Trending Now — Sprouted Grains

Curious about this ancient — yet newly revitalized — culinary concept? Find out what the hype is over sprouted grains.


Stack of Different Sprouting Seeds Growing in a Glass Jar

Curious about this ancient — yet newly revitalized — culinary concept? Find out what the hype is over sprouted grains.

What Are Sprouted Grains?

They're pretty much what they sound like — whole-grain berries allowed to germinate and sprout shoots filled with nutrients. The process is fairly simple: Grains are soaked, then stored at the proper temperature to promote growth. Increased enzyme activity within the grain allows for them to sprout. Sprouted grains can then be dried and ground into flour for baking, as well as added to other products like cereals and snack foods. You can also make your own sprouted grains and flours. Jenny McGruther from Nourished Kitchen explains how.

Nutrition Facts

Specific nutrition profiles will vary from grain to grain. Rice, wheat, spelt, barely and amaranth are commonly used for sprouting.

According to reports from the Whole Grains Council, sprouted grains and sprouted grain products tend to be less processed than traditional grain items. The enzyme activity that allows for sprouting also enhances the content of many vitamins and minerals, including folate, iron, zinc and magnesium. The fiber content may also get a boost thanks to the sprouting process.

Products on the Market

There is an increasing number of sprouted grain products popping up on store shelves.

Making its debut in February 2015, this organic, non-GMO project-verified cereal is made with six sprouted grains and has 6 grams of protein per serving.

Ezekiel Breads

Food for Life brand offers a wide variety of sprouted grain products. See how their 4:9 Whole Grain Bread fared in our Healthy Eats taste test.

These flours are used for baking homemade breads, cookies and crackers; there are a lot of options available and some affordable options, especially if you shop online.

Basmati, red and tricolor blends are also available. Experiment with this alternative in stir-fries, burritos and casseroles.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Now Trending: Smoothie-Delivery Programs

Get the low-down on popular smoothie-delivery programs.

Food Trend: Home Canning

Canning has been around for 200 years, but I was new to the practice. What did I learn? It's pretty easy, definitely fun and a wonderful way to preserve fruits and veggies so I can enjoy them long past their growing season.

Guacamole Trends

Think beyond the chip and expand your guacamole repertoire.

New Toast Trend

The newest trend popping out of toasters may be sweeter than you think. Sweet potato "toast" is gaining on traditional toast as a favorite nutritious snack. The Kitchen's giving you a first look at the trend with two unique takes on a breakfast classic.

Matcha: It's a Trend

From local cafes to national chains and matcha-making at-home kits, it's never been easier to drink this trendy beverage.

Trend Alert: Pea Protein

Get the facts about the pea protein trend.

Hot Trend: Artisan Cocktails

Rum and coke is a thing of the past. Expect to see exotic, artisan cocktails created from high quality booze and fresh ingredients on bar menus instead.