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Can You Juice Sprouts?

I often get asked if you can juice sprouted seeds and if this is a good idea. The answer is most definitely YES!

Sprouts are a nutrient-rich, low-calorie food. Sprouted seeds are available in grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and health food stores.

Some people prefer to grow their own sprouts at home which can be a simple way to keep a supply of sprouts available. Juicing with sprouts is easy. Many people enjoy juicing with sprouts daily by making a sprout juice or adding sprouts to a favorite juice recipe.

The sprouted seeds for juicing include alfalfa, clover, mung beans, sunflower, radish and broccoli. Different sprouted seeds vary in taste so some experimentation may be required. Alfalfa and clover seeds produce sprouts with a milder flavor than broccoli seeds. The roots are juiced with the sprouts unless the root is thick or long. Then, many people like to remove the tougher, longer roots. Another common question is about juicing wheatgrass sprouts.  It’s perhaps more beneficial to juice the mature blades and not the wheatgrass sprouts themselves.

Sprouts have many nutrients including protein, zinc, cobalt, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Broccoli sprouts contain large quantities of cancer-fighting antioxidants as well as potassium and vitamins A, B, and C. Sprouts also contain vitamin K and phosphorous. Sprouts are beneficial for skin health and hair growth.

Growing sprouts can be done easily at home. A benefit of growing sprouts at home is that doing so is cheaper than buying sprouts, and the person can be sure no pesticides were used. Many types of sprouts are ready to eat in less than four days when started from seeds.

Sprouts range from white and very pale yellow to medium green hues. The more the sprouts are exposed to the sun, the darker they will be. Sprouts that acquire a brown tint should be discarded as they are past their prime. Sprouts will release a yellowish liquid in the container where they are kept if they are growing old.

Mature sprouts have sets of two leaves. Only mature sprouts should be juiced. Immature sprouts contain an amino acid that can aggravate some health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. To prepare sprouts for juicing, they should be rinsed with water. When juicing sprouts, they can be wrapped in a lettuce leaf to aid the juicing process and ensure the nutrients are extracted from the sprouts.

One recipe for sprout juice includes two cups of sprouts, one cup of celery, one inch of ginger root, a lemon, one cup of water, and a lime. The lemon and lime should be peeled and sliced. All the ingredients are added to the juicer to make this sprout juice.

Sprouts have many health benefits and are easy to add to vegetable juices while juicing. With the many advantages of juicing with sprouts, these tender, young vegetables are a favorite for making nutritious juice for the family.


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  • Reply Bill November 6, 2013 at 3:11 am

    I’ve looked into this a bit. The pieces are all out there and I wanted to put them together in a way that will work for me.

    I plan to sprout in soil. I’ll use trays of soil for this because I feel soil is a safer way to grow sprouts for someone like me, who may forget to rinse the sprouts. I’m sure others never have problems with this and grow safely enough. This should allow a large volume of sprouts to be grown per batch. One type of sprout per tray. Several trays going at once to get the work over with in one shot.

    Next, juice the entire batch or batches. Put excess juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Clearly mark each type of sprout-cube so you know which is which later, when you may want to mix and match flavors.

    Keep the juice cubes clearly marked.

    Next, put cubes into tomato juice, add cayenne pepper, allow cubes to melt, down the hatch. (I’m not a huge fan of the taste of green juice, so I’d prefer to use tomato juice as a carrier for the sprout juice. For others, they could just grab the cubes they want and let them melt, combining whatever different sprout flavors they want.)

    To me, this would reduce the hassle of having to grow sprouts and juice them every day. I’ve read that frozen juice is not as good as fresh. If you can stick with it every day to drink fresh juice, more power to you. Me, I will skip days if I have to run the juicer every day, so I’m going with frozen juice is better than no juice.

    That’s my plan to get super-juice into my system each day. I’ll juice fresh tomatoes and mature produce as the opportunity and finances allow, but the inexpensive, super nutritious sprouts will be the constant in these cocktails. I’ll probably drink more tomatoes than I can grow, so I’m sure I’ll have to purchase those throughout the year. Sprouts are cheap, though, so they should offset that cost.

    • Reply Denise November 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      I really appreciate your comments Bill. It’s always important to realize that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. If you can come up with a system that works for you then stick with it. I personally love to juice each and every day but I realize that this doesn’t work for everyone. Frozen juice is still very beneficial and probably more beneficial that most people think.

  • Reply Ken June 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks a lot for the information. My wife and I are just starting to juice vegetables and are wondering about sprouts. We grow our own sprouts at home, mostly beans and it makes it much cheaper to juice homegrown produce like you say. We will also try radish and broccoly as you recommend.

    Thanks

  • Reply Carmen July 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I am looking to use sprouts to supplement my protein needs. I cant find how much sprouts I would need to have x amount of protein a day. Can anyone help? I’ve tried organic brown rice protein its like drinking clay with juice. Made me feel sick. There have been many comments and have been told that pea protein is the same.

    • Reply Denise July 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      You should check out the Juicing With Spirulina Powder article. 3g (1 teaspoon) of Spirulina Pacifica powder provides 2g of protein. Personally I don’t even notice the taste of it anymore mixed in with my juice.

      Spirulina Pacifica Powder Nutrition Label

      • Reply Carmen July 10, 2015 at 11:21 pm

        Hi Denise,
        I am using Spirulina already. I am just on veg and fruit juice for the last 24days and intend going further but advised to add around 25g of protein a day. I guess that would be a lot of sprouts?..
        Not having much luck with the powders so they taste terrible.

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