Make your own protein wraps. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life for people around the globe. With stay-at-home orders, social distancing mandates, and constantly changing regulations, many people have been forced to make significant changes to their lifestyles. Adults have been working from home, children are learning remotely without socialization with their classmates, and high schoolers are being denied long-standing traditions such as Homecoming celebrations, sporting events, proms, and graduation ceremonies.

However, no matter how much it may seem that our lives have been put on hold by the pandemic, life moves on. High school students are still graduating and continuing their education either at college or in the workforce. As these young adults move into the next stage of their life and take on more responsibility for their well-being, a personal understanding of health and nutrition is critical.

For decades, possibly centuries, the vast majority of college students spent their years at college on very tight budgets. With little to no money available for frivolous purchases, the budget for food quickly becomes one of the first and most important financial lessons for young adults on their own for the first time. For example, a loaf of bread, peanut butter, and a jelly jar can cost the same amount as one steak and a potato or two cases of Ramen noodles. So the potential of 48 bowls of soup, eight to ten sandwiches, or one large dinner becomes a genuine debate. Unfortunately, most college students are more concerned with budget constraints than nutrition, so Ramen noodles frequently win.

Parents and other concerned adults can easily break this cycle. The key lies in teaching children about proper diet and nutrition while they are still at home. One of the most accessible and most engaging ways to accomplish this is to teach them to grow their own sprouts and microgreens. Some of the most popular for to begin with are lentils, sunflower, and peas. Easily found in most supermarkets, they have crisp flavors, are very easy to grow, and are packed full of nutrition.

Make Your Own Protein Wraps Easy

Sunflowers can be grown either in soil or hydroponically. Wide mouth mason jars with sprouting lids are often the easiest and most practical choice as the greens can remain in the same container from beginning to end. For a quart size jar, soak a few tablespoons overnight.

Grown Your Own Protein Sprouts

The following day, rinse the seeds several times and then place the tilted jar on a sunny window sill. Rinse and turn the jar two to three times a day for the next 10 to 14 days taking time to remove empty hulls as you go.

mason jars with sprouting lids

When the sprouts have opened and the two dark green leaves are entirely open, the sunflower sprouts are ready to be harvested. Give them a good final rinse to remove any last hulls and then either eat or store in the mason jar with its regular lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

When the sprouts have opened and the two dark green leaves are entirely open, the sunflower sprouts are ready to be harvested

The sunflower shoots are best eaten raw in wraps, salads, sandwiches, or just by the handful as a snack. Nutritionally, they are a complete plant protein containing all the essential amino acids. They also pack Vitamins A, B, D, and E and high levels of zinc. Easy, tasty, and full of nutrition, few choices are better than sprouts and shoots. They can be grown at home all year long, either on a sunny window sill or outside when the weather is warm.

Make Your Own Protein Wraps Easy

Make your own protein wrap

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