If you love cooked lentils, you'll become obsessed with lentil sprouts after growing and eating your own!
These delicious legumes have been cultivated for centuries, and have even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs.
Ancient wisdom has always sparked my family's curiosity. A few years ago, we decided to try out different ancient practices, and the first one we tried was sprouting our own lentils. Also, a friend of mine was raving about all its nutritional benefits, so we had to give it a go.
Lentils, like all legumes, are jam-packed with protein, which is an amino acid that is necessary for building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. So basically everything that's important in your body.
They're also great sources of dietary fiber, which helps your body digest food and lowers cholesterol.
If you worry about getting gas, you won't. When you grow lentils, they turn into vegetables.
If you thought that sounds good, there's more good news!
Sprouting legumes increases their vitamin C, B, thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin properties, compared to other seeds.
So if you're sick of sagging skin and hair loss like me, you've definitely got to start growing these. The best part is that it's super easy to grow, and you have everything you need at home!
Here's how you can do it:
While there are many ways to sprout these, I find this way to be the best:
What you need to get started
- Bag of lentils
- Small spray bottle
- Small piece of paper towel
- Soak several handfuls of lentils in a bowl for 2 or 3 days. Make sure you change the water daily and remove any lentils that drift to the top.
- Place your lentils on a plate or dish of your choosing and cover them with a moist paper towel. (Pictured above)
- Over the next few days, spray some water on the paper towel, and check to see if the sprouts are growing.
- When they've grown half an inch, remove the paper towel and sprinkle water on the lentils a few times a day.
- Make sure you put the plate of lentil sprouts in a bright location. If they're able to get some sunlight every day, that's best, but make sure they're not in direct sunlight for too long.
Depending on the quality of your store-bought lentils, this process should take about a week or two.
As you can see from the photo above, I put mine on a fancy glass plate because I use it as a decorative piece in my kitchen (until my kids start munching on them).
If you're looking for something interesting to add to your parties, you should leave this plate on the food table. You'll spark your guests's curiosity and get them hooked! But be prepared for phone calls asking you how you made them!