Did you know you can sprout Chick Peas?
Well you can and they are good for you too!
I would not give sprouted to chick peas to a child unless they can chew very well. I find they are not as soft as cooked chickpeas so a child really needs to be able to chew to break them down! Issy can chew them easily now she has her back molars, and for adults eat away!
Why Sprout? Well sprouting beans unlocks some of the available nutrients so your body can better use them. Important nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and copper are all better available to nourish your body after sprouting because the phytic acid is neutralized.
Chickpeas are part of the legume super food family.
- They are a valuable source of nutrients such as; protein, fibre and iron.
- Protein is important for muscle growth and repair.
- Fibre can help to lower blood cholesterol levels and control blood glucose levels in diabetics. Fibre is also needed for a healthy gut.
- Iron is needed to carry oxygen around the body; it is vital for good health and peak performance.
Another added bonus is that chickpeas are low in fat. Try to include some in your meals this week.
How to Sprout Chick Peas
- Rinse 1/2 to 1 cup of chickpeas, then cover with water and let soak for 24 hours ( I often place a tea towel on top of the container.
- Place chick peas in a sprouting bag and rinse. We usually hang ours over the kitchen sink
- Rinse and drain the chickpeas 2- 3 times a day.
- You will know your chickpeas are ready the tails should be about 1/4 inch long.
- Rinse and drain once more, and allow sprouted chickpeas to air dry.
- To store, place then in a container or plastic bag and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
- And Enjoy!