Can you tell me more about sprouting the seeds? I am going to get a dehydrator for my bday – do you just sprout then eat that way for a snack – or do you add them to things? Do you sprout more than sunflower seeds?
Unfortunately, I am still in the learning process as far as sprouting goes. When it comes to grains, I am a soaking girl rather than a sprouting one! (Learn about soaking here).
Sprouting takes up to a week of time, multiple rinsing, the purchase of a dehydrator (although some have used the oven at the lowest setting successfully), etc. whereas soaking is just combining some of the ingredients in advance and letting it sit for 12-24 hours. My research has led me to conclude that sprouting and soaking produce much the same benefit of breaking down the phytates in the grain, although sprouting does produce vitamin C, which as I understand is the only benefit above soaking.
I have only been sprouting seeds so far, and that has been limited to sunflower seeds. They only take two days, and are such a good nutritional booster to our food, that I love using them. I add them to everything including: ground in oatmeal, tossed with salad, ground in bread, and other baked goods, etc. I will continue to be exploring with other seeds in the future, including pumpkin, and sesame seeds.
Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home wrote a post on sprouting recently. Check it out here. She recommends Rejuvenate Your Life and Living on Live Foods as books that gave her info on sprouting.
Sue Gregg on Sprouted Grains -This is an excellent article/overview on sprouting grains. I love Sue Gregg’s easy explanation and providing you with a bread recipe to get you started
Sprouting: A Brief Overview – not brief at all, but very thorough explanation. This would be the place that addresses this topic most clearly!