Next stop, sprouted chickpea hummus. Nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes have a variety of nutritional benefits however many are bound by anti-nutrients such as phytic acid that keep them from being absorbed. Sprouting is an effective way of neutralizing this acid as well as enzyme inhibitors that make digestion more difficult. The process of germination changes the composition of the seed, including simplifying complex sugars that are also part of the reason why our bodies have a hard time digesting. If you shy away from beans because of their musical qualities (read: gas!) this is a method worth trying. Here are some simple steps:

1.  Soak. Time will vary, but typically 6-10 hours.
2.  Rinse and Drain. Repeat this step at least 2 times per day.
3.  Harvest. Days will also vary, but typically 1-3 days. (The chickpeas pictured here are two days old.)
4. Enjoy. Some sprouts can be consumed raw, or you can prepare your sprouted foods in a variety of delicious recipes.

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