, your water might stink and I tell you, you won’t like it.
When draining, you can just flip the jar upside down to make sure all water is gone.
The tip here is to check the beans twice a day and do the rinsing.
Sprouts will begin to appear sooner, but the longer you keep them, the better and longer sprouts.
#2 Use Clean Water
Sprouted lentils don’t need sunlight to germinate and so the process takes place during soaking.
I guess by now, you are aware that water plays an important role.
Whatever water you have used during the soaking, the beans will surely absorb it.
To avoid any forms of contamination, use clean water for soaking and rinsing.
Take note that lentils grow in size after soaking.
#1 Consume sprouted lentils within a few days
After you have successfully sprouted lentils, let them dry out completely before storing. Damp sprouts will also shorten its shelf life.
Usually, you can store and consume sprouts for 5 days to one week. However, for safety reasons, you can sprout lentils or any kinds of beans just enough for your recipe.
How to Sprout Lentils
Sprouted lentils actually go with any kinds of dishes you can think of. There are salads, burgers, stews, and many more.
You can simply integrate these beans with any of your key ingredients and voila! A heartful meal!
Using only 3/4 cups of lentils, you will already get 4 cups of sprouts so carefully consider the number of lentils you plan to use for sprouting.
Here’s what you will need:
- Desired number of lentils
- Breathable fabric (for cover) or sprouted lid
- After measuring the desired amount, place the lentils inside the jar and fill it with cool water. Leave it soaking overnight.
- Drain and rinse the lentils, the next morning. Drain them by simply turning the lid upside down or on its side until the water drains off completely. Store in a dry, dark place.
- The beans will begin to sprout on the first day but if you choose to make it a little longer, leave it for another day or two. Just be sure to drain, rinse, and dry.
- You can use it any time and at any length you wish!
Alternatively, you can also watch this video on how to sprout lentils. There might be some slight difference in the process:
Finally, we have learned all the 5 tips on how to make super healthy lentils. Remember, to ensure you get all the powerful nutrients, to choose your beans correctly, and perform the process carefully.
Don’t miss any of the essential tips we gave above! Have you tried preparing your own sprouted lentils? What recipes did you make? Share it with us in the comments below,