Backpacking Superfoods: Sprouts
Happy Equinox! Spring is upon us again, and with that brings thoughts of new beginnings, new growth, and sprouts! There is something very rewarding about growing your own food. Growing sprouts is a super easy way to grow food that is simple, portable, and really nutritious too. I have grown my own sprouts for a while now in a mason jar with a special lid on my kitchen counter. It is much more affordable to grow your own than to buy sprouts, and I think it is nice to control the growing methods and cleanliness. I really like broccoli sprouts and lentil sprouts, but there are so many different kinds to try. The seeds are found at health food stores and online or just from most ordinary dried lentils or beans. Sprouts are so nutritious and really liven up a meal. I love them!
I think a lot about eating healthy while traveling and hiking around the planet, so naturally sprouts have come into the picture because they are really small and lightweight but have so much nutrition. The first time I tried to grow sprouts while camping was during our trip to Kalalau on the Island of Kauai. It worked beautifully! We camped in the same spot for the week so I just re-used a clean snack container and poked a bunch of air holes in it.
We had lovely broccoli sprouts for a few days and it was amazing. We really enjoyed having fresh living green foods well into the latter part of our week. I will definitely be bringing seeds and beans to sprout on the John Muir Trail this summer too but this time I’m using a hemp bag tied to my backpack. Sprouts can really be grown anywhere, they are a perfect travel food, especially for backpacking in the wilderness!
All you have to do is soak seeds for 8-12 hours in water and then drain them. Then rinse and drain well 2-3 times per day until they sprout, which usually takes 2-3 days or so depending on the kind. It is so easy and fun! Aren’t they cute!?
Wishing you a peaceful transition into springtime, filled with light, adventures and green growing things.