Discover How to Grow Your Own Source of Vitamins, Fiber, Proteins and More

Written by Emily Clark

Sprouts not only taste good, but they are also a great source of vitamins, fiber, protein, anti-oxidants, and enzymes. A sprout is produced when a seed starts growing into a vegetable. Sprouts can grow fromrepparttar seeds of vegetables, from grains such as buckwheat, and from beans. While Mung beans are perhapsrepparttar 144567 most common source of sprouts, you can also obtain good results from lentils, soybeans and chickpeas just to name a few.

Sprouts can be grown almost anywhere andrepparttar 144568 best part is you only need a few basic supplies to get started. By following a few simple steps, you can receive a continual supply of nutritious sprouts.

While there are several commercial products available to cultivate sprouts, here are three ofrepparttar 144569 easiest methods to help you get started.

- Growing Sprouts in Flower Pots -

1. Start with a clean clay or plastic flower pot. Make sure there is a hole inrepparttar 144570 bottom ofrepparttar 144571 pot to ensure good drainage. Then place a piece of cheesecloth or muslin inrepparttar 144572 bottom ofrepparttar 144573 pot overrepparttar 144574 hole so thatrepparttar 144575 seeds/beans cannot fall out.

2. Next, soakrepparttar 144576 seeds or beans overnight and then put them inrepparttar 144577 pot. Remove any that are broken or damaged. Coverrepparttar 144578 plant pot with a dish.

3. Once a day, holdrepparttar 144579 pot under running water for a few minutes. This is to soakrepparttar 144580 seeds/beans thoroughly.

4. Oncerepparttar 144581 sprouts begin to show, removerepparttar 144582 dish and coverrepparttar 144583 pot with a piece of clear plastic wrap to let inrepparttar 144584 light. Placerepparttar 144585 sprouting pot near a window that allows daylight but is not in direct sunlight.

- Growingrepparttar 144586 Sprouts in Trays -

1. Soakrepparttar 144587 seeds or beans overnight. Remove any that are broken or damaged before you beginrepparttar 144588 sprouting process.

2. Select a low, flat dish (like a pie plate) or tray. You can purchase growing trays wherever planting supplies are sold.

3. Next, spread out a 2-inch layer of soil and then sprinklerepparttar 144589 soaked seeds or beans on top ofrepparttar 144590 soil.

4. Coverrepparttar 144591 seeds/beans with four layers of damp newspaper.

5. Coverrepparttar 144592 top ofrepparttar 144593 tray with clear plastic wrap.

6. Whenrepparttar 144594 sprouts start to liftrepparttar 144595 plastic cover, (usually about three days) removerepparttar 144596 newspaper.

7. Placerepparttar 144597 tray in a window so thatrepparttar 144598 light can turnrepparttar 144599 sprouts green. You will need a space to placerepparttar 144600 sprouting tray that receives daylight but is not in direct sunlight.

8. Becauserepparttar 144601 thin layer of soil dries out quickly, water twice each day.

9. After about 8-10 days, you will have sprouts tall enough to harvest.

- Growing Sprouts in a Jar -

1. Soakrepparttar 144602 seeds, grains, or beans in lukewarm water overnight in a wide-mouth glass jar. Remove any that are broken or damaged before you beginrepparttar 144603 sprouting process. (Sprouting increasesrepparttar 144604 seed volume. 4-tablespoons will be sufficient for a quart size container.)

2. Inrepparttar 144605 morning, pour offrepparttar 144606 water inrepparttar 144607 jar and rinserepparttar 144608 seeds/beans thoroughly.

3. Place a piece of cheesecloth or muslin overrepparttar 144609 mouth ofrepparttar 144610 jar. Use a rubber band to holdrepparttar 144611 material securely in place. This makes rinsing easier.

4. To keeprepparttar 144612 sprouts constantly damp, repeatrepparttar 144613 rinsing 2-3 times a day. Remember to drain any excess water becauserepparttar 144614 sprouts should not stand in water.

5. Keeprepparttar 144615 jar away fromrepparttar 144616 light forrepparttar 144617 first few days.

6. Whenrepparttar 144618 seeds/beans begin to sprout, (usually aboutrepparttar 144619 forth day) moverepparttar 144620 jar intorepparttar 144621 light to activaterepparttar 144622 chlorophyll and turnrepparttar 144623 sprouts green.

- Harvesting and Storingrepparttar 144624 Sprouts -

Newly germinated grain, seed, and sprouts, increase in food value inrepparttar 144625 very first period of growth. Grains should be harvested and eaten from when they are six days old until they are 4-5 inches tall. To harvest, just take your kitchen scissors and cut what you need.

Sprouts from beans, peas, etc., are ready earlier and can be eaten when they are 3-6 days old, depending onrepparttar 144626 type of sprout. For spouts grown in no soil or in seed trays, you can harvestrepparttar 144627 green "grass" when it starts to grow. Sprouts, from grain sown in jars, are ready sooner and are edible even before they turn green. Seeds sown in soil take a little longer.

Little Known Facts on The Importance of Self Image

Written by Emily Clark

It is not a surprise to most people that health studies point to popular culture as a perpetrator of body image which has corresponded torepparttar self image and well being of women AND men.

What may surprise you is that this is not a new phenomenon.

Isrepparttar 144566 rail thin appearance of runway and magazine models a new obsession which has started young girls and women on a path towards starvation, malnutrition and disorders such as anorexia and bulimia?

Actually, No.

The western world created a popular culture of 'you can never be to thin' as early asrepparttar 144567 20's when flapper styles caused women to starve and over exercise their bodies to attainrepparttar 144568 flat chested, androgynous look that was popular at that time.

The fuller figure did make a comeback duringrepparttar 144569 depression, but quickly reverted inrepparttar 144570 60's with thinness being equated with physical beauty.

Studies on self image indicate that women tend to consider themselves heavier than they really are. This distorted body image is linked to unhealthy dietary practices like anorexia and bulimia.

Although distorted body image affects men and women of all age ranges, it is middle and upper class women who are most commonly affected in thinking they are too heavy and need to loose weight. Girls as young as nine are followingrepparttar 144571 paths set down by mothers, sisters and others.

Onrepparttar 144572 other hand, men with body image problems often feel they are too thin and use of steroids by youths trying to build muscle mass shows that they are also adversely affected by media portrayals ofrepparttar 144573 body.

Bad self image is learned. This can be clearly illustrated by a study conducted by WHO with Canadian students. The study showed thatrepparttar 144574 confidence of children dropped dramatically throughrepparttar 144575 pre-teen years. The percentage of 11 year old boys and girls who felt confident all ofrepparttar 144576 time was 47% and 35% respectively. By age 15repparttar 144577 percentage dropped to 30% for boys and a disappointing 14% for girls.

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