Written By Jennifer Raskin / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
It’s very likely you’ve encountered microgreens on a fancy menu somewhere. “Garnished with microgreens” seems very trendy, but these miniature plants are superfoods brimming with more health benefits than you could imagine.
Microgreens can be created from a wide range of different vegetables. They’re simply harvested before the food stores in their seeds are used to fuel the growth of mature plants. This means they have one huge benefit – they’re more nutritious than regular superfoods.
While something like kale is a revered superfood, having kale microgreens is an even better choice that takes up less real estate on your plate. You can turn any superfood into a microgreen. All you need to do is pick it after a couple weeks of growing.
Biggest Benefit Of Microgreens
They might be small, but adding more microgreens to your meals means you’re consuming up to 40% more nutrients. Even if you sprinkle some onto your salad, tuck some in your sandwich, or garnish your dinners with a scattering of microgreens on top, you’re taking in more vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
That’s excellent news since most of us, even if we’re eating healthy, are missing out on getting enough of the key nutrients we need. Plus, sometimes it’s just hard to eat big salads day after day. An easier way to get what you need is to add microgreens to your meals.
More vegetables in your diet means you’re lowering your risk for diseases too. You will have less risk for diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancers and Alzheimer’s disease too.
Grow Your Own microgreens
The only downside is that they tend to be more expensive at the supermarket. You can ask your local farmers at your farmer’s market about them, but one great way to always have fresh microgreens affordably is to grow them yourself.
Because they take up little space, no garden is required. They can grow in small spaces. You simply pluck them for use after a couple weeks. Using good seeds and soil makes all the difference. Then you can grow an array of microgreens for a farm-to-table experience in your own kitchen!
Experiment with microgreens and you’ll find better taste and health waiting for you in every bite. You should avoid cooking them though for they are delicate and will lose their huge nutritional profile. Instead, add them to cooked meals as a finishing touch. And add them to raw meals like salads, sandwiches, wraps, and even in smoothies as you see fit for your best health and nutrition!
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.