When you hear the term “sprouted” the image of small green “sprouts” probably comes to mind. While this is partially true, you can actually buy a variety of nuts and seeds that look just like nuts and seeds, yet they have something very special and powerful within them.
If a plant is allowed to sprout before it’s harvested, a few different nutritious things take place.
First off, that sprouted seed is actually lower on the glycemic index than its counterpart that was not allowed to sprout. How does this work? When seeds are allowed to sprout, they use a large amount of stored glucose — also known as sugar — as an energy source in order to make that whole “sprouting” happen. This means that the end product has utilized its glucose reserves leaving that seed, nut, or grain with a lower glucose content.
Secondly, sprouted foods pack more of a punch when it comes to nutrient density. The naturally occurring sprouting process allows the hard shell of the seed to break open, releasing and retaining more protein, healthy fat, and minerals. In the end, your sprouted seed has a higher nutritional value than the seed that hasn’t been allowed to sprout.
Lastly, sprouted foods are generally easier on our digestive system, which is great news for those of us that usually have a hard time eating processed grains and gluten. This is not to say that sprouted grains are gluten-free, but this does mean that if you just can’t live without gluten, going sprouted may help with your digestive discomfort a bit. It all comes down to the shell, that I mentioned. When a seed is harvested before it sprouts, the shell remains intact, which is difficult for our digestive system. Alas, once that seed has sprouted, the shell will crack and be discarded and your digestive system will thank you!
Want to try what many refer to as “living food”?
Luckily, there are tons of options to choose from! You can find sprouted beans, lentils, grains, pseudo grains, and even nuts. Yet, if you’re just starting out on your sprouted journey, it’s a good idea to start small and work your way up. Here are some vegan-friendly sprouted seed products available on Amazon to get you started!
These Living Intentions Activated Sprouted Seeds offer not only a sprouted product but also an activated product! An activated nut or seed refers to a process of soaking, which “stimulates the early germination and sprouting process within the nut, seed, legume or grain.” Living Intentions promises their activated and sprouted seed mix to be vegan-friendly, USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free! This mix includes sprouted sunflower seeds coated with superfood spirulina, spinach, and chlorella. An 8-ounce bag costs $5.18.
Yy says “It’s a better sprouted nuts mix than others. very fresh and tasty. but check ingredients if you’re sensitive to garlic & onion.”
Pumpkin seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of healthy fats! These Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds offer not only a delicious treat that can be sprinkled atop salads, yogurt, or mixed into granola and cereal, but they are also organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly! Go Raw promises their product to be sprouted for that extra nutrient-dense and low glycemic profile, but they use only two simple ingredients of seeds and sea salt. A 2-pack order of 16-ounce bags costs $24.32.
Gregory Bailey says “My 18 month old loves to snack on these and I put them on my husband’s salad and didn’t know if he would like them but I gave it a shot and even though he only eats salads for my benefit…he loved them! He prefers steak but not sure if these would be good on steak. :) I’ll try almost anything once. These are really good and good for you.”
This Self Balancing Food Organic Sprouted and Roasted Sesame Seeds are a healthier and more nutrient-dense option to your standard sesame seeds! They are a great source of protein with anti-cancerous properties that help reduce cholesterol levels, maintain, oral health, and promote healthy bones! Self Balancing Food promises the highest quality product offering more bioavailability via the sprouting process. These sprouted sesame seeds are vegan-friendly and USDA certified organic! Perfect for adding to salads, soups, cereals, and smoothies. A 4-ounce bag costs $5.00.
elannaman says “These sesame seeds are delicious! And they have such a satisfying crunch factor that I was not expecting! I’ve used them on salads, stir fry dishes, and I have a feeling they would be oh so tasty on vanilla ice cream. I will be reordering when I run out.”
This Blue Bike Sprouted Snacks Savory Seed & Nut Mix is one of the only brands to offer such a unique mixture of sprouted millet, pumpkin, sunflower, oats, cashews, and almonds! This blend of sprouted seeds and nuts is a great source of protein and healthy fat offering an easy to digest, nutrient-dense energy boost to your day. Blue Bike promises their product to be non-GMO project verified, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly. A 5-ounce bag costs $7.34.
Evan K. says “It’s tough to put down! I love the hint of coconut and cinnamon mixed in with the dark chocolate. This is a great snack, especially for keeping in my desk at work. A delicious way to hold off my appetite before lunch and the healthy ingredients don’t give me a guilt trip for sneaking an extra handful.”
truRoots is one of the most trusted brands for high-quality sprouted food items. This truRoots Organic Sprouted Quinoa is a unique take on this traditional seed pseudocereal! This quinoa offers more nutrient-dense content due to the sprouting process. truRoots promises their quinoa product to be vegan-friendly, pre-washed, USDA certified organic, non-GMO project verified, and certified gluten-free. A 12-ounce pack of 6 bags costs $36.97.
lola says “I love this Quinoa, much better than their un-sprouted quinoa. Easier to digest, had no stomach problems like I usually do with quinoa. Quinoa has a coating that I can not tolerate, even with a lot of rinsing, but this version is clean. Very fluffy & tastes great.”
This Sprout Revolution Nutrasprout Premium Organic Sprouted Ground Flax packs a powerful dietary fiber and nutrient-dense punch! Sprouted flaxseed offers a more bioavailable version of this plant-based omega-3 fatty acid rich ingredient. Sprout Revolution NutraSprout offers this USDA certified organic, kosher certified, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly flaxseed concoction in a powder form making it easier to incorporate in baking recipes, smoothies, and your favorite protein shake! A pack of two 16-ounce bags costs $28.28.
Szxvp says “I love this stuff! I always keep it on hand, and store it in the freezer to keep it at it’s freshest, since it is already ground and not the whole flax seed (which your body can’t digest). From research I’ve learned that sprouted grains are more bio-available, plus being gluten-free, I use the ground flaxseed to partly replace some other flours in baking, plus I always throw some in my smoothies, and I also sprinkle some on fruit salads, in yogurt, oatmeal, etc.”
This Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder is the perfect blend of nutrient-dense, rich dietary fiber, and the perfect protein profile! This powder is also a great source of calcium, iron, omega fatty acids, and essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Due to their sprouted design, this powder is also easier to digest and offers a better rate of absorption! An 8-ounce bag costs $9.73.
jinxie the cat says “I was so pleased to find flax and chia together in one bag! They are more nutritious because they are sprouted, and I love that they are organic.”
These Pure Living Organic Sprouted Chia Seeds are perfect for your favorite chia pudding recipe or vegan baked good treat! These organic sprouted chia seeds are non-GMO, kosher certified, and gluten-free. Since these chia seeds were harvested after they were sprouted, they offer more bioavailability and better absorption which leads to increased energy and more robust nourishment. An 8-ounce bag costs $10.18.
MMK says “As advertised. Will buy again!”
Yet another Go Raw sprouted seed product! These Go Raw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins E and B6, and minerals including selenium, magnesium, and copper. This product is vegan-friendly, kosher, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and uses only two ingredients of sprouted sunflower seeds and sea salt. Go Raw promises a minimally processed product — never roasted or fried — that is a great go-to snack or nutrient-dense addition to your favorite smoothie, salad, or soup! A 1-pound bag costs $14.99.
Buyers from California says “CLEAN, Sprouted and easy to use in everything!! Like that it’s sprouted and organic. The price compares very close to what we’ve paid in health food stores, but, so nice to have it delivered to our door! Good product and highly recommend.”
These Food to Live Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds are vegan-friendly, USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and kosher! Food to Live promises their product to be free of contaminants and rich in vitamin E and zinc. These seeds are not roasted or fried, but naturally dried using the most favorable temperatures. This organic treat can be sprinkled atop salads and yogurt, added to smoothies and shakes, or even mixed in with your favorite granola or cereal. One pouch costs $11.99.
Amazon Customer says “I bought these seeds before they jacked up the price and I loved them! I have been told that eating sprouted nuts/seeds is easier on your digestion so I immediately tried these out. Truly, if the price had stayed the same I would be purchasing them again!”
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