2016 Cultivating Gratitude: Cultivating Sprouts

sprouts 2    It’s cold and flu season.  I know because there is coughing and sneezing just across the room from me.  So far I haven’t caught it and for that I’m grateful.  My husband came home the other day with the “respiratory virus” that everyone is getting.  We had our flu shots.  We take our vitamins and wash our hands frequently.  But we’re not immune.

My plan for defense this year is dense nutrients.  I’m upping the game with nutrition.  Lots of fruits and veggies.  I realized I had a package of sprouting seeds in the cabinet that I forgot.   I pulled them out and grew my own sprouts. The package I bought is a mix of clover and radish along with alfalfa.  They are crunchy and great on sandwiches and in salads.  The great part about a young sprout is they are full of nutrients and good for your immune system.  You can buy a sprouting device along with seeds in a health food store or grow them in a glass jar with a nylon hose on the end to filter and rinse.

sprouts 1    Put a couple tablespoons of seeds in a jar and soak them over night.  Place the nylon hose over the top and pour off the water.  Re-rinse them every morning as they grow until the sprouts have filled the jar – about four days.  Then place them in the refrigerator to keep them cold and prevent spoilage.  Be sure to carefully wash the jar and hose between germinations to kill bacteria.    sprouts3

I may still get the virus my husband is lugging around but I’m not going down without a fight.  Dense nutrients can’t hurt and may just help. I’m grateful for sprouts.

What are you doing to prevent viruses this year?

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About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, three-time published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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