Eating your greens is an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dark leafy greens provide your body with important nutrients such as vitamins C and K, as well as a host of minerals including phosphorous, iron, and even calcium. Getting your daily dose of greens also helps to minimize your risk for osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
One awesome way to up your greens intake is to enjoy fresh sprouts on your favorite meals each day. Whether in a sandwich, on a salad, or sprinkled on soup and casserole, there is room for fresh sprouts in just about any meal you can think of. Sprouting seeds of your favorite veggies makes their nutrients, enzymes, and proteins more readily available for your body to absorb.
You can sprout a myriad of different types of seeds including alfalfa, broccoli, cabbage, mung bean, and radish. You can even sprout legumes like chickpeas, lentils, and beans! Sprouting is extremely cost effective, and super easy to do too. Here are five fantastic sprouters you can use to get the job done:
1. Tribest “A Freshlife” Automatic Sprouter
The Freshlife automatic sprouter by Tribest makes it easy to grow sprouts all year long without much work on your part. Once you fill the sprouter with water, put your seeds in, and plug the system into an outlet, your fresh sprouts should be ready within a week. The automatic watering system ensures that your sprouts get plenty of hydration throughout the day, so all you have to do is check on them periodically to make sure that they are draining and growing as planned.
The powerful motor and adjustable water pressure system provides optimal performance whether you are sprouting small alfalfa seeds or large mung beans. You can sprout up to three barrels at a time, mixing and matching the types of seeds you want to sprout at any given time. And with no soil needed, you can count on successful growth even without a green thumb.
2. Victorio 4-Tray Kitchen Sprouter
Featuring four round trays, the Victorio kitchen sprouter works with any type of seed and is small enough to fit into a tight corner on the kitchen counter or in a small cupboard. The sprouting trays stack on top of a white water catchment container – all you have to do is pour a little water over the top tray and then it works its way down each tray to provide hydration to your seeds.
Any leftover water drains right into the catchment container so you can easily pour it out. If you need more space for sprouting, you can purchase additional trays and stack up to eight at a time over the water catchment container. A plastic lid comes with the system too, so you can conveniently cover your ready sprouts for storage in the fridge until you are ready to use them.
3. Easy Sprout Sprouter
This nifty little sprouter looks like a coffee cup on the go and doesn’t take up much more space than that either. The Easy Sprout features a convection action that ensures proper ventilation and controls humidity no matter what the weather is like. This results in less need to rinse your seeds throughout the day, if you even need to at all.
The system actually uses the heat of your growing sprouts to create an optimal growing atmosphere that will give you huge sprouts and lush greens to enjoy any time of the year. This sprouter’s build is light, but it is extremely durable which makes it a great choice if you like to sprout while you are traveling. At just seven inches tall, it fits easily under your cupboard and takes minimal space on your counter.
4. Handy Pantry Stackable Sprout Garden
The Handy Pantry stackable sprouter was made specifically for the countertop includes 4 trays for soaking and sprouting your seeds. With a lifetime warranty, you’ll never have to worry about being without a sprouter when you need it the most. With this system, you just soak your seeds overnight, put them in the sprouter, and then rinse the seeds once or twice a day, and your sprouts will be ready to harvest in about four days.
The small green base of this sprouter is handsome enough to keep out with your other appliances, and it can be put in the dishwasher with all of your dishes and silverware. The kit comes with a starter pack of organic alfalfa seeds so you can get busy growing your own food right away. Using all three of the included stackable trays allows you to grow a whopping four pounds of food every few days!
5. The Biosta Sprouter
If you’re an upscale sprouter that fits in with your modern décor, this is the sprouter for you. The Biosta sprouter boasts a clear green color and small cylindrical design that sits beautifully next to a vase of flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit. There isn’t a need to rinse your seeds when using this sprouter, which makes for truly hands-off “farming” right in the comfort of your kitchen.
The sprouting system is easy to transport and can be carried with just one hand when you need to move it from place to place in your kitchen. Once your sprouts are ready, put the plastic lid on the top tray and store them in your fridge. Consider pouring the drain water from your sprouts onto your houseplants to provide them with extra nutrients and minerals!
If you’ve ever tried sprouting your own foods and have a favorite, let us know. Also be sure to check out our tips on sprouting foods if you need some help.
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