Let’s Sprout Some Mung Beans!

Hey there team!

We are all in the midst of crazy times at the moment!  Many of us are stuck at home most, if not all, of the time. So, let’s take advantage of that and try something new!

Sprouting mung beans is really easy and fun, and you have great results in just a few days. When any bean is sprouting, it is getting ready to grow into a large plant. It means that it is activating all of its resources to be as powerful as possible to grow. We can take advantage of that by eating the bean as a sprout, getting the highest protein and nutrient content from the bean. Read more about the protein  and nutritional increase of sprouting here.

Sprouting also breaks down phytic acid, and trypsin (aka anti-nutritional factors) in the beans, making it much easier for us to digest. The same thing happens when you soak beans and lentils before cooking them. You can read more about that here. 

All you need is some organic mung beans. Rinse them once or twice, then put them in water over night. For the following days just rinse them once in the morning and once in the evening, staying covered under a towel. We want to simulate them being under ground and not getting any sun. Et voila! In about 3 days you have yummy sprouts that you can eat raw or lightly cook. They will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks as well.

So why don’t you tag along and do it with me?! If you have kids this is a great project to make them interested in plants and food. We start today! Follow me on Instagram Story @tigersportsnat, or on Facebook Story.

Let’s get sprouting! 😉

 

P.S. If you want some inspiration for cooking plant based meals, do check out The Game Changers on Netflix. Especially check it out if you are wondering about calcium and protein intake while on a plant based diet! So worth your time.

 

 


Sprouting characteristics and associated changes in nutritional composition of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) [WWW Document], n.d. URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4573095/ (accessed 3.19.20).

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