In the last few weeks I’ve stepped up my health game. I didn’t add anything that cost a lot of money, but I’ve added a few small things that I think will have bang for the buck, that is, fermenting and sprouting.
I started with purchasing a sprouter on Amazon and today I ‘harvested’ my first crop….alfalfa sprouts. I added them to a black bean relish I already had in the refrigerator (black beans, corn, celery, tomatoes, onions, bochoy, a little lime and a bit of olive oil and dash of salt…much was leftover from the days juicing) and it was good. They didn’t really add much to the relish but they didn’t take anything away either and since they are chalk full of nutrients it appears I’ll be able to incorporate them easily into my diet.
When I bought my sprouter (Frontier National products -Easy Sprout Sprouter by Sproutamo bought on Amazon for $14.35) I also bought a sample package of seeds from Sprout House Organic Sprouting Seeds for $19,55. I wasn’t sure which sprouts I wanted to buy so this way I get to try several. Alfalfa was my first try and the sprouts came out great. Once I removed the alfalfa from the sprouter I immediately started the broccoli sprouts to soak so we’ll see how they do.
The thing about eating sprouts is that they are so nutritious (don’t take my word for it, google it) that it’s a super simple way to add extra nutrition to your diet. You can put them on sandwiches, into a juice, on a salad etc. With two of my daughters also eating them we might go through the alfalfa sprouts before the broccoli sprouts are ready to harvest!
Growing the sprouts was super easy, though you have to remember to rinse them a couple of times throughout the day. But as I watched them grow it reminded me of the parable, ‘The Sower and the Seed’. In the parable Jesus explains that when you sow seeds the seeds can fall on the path, in which case the birds take them. Or they can fall on the rocky road, in which case they grow quickly but when things get tough, like a hot day, they don’t have deep roots so they die, or they can fall among the thorns and weeds, in which case they can start to grow but eventually get choked out by all the weeds, or finally they can grow on fertile soil and grow and produce 30, 60 or 100 fold.
I never saw the relevance to the parable until recently. For instance my siblings have talked to me about the Bible for years but it fell on deaf ears/the hard path. I didn’t listen. They didn’t give up, through conversations and example they kept sowing and suddenly, (sounds weird but it really was suddenly), I was ready to listen…the ground was fertile. Or look at your kids. I can tell my daughters about eating healthy, exercising, reading the Bible etc, but it’s not falling on fertile ground…at least not all of it. We can’t control how our message is received, all we can do is keep sowing the seeds. When the time’s right it will hit fertile ground.l