“Mom!!” screamed Zoie.
“Yes?” Kim said, not alarmed at all because screaming is a normal occurence.
“There are worms all over the lentils! Arrrrrrgghhhrr!!”
Well of course I had to look. And lo and behold, every single one of the lentils in various bowls on my counter each had a little white tail. My lentils had sprouted. This was surprising to me because I was not attempting to sprout the lentils. I had just left soaked, drained and rinsed lentils on the counter all day. I guess sprouting is all about procrastination? I could get into this!
Sprouting is one thing I thought I’d never do. I have never thought of myself as an ‘earth mother’ type. Also, the word sprouting always made me think about those awful alfalfa sprouts that we used to eat in the 1980’s.
Sprouting beans or legumes is really a different story, though! Once I read about sprouting in Nourishing Traditions I was sold. I’m already eating lentils anyway, why not sprout them first?
Here are the benefits of sprouting:
- Sprouting neutralizes phytic acid, which if present will not allow as much calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc to be absorbed during digestion
- It also increases the amount of B vitamins and carotene
- Vitamin C is created in the process of sprouting
- complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas are broken down
- Sprouting also inactivates aflatoxins, which are potent carcinogens found in grains
- During sprouting additional enzymes are produced during the germination process that help digestion
Rating: 3 forks (key) hubby will not eat lentils
Page in NT: 115
1 cup dried lentils
1 quart mason jar with the screw top, but either no lid or with a circle of screen so that air can get through (can poke holes in the lid)
Rinse lentils and pick out any small stones or floaters. Drain, put in the mason jar, put on screw top and lid with holes or screening. Set the mason jar on its side. Rinse lentils a couple times per day (this is where the screen is good). Sprout the lentils for 2-3 days until the sprouts are about 1/4 inch long. Steam or cook lightly, or use in lentil recipes such as Teriyaki Lentils.PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.