Today we thought we would share something healthy and at the same time a fun educational activity that you can do with your children. We are a big supporter of innovative salads so why not add some chickpea sprouts to your salad.
Sprouting chickpeas, (or any bean, grain, seed, and/or nut) is a great idea. Legumes and grains have anti-nutrients inside of them which help protect them in nature but also make them difficult to digest. Therefore the process of sprouting neutralizes these anti-nutrients and at the same time unleashes various Vitamins and minerals that have been stored inside the kernel.
The great thing is that you can sprout chickpeas any time of year from the comfort of your own home. Plus the process is super simple.
Ready to give this a try? Let’s get started!
- Step 1: Take some dry chickpeas rinse in warm water.
- Step 2: Put the chickpeas in a jar and fill with water. make sure the water level is about 5 -7 cm above the chickpeas. place a cheese cloth over the jar and fasten with a rubber band
- Step 3: place the jar in a dark place for 24 hours.
- Step 4: Take the chickpeas and drain the water and give them a good rinse. Put the moist chickpeas back in the jar and cover again with cheesecloth. Note: Don’t cover them with water otherwise they won’t sprout.
- Step 5: place in dark corner and repeat this process 2 times per day until the chickpeas sprout. This will usually take about 2 -3 days.
So there you have it, a cool science experiment for the kids that is super health to eat. Chickpeas are a great source of protein and works well with an assortment of nuts and fruits to make some amazing salads. Hope you enjoyed this and don’t forget to share.