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sprouting for spring.

by caroline

Something about warmer temperatures makes me feel all earthy inside. The windows are open in my house and I listen to the birds chirp as I work at my desk. Juicing somehow seems like less of a chore and more of a pleasure. And I just can’t seem to get enough of the wonderful things that wait outdoors, so I bring them inside instead.

I was organizing the kitchen the other day, when I came across my sprouting jar lid that I have had for quite some time, but never put to use.

“Today’s the day!” I thought, and I broke out the dried chickpeas and got to work.

Want to sprout your own seeds? All you need is a Mason jar and a piece of muslin (you can also use the toe end of a pair of clean pantyhose). Or you can use a sprouting jar lid like I did. Choose your seeds — I used chickpeas, but you can also try lentils, snow peas, azuki beans and more — and then get to sprouting!

For this example, I am using chickpeas, but the same rules will apply for the sprouting seeds of your choice.

You will need:

  • 24 oz. – 32 oz. Mason jar
  • Clean muslin or toe end of pantyhose (or you can use a sprouting jar lid, like this)
  • Rubber band (unless you are using a sprouting jar lid)
  • 1/2 cup dried chickpeas
  • 3 cups water

Add chickpeas and water to Mason jar and secure muslin over the jar opening with a rubber band. (Or twist on the sprouting jar lid.) Let the beans soak for 8-12 hours, or overnight.

Drain the water from the jar (keeping muslin or sprouting lid on), then rinse the seeds with cold water and drain again. Place on a warm windowsill, but nor in direct sunlight. Repeat that process twice a day for 5-6 days.

After about 3 days, you will you begin to see the seeds sprouting. (Woo hoo!) Keep with your process until you reach about 6 days, then rinse and drain for a final time. Leave the jar uncovered for about eight hours, so that the sprouts can dry.

Voila! You have chickpea sprouts. Toss on a salad or add them to a yummy gluten-free wrap:

Pretty cool, huh?

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As for an Abs Challenge update, here are two of the workouts I have done during days 12 through 19 (today):

Get your sweat on!