68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year
of Pulses (IYP).
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional
benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production
aimed towards food security and nutrition.
Pulse crops such as lentils, beans, peas and
chickpeas are a critical part of the general food basket.
Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino
acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part
of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent
and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary
conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of
plant-based protein for animals.
Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten
either raw or cooked. Sprouts can be purchased in most grocery
and health food stores or can easily be grown at home.
Sprouting is about a lifestyle change for people who are
looking for a non-pharmaceutical path to improved health and
wellness. An easy way to get all your essential vitamins and
minerals in a natural and organic way.
Start sprouting in your kitchen for health
and food security.
Cathy Nesbitt shows how everyone can grow fresh life-giving
sprouts in their kitchen every day using Tony Hornick's easy-to-use
The Perfect Sprout Grower
(Click on picture for larger perspective).
Sprouts are so high in nutritional value that they are considered
nature's Superfood. Packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins,
enzymes and phytochemicals, sprouts have been shown to help
digestion, increase energy levels and provide a boost to the
Order your sprouter today!
"(Sprouts) supply the highest amount of vitamins,
minerals, enzymes, etc. of any food per unit of calorie."
"I have wanted to sprout for years, but Cathy Nesbitt
made it all possible in a heartbeat. I got one of her
amazing, easy-to-use sprouting kits and presto!!! In
an instant, I was a sprouting machine!!!
It has been so rewarding to nurture the sprouts, rinse
them and watch them grow. Then -- in less than 36 hours
-- they were ready to be harvested. Eating this wonderful
living food is a vital and fantastic experience. Now,
I have a few spoonfuls of sprouts in my diet every day
and feel transformed because of it.
To me, Cathy's sprouting kit is the perfect and most
thoughtful gift for anyone of any age. It has everything
you need to become an instant farmer including the beans
What's to not love? It's entertaining, educational,
affordable, delicious, nutritious and just plain fun
to sprout. Thank you Cathy!!! Thank you, thank you,
thank you for introducing me to this fabulous experience!!!"
I finally got a good photo of my yummy lunch with all
types of greens, avocado, salmon and of course your
sprouts. I love the taste that the sprouts have as they
explode with flavour. I have salads a few times
every week and I always look forward to them especially
because of the sprouts. You have taught us about their
value in our diet and even that much better because
they taste so good. Thank you for introducing me to
sprouts and how to grow my own at home with the amazing
sprout grower. I was just at a local store and saw how
much a little bunch of grown sprouts were. You have
even made it more economical as well ... 3 for 3:
I want to tell you that I love sprouts with my granola!
It's a good way to get sprouts into my meals.
a super simple sprouter from Cathy about 7 months ago.
I have to say growing our own sprouts has been so easy
and it is now a habit for our family to add healthy
sprouts to our daily eating routine. Our children are
fascinated with watching the beans sprout and they also
love snacking on them!
met Cathy and enjoyed her delicious sprouts! I started
sprouting today-can't wait to enjoy my daily sprouts
Thanks Cathy for all you do to make this planet a better
I feel I have to let you know that there is a huge difference
in the quality of sprouts from your beans to those I
purchased at the Bulk Barn. But you know this of course.
Never, ever will I buy beans elsewhere. I am so happy
to be back enjoying my delicious morning sprouts.
Sprouts represent the embryo stage of a plant. They contain all
the nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed to grow into a strong
and healthy plant. At the sprout stage, a plant is at its highest
nutritional value. A sprout can contain up to 400% more protein
than lettuce and 3900% more beta-carotine.
"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can
laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals
will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature,
the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the
sun, the mother of all life."
~ Thomas Edison
Mung Beans Mung Bean Sprouts
The abundant enzymes in sprouts make them easily digestible. One
of the most alkalizing foods known, sprouts provide nutrients that
are easily assimilated into our bodies.
Studies have also shown that Mung and other
types of sprouts contain exceptionally high levels of a natural
cancer fighting compound called sulforaphane (20 – 50 times
more than in mature broccoli) which helps support antioxidants
such as vitamin C and vitamin E.
Cancer Protection Compound Abundant
in Broccoli Sprouts
broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount
of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads,
and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing
Paul Talalay, M.D., J.J. Abel, Distinguished Service Professor
of Pharmacology. - Johns
No fillers, No chemicals, No
preservatives, Just good natural food.
Super Simple Sprout Grower Instructions
"The right kind of food
is the most important single factor in the promotion
of health; and the wrong kind of food is the most important
single factor in the promotion of disease."
~ Sir Robert McCarrison
* An extremely valuable source of vitamins, minerals,
antioxidants and protein in their most natural forms.
* A good source of fibre - Stimulates the body's internal
* An excellent source of B-complex vitamins, vitamin
E, thiamine, folic acid (essential for normal cell division).
* One of the most enzyme rich foods available.
* Biogenic - alive and capable of transferring life
energy to your body.
* Excellent source of antioxidants. Consuming sprouts
has been said to slow the aging process.
- 30 Day Challenge
(Daytime - York Region)
Day Challenge Results
(Daytime - York Region)
talks about Sprouts and Sprouting with Jacqueline Betterton
of Daytime. Cathy proposes a 30 day challenge to Jacqueline.
on Sprouts and Sprouting. Cathy talks Sprouts with Jacqueline
Betterton and Jeff Moore of Daytime-York Region. How
did Jacqueline do on her 30 day challenge?
The Know - with Julia Suppa
has an extended talk with Julia Suppa about all things
sprouty. Why are sprouts so good for you? What beans
can you sprout? Are there any issues you should know
Special guest Tony Hornick.
Worth Sprouting About
(Originally published in Green
While raw veggies and fruits have enzymes,
they are low in concentration compared to sprouted seeds.
The differences in enzyme concentrations are enormous.
At the sprout stage, a plant is at its highest nutritional
sprouts is not only easy and fun but also a way for
parents to provide their children with all the essential
natural, how-to-grow-sproutsorganic vitamins and minerals
they require. Also packed with proteins, enzymes and
phytochemicals, sprouts have been shown to help digestion,
increase energy levels and provide a boost to the immune
system. Studies have also shown that mung and other
types of sprouts contain high levels of a natural cancer
fighting compounds. What’s more, everyone can
afford to eat sprouts; they cost only pennies per day
do-it-yourself sprouter can be made with two jars and
some mesh or by placing a metal vegetable steamer into
a bowl and covering it with a clear lid. After much
experimenting with homemade sprouters, in 1999 Tony
Hornick invented a more efficient method that would
keep the sprouts out of the water while providing an
easier way to rinse them. His design uses a shallow
plastic tray, a raised stainless steel screen, and a
clear bubble style lid.
There are a variety of different beans available
Start Sprouting ... Improve
Health and Wellness
By: Cathy Nesbitt
Is your diet lacking in essential
vitamins and nutrients? Is your food causing you
to be sick and tired?
Did you know sprouts are considered
nature’s super food? There are many reasons
to eat them daily. Sprouts contain most vitamins,
fibre and protein. They are hydrating, alkalizing,
biogenic, and regenerative. In addition to all
these healthful reasons to add
sprouts to your life, they also contain loads
of digestive enzymes. Enzymes help our body process
the food we eat. The older we get, the tougher
it is for our body to produce enzymes. There are
up to 100 times more digestive enzymes in raw
sprouts than in raw vegetables.
Did you know that cooking destroys
enzymes in sprouts and vegetables? If enzymes
are not in the food we eat, our body will utilize
enzyme reserves from our body to digest. To slow
the aging process, it is essential that we increase
our intake of digestive enzymes. This is easily
achievable by consuming raw sprouts every day.
If enzyme activity gets too low, disease may result.
Doctors will often prescribe enzyme pills for
individuals experiencing digestive issues. Rather
than feed the pharmaceutical companies, why not
eat live food? Raw sprouts maintain a healthy
body with abundant natural enzymes.
Is there really a global food shortage?
Some sources claim that we are in eminent danger
of running out of food unless we embrace the practice
of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to produce
more abundant crops. Others suggest organic is
the way to go and if we stop harming the soil
with chemical fertilizers, our farms will produce
more food naturally. The truth is that there is
actually more than enough food to feed the world.
The problem is getting nutrient rich food to where
it is most needed. The availability of healthy
food is becoming critical not only in the poorer
regions of the world but also right here within
developed nations. It will come as no surprise
to many people that processed food available at
the grocery stores these days lacks the nutritional
value of food most of us grew up eating.
Hunger was once measured by the amount
of calories consumed. Most people get enough calories,
more than enough in many places where obesity
rates have risen. However, calories do not necessarily
take into account nutrient content in food.
... Ontario’s longtime composting educator, Cathy Nesbitt,
also became an advocate for pulses through sprouting.
Cathy states, “Adding fresh sprouts to your life adds
life to your life.” She encourages everyone to grow
their own fresh sprouts at home, school or office for
a continuous supply of simple, delicious, nutritious,
affordable food. She adds, “Eat sprouts year-round for
maximum health benefits; in summer add sprouts to salads,
smoothies and sandwiches for a boost in flavor and an
increase in nutrient value. During the winter, choose
sprouts to enjoy fresh greens even when the ground is
Most beans are appropriate for the Super Simple Sprouter
since they are larger and will fit on top of the stainless
steel mesh. The beans we recommend and use most often are:
Mung, Garbanzo(chickpea), Adzuki, Lentils and Soy
Most seeds can be sprouted, however some sprouts should not
be eaten raw. Some of the most common food sprouts include:
Pulses (legumes; pea family):
alfalfa, clover, fenugreek, lentil, pea, chickpea,
mung bean and soybean (bean sprouts), adzuki.
Tony Hornick, the designer and inventor of the Super Simple
After suffering a back injury in 1964 Tony was told that
he would need an operation on his spine. Looking for an alternative
to this frightening prospect, Tony took a serious look into
the areas of nutrition and fitness.
After consultations with the Chiropractic College Tony was
given massive dose of nutrients that helped detox his body.
Not only did this relieve the back pain it also gave him a
new passion about the benefits of vitamins and nutrients.
During his studies Tony discovered that sprouts had the highest
concentration of nutrients of any food available. Like a human
have all the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow into
Starting with the basic bottle-to-bottle method Tony started
to grow his own sprouts. He soon moved on to a "very
expensive" glass sprout grower. "It worked much
better but was still difficult to grow plants in my kitchen
in a simple way without getting mold."
So many great inventions start with the proclamation: "There
must be a better way", and this case is no different.
After testing a number of different methods Tony came up with
a simple sieve design that would keep the sprouts out
of the water and would be easy to clean. The Tony Hornick
Sprouter was born.
These days Tony has two passions. 1. Health: sharing with
as many people as possible the benefits of sprouts and sprouting.
2. Fitness: Tony is an ardent Ballroom dancer. Frequenting
many dance clubs in Ontario and Florida, at 84 Tony may have
a hard time finding partners that can keep up with him, but
with his regime of Sprouts and Exercise we know he will be
going for years to come.
"The sprouter is such an easy and fun
way to enhance our food and our health! My young daughter
and I thoroughly enjoy the process of watching them
come alive and grow. The best part of course, eating
them! They taste wonderful on their own as a quick snack
and added to a variety of dishes. Thank you Cathy for
making this available to more people."
"Hi Cathy! My beans are sprouting!!!
I'm like a kid, running in to see if they are growing
... and they are ... I will probably be eating them
tomorrow morning ... can't wait.
As you know the skin is our largest organ and the purer
the foods you ingest, the healthier your inner organs
are and your skin reflects this."