Would you consume less food if it met your dietary requirements? Would you consume a micro-plant if it contained all of the required daily nutrients and surpassed your dietary recommendations? If you answered yes, then you would be pleased to learn about microgreens, their health benefits, and how to incorporate them into your diet. Microgreens are rich in various nutrients, and provide intense flavours, vivid colors, and crisp textures.
What are microgreens?
They are immature greens that get harvested just less than two weeks after germination. These greens are just a couple of inches long and come in a variety of types to meet all sorts of taste buds and preferences. Some types include kale, cabbage, cilantro, basil, and arugula. Many of these exceed maximum values of vitamin C, vitamin K1, and vitamin E, as well as carotenoids and antioxidants. These nutrients are associated with benefitting the skin and eyes, and fighting cancer, to name a few.
How are microgreens sustainable?
Microgreens contain an abundance of vitamins and mineral that make up and exceed the daily recommendations for nutrients. This means that you are able to meet your daily recommendations by eating only a small portion of microgreens. This micro plant can go a lot further in terms of nutritional requirements than regular greens and plants. Although these greens may be expensive, it is easy to harvest in your own climate to help reduce the cost. The nutrients found in the microgreens are found in abundance shortly after harvest; therefore, if you have your own microgreen garden, you are more likely to benefit from all its nutrients because you may consume the plant shortly after harvesting. Microgreens are sustainable because they are able to nourish a large population in terms of nutrient requirements, can be grown indoors with sunlight, and grow rapidly.
Ways to incorporate microgreens into your diet.
- On top of a salad
- An addition to a sandwich or wrap
- In the place of lettuce
- As a garnish on rice or quinoa bowls
Tip: Remember that a little goes a long way.
How would you incorporate microgreens into your diet?