View Full Version : Newbie- Do i HAVE to sprout stuff??
07-17-2008, 12:51 PM
I'm BRAND new... like used to eat kinda raw unintentionaly last summer cause i LOVE veggies but I'm now at the end of the master cleanse and want to go TOTALLY raw. DO i HAVE to sprout my own nuts and seeds to get all the benefits??
Frankly, this is kind of intimidating, but i really really wanna give it a go.
07-17-2008, 01:16 PM
No, you don't.
07-17-2008, 01:22 PM
I love to sprout alfalfa and other seeds, but you don't have to. It just adds to me more nutrients to my fresh salads. I do use the sprouting lids sold at health food store or online that screw onto the wide mouth jars as convenient, but stainless steel screen works too. I get my seeds locally as well for convenience. Best to you on this journey. Great group here.
07-18-2008, 01:15 AM
I've been raw on and off for a few years. During that time, I've avoided sprouting like the plague. I still avoid it. I hate doing it, so I don't.
Raw food should be easy.. or else it gets discouraging (unless you have much time and patience). I have a dehydrator, but hardly ever use it. Occasionally I use my food processor. But I do use my blender nearly everyday. I make a lot of green smoothies, "chocolate milkshakes" and raw vegetable soups.
Occasionally I'll soak some nuts, if I remember to do it.
I don't see the point of soaking for 12 hours, sprouting for a few days, making the recipe, and dehydrating for 36 hours. Way too much work. I like most of my food fresh, anyway. Just my opinion.
07-18-2008, 02:38 AM
When I first went raw (7+ years ago) I ate all of my nuts raw and organic and straight from their shells. I had never heard of soaking nuts to get rid of their enzyme inhibitors. Even though I did not soak, I lost weight and received wonderful health benefits from raw.
Now, though, that I do know and the raw lifestyle is much easier for me, I do soak all of my nuts and seeds and then dehydrate.
I am GLAD that I did not know about soaking at the beginning as raw was so time consuming as it was.
Just do the best you can!
07-23-2008, 02:06 PM
I just starting sprouting, and I have found it VERY easy.
1. Put grain/seed in bowl.
2. Cover completely with water and let sit for awhile (I don't measure this time at all, but usually about 4 hours, overnight, etc.)
3. Drain water and then try to keep moist by rinsing every once in awhile. (this is where I usually forget about them, and they will sprout anyway.)
My mom used to use canning jars to sprout. She would put a mesh (piece of material) over the top of the jar and screw it on with the lid. Then rinsing is really easy with the mesh top.
07-23-2008, 02:12 PM
No, you don't.
No, you don't HAVE to do anything, but soaking/sprouting the nuts removes their enzyme prohibitors and makes them easier to digest, thus allowing one's body to use IT's enzyme storage to heal.
08-03-2008, 02:01 PM
I love sprouted lentils on my salads and it is soooo quick to sprout them.. give it a try you will find it not so intimidating.
08-03-2008, 07:46 PM
I am so excited I can get sprout seeds from the buying club I just joined. I am getting 5 lbs of a mix of alfalfa, clover, radish, cabbage for $19. this will last a long time- but I plan on eating lots of sprouts each day..
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