Heres something that could change your life. Maybe extend it a little also.
Mung bean sprouts this time.
These little wonders are a gift from nature. They are packed with nutrients, very, very good for us and best of all, easy and cheap to prepare at home.
My sprouting guru is a wandering flautist named Yanny, he is in his late 70’s and fit as a fiddle. Yanny even sprouts on his travels in hotel rooms and in backpacks.
There are a few companies selling sprouts in the U.K. at inflated prices. They need not be a costly ‘health’ food. They can add an incredible range of flavours to salads.
Many prices in ‘health’ food shops are appalling, some necessary, but many seem to go against the ethos of the ‘good life’, where money (you would hope) plays a secondary role to living well and helping others.
We are fortunate to have many good people living around us, giving us inspiration and positive examples of methods and practices that are sustainable, meaning that we can move away from the mass food movement (Tesco’s et al) or prohibitive ‘Health Food’ Shops.
You don’t need to spend a small fortune to eat healthy. All you need are sprouts! Mung beans are the easiest, but once you get into it, there are so many avenues of sprouting joy.
So head to the hills, of your windowsill and start sprouting.
Mung beans (any variety works well, we used the green ones)
Acquire a receptical (see the evolution of the sprout), a spare plastic tray (recycled normally), a large water bottle with vents cut into it (be creative) or a proper sprouter. I was so lucky to pick up a sprouter from a charity shop for two quid! They should not be costly bought new.
The important thing is that the sprouts get air and are not in direct sunlight, they also need to be kept warm. Optimum conditions will result in a quicker sprout.
Soak the beans in filtered water for 24 hours, empty water and place in your sprouter. Keep them damp for the next 48 hours and then leave them dry (rinsing regularly if you can).
After a couple of days, they should start to sprout. Younger sprouts are sweeter and large sprouts have a fuller flavour. Experiment on which you prefer.
You won’t get them all to sprout, so try to sort out the hard un-sprouted beans. They can be a little crunchy and some hard as rocks. Beware.
It’s as easy as that. They keep well in the fridge. Once one batch is finished, get the other one started and you have a rolling harvest on your hands.
Put them on anything, of course salads are best. If you are feeling decadent, or need a serious boost, mix up an unadulterated sprout salad. ZING>
Mung beans are one of the most cherished foods in Ayurveda, full of vitamins, minerals and vital veggie protein. They are said to balance all three doshas (making you more stable and relaxed) and make absorption of nutrients easier. When sprouted, very high levels of Vitamin C become available (rising by 60%). Most importantly, Mung Beans contain a low quantity of the sugar molecule that make you fart!
It is simple, if you avoid speeding buses and eat more sprouts, you’ll live longer.
PS – Yanny is a wood sculptor, this video show the life of a true artist and dear soul: