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Day 17: Start Sprouting #30DaysofGOOD

For October's challenge, we're asking you to get healthy, from your feet to your teeth to your brain.

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Start sprouting.

I know it's a little out there, but I love sprouting.

If you haven't done it before, I can assure you that watching those dormant little dried lentils, beans, seeds, or nuts come to life, expand, and grow little tails is really satisfying—I'm pretty sure it has something to do with how fast they grow. Think sea monkeys.

I remember my first time sprouting. "I can do this. All I need to do is add water, and voila," I thought to myself as a filled a mason jar with green lentils and water. In the past, I've been known to kill plants. Last week, I finally had to throw out my cactus. It's virtually impossible to kill a cactus, but that didn't stop me. So I made sure to follow these instructions for sprouting. And the next morning, I was greeted by sprouting legumes.

After watering for three days, my sprouts were ready. Happy snacking.

-Hillary Newman


Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Turn the music up and dance.

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