A natural organic multi-vitamin, Sprouts are touted as nature's most perfect food. Containing over 3,000 different known enzymes, 560 different proteins and provide an excellent supply of Vitamins A, E, C & B-complex.


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The Super Simple Sprouter

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What is Sprouting?

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 sprout grower.

The Perfect Organic Sprout Grower
The Perfect Sprout Grower
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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 immune system.



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"(Sprouts) supply the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. of any food per unit of calorie."
Lucie Desjarlais, RNC

Nutrient data
(Mung bean, sprouted raw)


per 100 g.



30 kcal


3.04 g

Total lipid (fat)

0.18 g


5.94 g


1.8 g

Sugars, total

4.13 g



13 mg


.091 mg


21 mg


54 mg


149 mg


6 mg


0.41 mg


Vitamin C

13.2 mg


0.084 mg


0.124 mg


0.749 mg

Vitamin B-6

0.088 mg

Vitamin E

0.10 mg


Fatty acids, total saturated

0.046 g

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

0.022 g

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated



0 mg


0 mg

source: USDA

Something to Sprout About!!

"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 and instructions!!!
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!!!"

Carole Plant
Royal LePage Sales Representative


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:

  1. Nutritional value
  2. Economic value
  3. Taste is great too
A happy client,
Susan Crema-Martin

Hi Cathy,

I want to tell you that I love sprouts with my granola! It's a good way to get sprouts into my meals.
Keep well,

Karen V.

I purchased 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!
Thanks Cathy!

Gary Shouldis

I recently 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 place.

Joanne M.

Hi Cathy. 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.
Thanks Cathy

Tina G.

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

"Three-day-old 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 cancer risk,"
Paul Talalay, M.D., J.J. Abel, Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology. - Johns Hopkins Medicine

No fillers, No chemicals, No preservatives, Just good natural food.




"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 self-cleansing abilities.

* 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.


In The News


Sprouting - 30 Day Challenge
(Daytime - York Region)

30 Day Challenge Results
(Daytime - York Region)

Cathy talks about Sprouts and Sprouting with Jacqueline Betterton of Daytime. Cathy proposes a 30 day challenge to Jacqueline.

More 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?

Sprouts and how to grow them
Georgina Life

In The Know - with Julia Suppa

Cathy returns Georgina Life to talk with Jennifer Anderson and Joe Conners about Sprouts as the perfect gift for the people you care about.

Cathy 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 about sprouting?
Special guest Tony Hornick.


Worth Sprouting About

(Originally published in Green Mom)

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 value.

Growing 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 to grow.

A 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.

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Sprouting Series

Originally published in Apsley Backroads.

There are a variety of different beans available for sprouting.

Part I

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.

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Part II

Sprouting, How and Why

By: Cathy Nesbitt

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.

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Pulses to the Rescue

By: Larraine Roulston
Originally published in: Green Mom

... 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 frozen."

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School Workshops

Sprouting with Cathy at Woburn Jr Public School

Cathy makes a day of it at Woburn Jr. Public School. Sprouts are fun, quick and easy. Students try their hands at being a junior farmer right in the classroom. In addition to learning how easy it is to sprout students also discover how nutritious sprouts are.

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What kinds of beans should I use?

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 Beans.

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.
  • Oilseeds:
    sesame, sunflower, almond, hazelnut, linseed, peanut.
  • Umbelliferous vegetables (parsley family) - these may be used more as microgreens than sprouts.
    carrot, celery, fennel, parsley.
  • Cereals:
    oat, wheat, maize (corn), rice, barley, rye, kamut and then quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat (these last three are used as cereal even if botanically they are not)
  • Brassica (cabbage family):
    broccoli, cabbage, watercress, mustard, mizuna, radish, and daikon (kaiware sprouts), rocket (arugula), tatsoi, turnip.
  • Other vegetables and herbs:
    spinach, lettuce, milk thistle, lemon grass

*source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprouting


Along with Mung beans, these are a few of the beans we prefer and recommend for use with the Super Simple Sprouter:

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The Tony Hornick Sprout Grower

Meet Tony Hornick, the designer and inventor of the Super Simple Sprouter.

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 newborn sprouts have all the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow into an adult.

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.


Cathy Interviews Tony Hornick; Business Man, Inventor and
Sprouter Extraordinaire.

More Sprouter Testimonials:



"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."


Jill Hewlett
Author, TV Producer/Host

"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."


Maxine Warsh
Maxine Warsh Facial Rejuvenation

Thanks to you, Cathy and your workshop in Oshawa on Saturday, I sprouted my first batch of mung beans with absolutely NO fuss. Oh joy! Thank you Cathy. :)

Shirley Wood
Stress Manager Educator

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Just the Beans

Certified Organic Sprouting Beans & Seeds

Beans currently available:

  • Mung
  • Chickpea
  • Green Pea
  • Large Green Lentil
  • Blue (French) Lentil
  • Black Lentil
  • Crimson Lentil

Seeds currently available:

  • Alfalfa
  • Arugula
  • Curly Cress
  • Oriental Mustard
  • Radish
  • Fenugreek

(Beans - 200 gram packages)

(Seeds - 50 gram packages)


1 bag:


Shipping: $10

Any 5 bags:

$ 27.50

Shipping: $15

Any 10 bags:

$ 50.00

Shipping: $17

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P.O. Box 444, Bradford, Ontario L3Z 2A9
Local: (905) 775-9495
Toll Free: 1-888-775-9495
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