Whether you want to learn how to grow broccoli sprouts or you want to buy the extract or seed oil to enhance your health – we can help!
Growing Broccoli Sprouts
Not sure how to sprout seeds? Don’t worry! Growing sprouts at home is surprisingly not difficult. It can even be a fun project for kids! You just need the right sprouting equipment and seeds that will germinate, and you can get everything you need for between $30 – $50.
We show you how!
According to Sprouts: the Miracle Food by Steve Meyerowitz, for between $50 and $100 you can get all the supplies and seeds you need to produce hundreds of pounds of food. That breaks down to pennies per pound. That’s a pretty good price if you ask me.
Not sure what to do with your 5-day-old sulforaphane-rich sprouts?
Check out recipe ideas here.
I Don’t Want to Learn How to Grow Sprouts!
No problem! I hear you. Sometimes you just want all the benefits without having to do the work. You’re doing enough work just coming to this website. 😉
But did you know that there’s broccoli seed oil too? You can take advantage of the sulforaphane in young broccoli in oil form that you can add to your skin lotions, shampoo, conditioner and more. It’s pretty cool.
I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me babble all day, which I can definitely do. You’re busy, and you’ve got shopping to do.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to babble more. I’ll just be hanging out by the sprouter.
We all know that vegetables are healthy. We should be getting 7-10 servings of vegetables daily, especially green vegetables like broccoli.
But what is so great about broccoli? What exactly are the raw broccoli health benefits? Is it worth going out of our way to eat broccoli?
The answer is yes.
Vitamins in Broccoli:
According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, broccoli is highest in Vitamin K (245% RDA), Vitamin C (135% RDA), Chromium 53% RDA) and Folate (42% RDA). At only 55 calories for a 1 cup serving, this is a highly nutrient-dense vegetable.
Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory & Digestive Support Properties:
Broccoli has numerous health benefits. It acts as an anti-inflammatory. One of the ways that broccoli does this is through a flavonol called kaempferol. It lowers the risk of chronic inflammation by decreasing allergic reactions in our digestive tract.
In addition to flavonoids, broccoli contains the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. These give broccoli its antioxidant features.
This nutrient-dense vegetable also offers digestive support, both with its high fiber content and the phytonutrients “glucosinolates”, which help to protect the stomach lining.
Combine broccoli’s (1) anti-inflammatory properties (2)antioxidant qualities and (3) detoxification characteristics, and you’ve got a potent cancer prevention food. In fact, Studies show that only 1/2 cup of broccoli per day is enough to show substantial health benefits in regards to cancer prevention.
Health Benefits of Raw Broccoli VS Cooked Broccoli?
According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, raw broccoli provides significantly more of its beneficial nutrients than eating it cooked. Specifically, people who consumed raw broccoli absorbed sulforaphane faster and in higher amounts than people who consumed the vegetable in cooked form.
If you choose to cook the vegetable, however, know that steaming, microwaving and stir-frying is much better than boiling. You will preserve more of the nutrients when you cook broccoli for less time and in lower temperatures.
Broccoli Florets or Stalks – Which Contains More Nutrients?
University of California Berkeley Wellness states that both the florets and stalk of the vegetable are nutritious. They deliver the same amounts of vitamins. However, the florets contain more of the phytochemicals (beta carotene) and carotenoids (sulforaphane), while the stalks contain more fiber.
By the way, the soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol in the body. It does this by binding with cholesterol in blood, which makes the cholesterol easier to excrete from the body.
In addition to providing lots of health benefits and nutrition, it’s worth mentioning that broccoli can aid in weight loss. Combine its high fiber content with its low number of calories, and you’ve got a very satiated food that won’t make you fat.
Growing broccoli sprouts is fairly easy. However, if you are planning on sprouting greens on a daily basis, you may prefer an automatic sprouter. It simply takes the work out of the process.
These cool gadgets water your plants for you and keep them at the proper moisture for optimal growth. Now, you don’t have to continually rinse them. Plus, your broccoli sprouts will probably grow bigger and greener – without extra effort from you.
This Sprouter is Affordable
The Tribest Freshlife 3000 is a really cool automatic sprouter that is much more affordable than other systems. One of the downsides of these electric appliances is that they can get expensive, many over $200.
Although they may be worth it to the lifetime grower, it’s still nice to save a few bucks and get a machine that essentially does the same thing.
You Can Grow Lots of Different Sprouts at One Time
Another feature that I like about the Freshlife 3000 is that you can grow up to 3 levels of sprouts at one time. Of course, this lets you grow more at one time, but it also allows you to grow different types of sprouts in each tray.
I like buying seed mixes because they are much better for making salads where you want a variety of flavors and textures. Growing sprouts in different trays enables you to either combine the greens or use them separately.
That said, each try contains 4 different sections, so you can actually grow 4 different greens in a single tray! This video shows how to do it:
Automatic Watering is Less Work & Grows More Sprouts
The automatic watering system also has adjustable water pressure. Therefore, you can change the amount of water your plants receive depending on what you are growing. It is a nice feature to promote optimal growth.
In addition, this machine has a detachable power cord. This lets you hand water your sprouts if you want. Plus, if you don’t have a power outlet available, you can still use the sprouter. So versatile!
How to Live Healthier with Less Cost and Less Effort…
Like other sprouters, no soil is required for growing. You don’t need chemicals or special lighting either. This home-growing system translates to less work and less mess for the home gardener who wants to wants to grow his or her own organic greens.
Since I’ve started growing sprouts at home, I find it much easier (and way cheaper!) to eat organically everyday. Seriously! Plus, using a wide variety of greens provides a larger number of nutrients.
I use the sprouts as the base to my salads instead of lettuce, and then I throw other veges, nuts and seeds on top. Sometimes I add organic hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken or wild caught fish on top.
Grow Wheatgrass Too?
Did you know that you can even grow wheatgrass in the Freshlife 3000? You can. If you want make your own wheatgrass juice AND grow organic sprouts, this machine can do it all (except for the juicing).
Here is a short 4-minute video with Steve Meyerowitz, the “Sproutman”. He gives an overview of the Freshlife 3000 Automatic Sprouter.
The sprouts that you grow in your Freshlife 3000 are up to you. However, the Sproutman has some favorites. He recommends buckwheat lettuce, baby sunflower, garlic chives, pea shoots, quinoa, cabbage, broccoli, turnip, kale, radish, clover, fenugreek and alfalfa.
For a longer, more detailed interview and description of how the product works, check out this video:
Freshlife 3000 Automatic Sprouter Specs:
Power: 15 Watt Motor, 120V
Weight: 8.2 lbs
Dimensions: 10″ wide x 10″ deep x 14.5″ tall
Detachable power cord
Unit includes 1 barrel, Tribest sells additional barrels separately.