September 25, 2022

How to Sprout Chia Seeds: Top Methods You Can Try

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of
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Chia
seeds
have
been
one
of
the
ultimate
survival
foods
for
centuries.
The
ancient
Mesoamerican
Indian
and
the
Aztec
groups
considered
these
seeds
a
diet
staple
food.
Today,
they
are
often
added
to
nutritional
smoothies
and
drinks,
salads,
and
snacks.

But,
if
you
want
much
more
nutritional
benefits
from
these
seeds,
you
can
consume
the
Chia
sprouts
instead
of
the
seeds.
Interested
in
how
to
sprout
Chia
seeds?
I’ll
let
you
in
on
the
top
methods
you
can
try,
so
keep
reading…


The
Health
Benefits
of
Chia

Introducing
chia
into
your
diet
is
one
of
the
best
ways
you
can
take
in
a
lot
more
nutrients.
Most
people
think
of
fish
when
asked
about
a
protein-rich
meal
with
omega-3s.
But
did
you
know
that
chia
seeds
are
the
best
option
for
vegans?
Chia
seeds
are
the
most
affordable
source
of
omega-3
fatty
acids. 

Here
are
just
some
of
the
health
benefits
of
chia
seeds:

  • Chia
    seeds
    can
    prevent
    blood
    clots.
  • It
    will
    raise
    the
    good
    cholesterol
    level
    in
    your
    body
    while
    lowering
    your
    blood
    pressure.
  • It
    can
    reduce
    inflammation.
  • For
    pregnant
    women,
    chia
    seeds
    can
    help
    develop
    the
    infant’s
    brain
    while
    improving
    their
    nutritional
    level.
  • Decreases
    the
    likelihood
    of
    getting
    adult-onset
    diabetes.


Why
Should
I
Sprout
Chia
Seeds?

Despite
being
a
staple
food
for
some
cultures,
chia
seeds
have
a
callous
outer
layer
that
makes
it
hard
for
the
body
to
digest
them.
The
hard
outer
shell
also
inhibits
the
body’s
ability
to
absorb
nutrients
and
vitamins.

The
best
solution
for
this
problem
is
sprouting
the
chia
seeds.
Sprouting
the
seeds
can
help
break
down
their
tough
outer
layer.
This
will
make
it
possible
for
the
body
to
easily
absorb
the
nutrients
and
vitamins. 

Sprouting
chia
seeds
help
our
bodies
access
the
fiber,
protein,
and
omega
3s
in
these
seeds.
Chia
sprouts
are
easier
to
digest,
and
they
have
more
nutrients
than
chia
seeds.


How
to
Sprout
Chia
Seeds


1.
The
Terra-Cotta
Tray
Method

Terra-cotta
is
a
unique
tray
made
using
either
brownish
or
brownish-orange
clay
and
then
hardened
into
any
shape.
Some
of
the
most
common
shapes
include
figures
of
animals
or
humans,
trays,
plates,
and
pots.
The
terra-cotta
has
a
porous
surface
that
wicks
water;
therefore,
making
sure
that
the
seeds
remain
moist
until
they
sprout.

The
main
difference
between
terra-cotta
and
clay
is
that
the
terra-cotta
is
already
modeled
and
fired.
On
the
other
hand,
clay
is
the
raw
material.
Terra-cotta
trays
can
be
made
using
a
wide
range
of
organic
clay. 

The
terra-cotta
creates
an
excellent
airflow
that
protects
the
seeds
from
becoming
too
moist.
This
is
important
because
too
much
moisture
will
result
in
a
low-quality
sprout. 

Here
are
the
steps
to
follow
to
sprout
the
chia
seeds
using
terra-cotta
trays:

  • Spread
    the
    right
    amount
    of
    seeds
    on
    the
    surface
    of
    the
    terra
    cotta
    tray
    or
    dish.
  • Pour
    some
    water
    on
    a
    different
    container
    and
    not
    on
    your
    terra
    cotta.
  • Place
    the
    terra
    cotta
    on
    the
    surface
    of
    the
    massive
    container
    with
    water.
    Make
    sure
    the
    water
    doesn’t
    get
    on
    the
    dish
    containing
    the
    chia
    seeds.
  • Cover
    the
    two
    dishes
    to
    prevent
    the
    water
    from
    evaporating.
  • The
    terra
    cotta
    tray
    will
    absorb
    just
    enough
    water
    to
    keep
    the
    seeds
    moist
    until
    they
    sprout.


2.
The
Covered
Moisture
Method

The
covered
moisture
method
is
one
of
the
simplest
methods
for
sprouting
chia
seeds.
You
just
need
a
cover,
trays
or
aluminum
paper
plates,
and
some
water. 

To
sprout
the
chia
seeds:

  • Start
    by
    cleaning
    the
    shallow
    containers,
    which
    can
    be
    either
    plastic
    trays
    or
    aluminum
    paper
    plates.
  • After
    cleaning
    it,
    add
    equal
    portions
    of
    water
    and
    seeds
    to
    the
    tray.
    This
    means
    that
    you
    can
    add
    two
    spoons
    of
    water
    and
    two
    spoons
    of
    seeds.
  • Let
    the
    seeds
    sit
    in
    the
    tray
    for
    about
    an
    hour
    before
    tilting
    it
    to
    the
    side
    and
    draining
    the
    tray.
  • Once
    the
    seeds
    have
    become
    moist,
    you
    can
    cover
    the
    tray
    and
    let
    the
    seeds
    sprout.
  • Generally,
    the
    seeds
    should
    start
    sprouting
    after
    four
    days.
  • After
    the
    sprouts
    have
    attained
    a
    height
    of
    about
    0.25
    inches,
    you
    can
    expose
    them
    to
    the
    sun
    and
    let
    the
    leaves
    turn
    green.


3.
The
Chia
Pet
Technique

Chia
seeds
can
easily
germinate
when
placed
on
any
surface
that
allows
their
roots
to
grow
and
absorb
water.
Therefore,
you
can
sprout
the
seeds
on
any
porous
material,
including
clay,
paper,
cloth,
and
sponge.
For
this
method,
you
can
do
the
following:

  • Start
    by
    filling
    a
    tray,
    plate,
    or
    small
    dish
    with
    about
    a
    quarter
    cup
    of
    water.
  • Soak
    your
    planter
    for
    about
    60
    minutes
    in
    the
    container
    of
    water.
  • Moisten
    the
    seeds
    for
    about
    60
    minutes
    and
    then
    pour
    them
    on
    the
    planter.
  • Next,
    spread
    the
    seeds
    using
    a
    small
    knife
    or
    spatula
    of
    the
    terra-cotta
    planter’s
    grooves.
  • Add
    some
    water
    to
    the
    planter
    to
    prevent
    it
    from
    drying
    out.
    The
    seeds
    will
    start
    sprouting
    after
    about
    five
    days.
  • If
    the
    air
    in
    your
    home
    is
    too
    dry,
    you
    can
    cover
    the
    planter
    with
    a
    plastic
    bag.
    The
    plastic
    bag
    will
    help
    keep
    the
    air
    around
    the
    planter
    moist,
    so
    the
    seeds
    will
    sprout
    faster.
  • You
    can
    remove
    the
    plastic
    bag
    after
    some
    of
    the
    seeds
    have
    started
    sprouting.
    But
    make
    sure
    to
    protect
    the
    chia
    sprouts
    from
    direct
    sunlight.


4.
The
Wide-Mouth
Jar
Technique

The
simplest
and
most
effective
method
for
sprouting
seeds
is
a
wide-mouth
jar.
You
can
easily
cover
it
with
a
cheesecloth
cover
and
secure
it
using
a
rubber
band
with
a
suitable
jar.
The
cover
will
ensure
that
the
seeds
remain
moist
while
sprouting.
Here
are
the
steps
for
this
technique:

  • Add
    about
    four
    spoons
    of
    seeds
    in
    your
    wide-mouthed
    jar
  • Add
    about
    three
    times
    more
    water
    than
    the
    seeds
    and
    soak
    them
    for
    about
    12
    hours
  • Next,
    drain
    the
    jar
  • After
    draining
    the
    water,
    you
    can
    add
    more
    fresh
    water
    and
    rinse
    the
    seeds.
  • Drain
    it
    again
    and
    place
    the
    jar
    away
    from
    direct
    sunlight
  • Make
    sure
    you
    rinse
    the
    seeds
    twice
    a
    day
    for
    a
    week
    or
    until
    they
    sprout.
  • After
    the
    sprouts
    have
    become
    long
    enough,
    you
    can
    rinse
    them
    to
    remove
    the
    seed
    coats
    and
    seeds.

The
height
of
the
sprout
varies
with
preference,
so
it’s
up
to
you
to
decide
the
right
size.
Finally,
you
can
consume
them
raw
or
cook
them.
Before
storing
them,
make
sure
to
drain
them
well.
It
would
be
best
if
you
only
preserved
them
for
a
maximum
of
10
days.


5.
The
Spray
and
Tray
Method

Instead
of
wicking
water
through
the
terra-cotta
tray’s
surface,
this
method
will
require
you
to
spray
some
water
on
the
seeds.
The
first
thing
you
should
do
is
pour
some
chia
seeds
on
your
tray
or
dish.
After
placing
a
thin
layer
of
seeds,
you
can
spray
some
water
on
them
every
day.
You
can
spray
it
once
in
the
evening
and
once
when
you
wake
up.

You
can
expose
the
seeds
to
sunlight
indirectly
throughout
the
day.
If
you
do
everything
correctly,
the
seeds
will
sprout
within
seven
to
10
days.
To
ensure
that
you
don’t
have
to
spray
it
too
often,
you
can
cover
it
using
a
glass
or
plastic
cover.
Covering
the

chia
seeds

will
help
you
maintain
their
moisture
level
while
increasing
their
germination
rate.


6.
Paper
Towel
Method

Another
reliable
and
straightforward
sprouting
method
is
the
paper
towel
technique.
This
sprouting
method
will
require
you
to
use
some
simple
materials
like
a
dish,
some
water,
and
two
paper
towels.
All
you
have
to
do
is:

  • Fold
    two
    paper
    towels
    and
    place
    them
    on
    the
    base
    of
    a
    shallow
    tray
    or
    dish.
  • Pour
    some
    water
    into
    the
    tray
    until
    the
    towels
    are
    moist
    enough.
  • Pour
    some
    seeds
    on
    the
    moistened
    towels
    and
    keep
    them
    moist
    by
    adding
    water.
  • After
    the
    seeds
    start
    sprouting,
    you
    can
    indirectly
    expose
    them
    to
    the
    sun.


7.
The
Jiffy
Pot
Method

This
sprouting
method
will
require
you
to
use
a
3-inch
jiffy
pot
or
a
huge
one.
The
organic
pot’s
wood
or
peat
fibers
can
function
as
a
wick.
Therefore,
you
will
be
sure
that
the
seeds
will
remain
moist
during
the
entire
sprouting
stage.
To
sprout
the
seeds
using
a
jiffy
pot,
you
should
do
the
following:

  • Start
    by
    soaking
    your
    jiffy
    pot
    in
    some
    water.
  • Pour
    some
    water
    into
    the
    tray,
    plate,
    or
    dish.
  • Roll
    the
    jiffy
    pots
    on
    the
    seeds
    until
    they
    are
    fully
    covered
    with
    the
    seeds.
  • Place
    the
    pot
    on
    the
    dish
    or
    tray
    containing
    water
    upside
    down.
  • Make
    sure
    you
    keep
    the
    water
    level
    at
    1
    cm
    by
    replacing
    the
    evaporated
    water
    every
    day.
    The
    seeds
    should
    start
    sprouting
    after
    a
    few
    days.


Takeaway

Chia
seeds
are
highly
nutritious
superfoods,
but
digesting
these
seeds
can
be
pretty
challenging
because
of
their
tough
outer
layer.
It’s
beneficial
if
you
know
how
to
sprout
chia
seeds
to
remove
the
tough
outer
layer
of
the
seeds.
By
doing
so,
you
get
to
enjoy
all
the
nutritious
benefits
of
the
seeds.
Plus,
it’s
a
known
fact
that
sprouts
are
more
nutritious
than
fully
grown
plants.

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