Sprout Garden 3 Tray Sprouting Kit

The Sprout Garden is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets for growing broccoli sprouts. It’s compact, easy-to-use and efficient.

What I Like About the Sprout Garden:

What I Like and Don't Like About the Sprout Garden SprouterIts 3 stackable trays don’t take up much space on a kitchen counter. The design of this system allows seeds to stay moist during the growing phase while not being waterlogged.

Basically, this means that you can have fuller, healthier harvests without having to put up with problematic mold issues.

Another feature that I like about the Sprout Garden is that the trays are a dark color rather than transparent.

Seeds can develop into healthier plants when they initially start in a darker environment. This encourages the sprouts to struggle for light during their initial growth phase, which in turn creates stronger, larger sprouts.

People who use clear mason jars to sprout their greens sometimes try to place their containers in a dark pantry or space with limited light. However, the problem with this is that there is typically very little air flow, which can lead to mold issues. The Sprout Garden solves this potential problem.

1 Drawback to the Sprout Garden…

What I don’t like about this all-in-one kit is that it comes with alfalfa sprouts rather than broccoli sprouts. You are essentially paying for the alfalfa sprouts even if you don’t want them. Then you need to purchase broccoli sprouts separately.

That said, broccoli sprouts can be quite pungent (similar to radish), and many growers choose to combine them with other more mild varieties like alfalfa. This can be specially nice if you plan to use them for sprout salads.

Beginners Welcome!

Growing sprouts at home can be a great way to save money and have have fresh greens conveniently at your fingertips – but you can also grow a variety of seeds at once and essentially grow yourself a fresh salad! This video show you how to do it.

You actually don’t have to know anything about growing sprouts, plant types or be a professional gardener. There are very easy “microgreen starter kits” for those of us with brown thumbs who still want to enjoy the wonders of growing our own fresh food!

Compared to a smaller container, like a mason jar or the Sproutamo, the Sprout Garden has space to accommodate more plants. You can grow sprouts separately in the different trays, or you can grow a mix together in a single tray, such as a microgreen salad.

Another benefit to having multiple trays is that you can rotate trays for continuous growing. This way, you are never having to wait for your sprouts to finish growing, because you can always have a batch that is ready to eat. Once you get in the habit of growing your own sprouts and see how easy it is – you will probably really appreciate having multiple growing trays. Have fun!

Get the Handy Pantry stackable sprouting tray here


What Foods Contain Sulforaphane?

List of Sulforaphane-Containing Foods You Can Buy at Your Local Market –
and Why You Need to Chew Them Raw to Receive Maximum Health Benefits.

mollyThere are a variety of foods that contain sulforaphane. However, Desert Health News explains that “Sulforaphane doesn’t exist independently in plants; it must be created through a specific enzymatic process.”

This enzymatic process is activated only open damage to the plant (ie. chewing). Therefore, you must chew the foods that “contain” the sulforaphane in order for your body to actually receive its benefits.

As you’ll notice in the list below, these sulforaphane-containing foods typically need to be chewed. That said, over-cooking can destroy some if not all of the myrosinase, the enzyme required for the activation of sulforaphane.

The Natural Medicine Journal points out that a study was done where participants consumed broccoli sprouts and/or broccoli powder. The results showed that eating raw broccoli sprouts produced significantly more sulforaphane than did the broccoli powder.

This may be why broccoli sprouts are better known for containing this powerful cancer-fighter. I mean, who really cooks their sprouts? And I have yet to see someone swallow them whole without chewing them. =)

Another key point to keep in mind is that many of these vegetables below can be grown and consumed in sprout form. That means that, similar to broccoli sprouts and other types of sprouts, these greens can be grown from seed right on your kitchen countertop (many without soil even!).

Generally, these “microgreens” can be harvested in a couple of weeks. This is great news for those of us who want to enjoy fresh organic greens year-round without investing the time and effort in growing a seasonal vegetable garden.

What Foods Contain Sulforaphane

Brussels Sprouts: What Foods Contain Sulforaphane?

  • Kale
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Collard Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Mustard Greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Turnip
  • Bok Choy
  • Watercress
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Radish

Source: http://www.broccolisproutshop.com/nutrition/list-of-14-sulforaphane-foods/

So, we know that broccoli sprouts are nutritious and contain a good amount of sulforaphane that provides significant health benefits. However, did you know that we can triple the amount of sulforaphane in the sprouts before we eat them?

Dr Rhonda Patrick Explains How:


Raw Broccoli Health Benefits – What are They?

We all know that vegetables are healthy. We should be getting 7-10 servings of vegetables daily, especially green vegetables like broccoli.

Raw Broccoli Health Benefits - What are They?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.

Raw Broccoli VS Broccoli Sprouts:

In the video below, Dr Pedram Shojai and Dr Sara Gottfried, MD discuss the health benefits of broccoli and, more specifically, broccoli sprouts…