Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cheaper Source of Protein


Do you want a frugal source of protein? Then legumes is your bet. Beans are well-known for being a good source of protein. But they're hard to digest in their cooked state, unless you take this one, simple step. What is it?

What is that step? Sprouting your lentils. I found lentils to very cheap at the grocery store. Granted, I just got the first bag I found—I have no way of confirming right now that they're organic. All I can say is that lentils are pretty cheap beans, and you get well over a hundred of them. It should be mentioned, though, that these beans are small. I'd say they around are half the size of a Skittle®.

Nonetheless, not only do they take 1-3 days to sprout, but the process is very simple! To illustrate, here is the step-by-step process that I have followed, based off of Cultures for Health's instructions...

  1. In this step, you will rinse and soak the beans overnight in a large glass jar.
    If you want a longer sprout, then think bigger jars...namely, for two cups of long-sprouted lentils(meant for sandwiches and such), you would use a colander or a gallon jar. Think smaller jar for shorter sprouts for the same number of lentils. You figure it out.
  2. In the morning or whatever, drain the water, thoroughly rinse the beans, and drain it again—and if you're using a colander, then rest the beans on it, draining excess liquid, and then putting a towel over the lentils to keep bugs out. Or if you are using a sprouting jar, use the screen that's included.
  3. Later in the day, you will repeat this step as needed. Two to three times per day is optimal, but in warmer weather, raise the number.
  4. NOTE: I have done things differently here. I would submerge the lentils in the jar, stir it around by shaking, then drain the water out through a sieve. Afterwards, I would put the beans back in the jar to dry out. If you like what you're hearing, try it out!
  5. For shroter sprouts, this process will take around three days. For longer sprouts, you will wait around five days.
  6. When you see your work and have seen godo for all that you've created, then rinse your lentils one last time and store them. Apparently, storage time is around a week.
Here are my thoughts on this: first, it seems that you do not have to follow these instructions to a "t". That said, I only slightly modified the method outlined in the source material, and said change is made known in the list above.

Sprouted lentils could be considered a cheap staple. I mean, really—it only cost me around a dollar to get a sizeable bag of these small but numerous and filling beans! Well, filling if you eat enough of them. There are many sources that would tell you why sprouting grains and legumes is a good move if you plan on eating them. Just to start you off, you're converting a legume into a vegetable of sorts, and your body digests it as such. Digesting a vegetable is easier than a fart-inducing bean, is it not?

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