Microgreens are a healthy Superfood and that you can grow yourself
Microgreens are the new delicious superfoods that anyone can easily grow. No matter if you live in a city or are a small vegetable farmer.
They are tiny and have a lot of them: the young plantlets of certain vegetables like broccoli, red cabbage, radishes, and herbs, for example, coriander, basil. Due to their nutrient density, these microgreens are now competing for superfoods such as kale or spinach.
Behind the modern-sounding name is a well-known term: Seedlings.
The vegetable seedlings or microgreens are a kind of tasty super food. It will surprise everyone who is trying it once because the micro vegetables have a very different flavor than the fully grown ones.
For example, if you do not like broccoli in its mature form, you might find the delicate seedlings delicious. But is there more to it than a new taste experience?
Microgreens are eaten raw and are therefore ideal for increasing the proportion of raw food in the diet. Read here> See What Eating Daily Healthy Raw Salad Can Do For You
What makes microgreen a healthy superfood?
Microgreens have tiny leaves that are full of chlorophyll, taste, and vitamins. The University of Maryland even found that the vitamin content of some microgreen species is up to forty times higher than that of the mature plant.
Also, they help with weight loss because the contained bitter substances cause a faster onset of satiety, better digestion, and higher nutrient intake, they also boost the fat burning. In particular, legume micro-greens are also rich in vegetable protein, which is particularly interesting for fitness enthusiasts.
Microgreens are full of Power
Microgreens are virtually the first tiny parts of the plant that comes out of the ground. The plant is not yet a Microgreen until it has two or best a third leaf which appears about 7-10 days later. At this time, it has more nutrients, and especially phytochemicals, like carotenoids and vitamins, than its mature relatives.
The microgreens of red cabbage, for example, have the highest concentration of vitamin C according to studies, the plantlets of radish contain a lot of vitamin E. This is because they need a lot of power to grow. That’s why now is the best time to harvest and eat.
You should consume Microgreens raw to benefit from the high content of vitamins. However, they have a much more intense or different taste than full-grown vegetables. Therefore people often only use them for seasoning or decorating.
The tiny vegetable or herb seedlings are very well suited as a salad ingredient, topping on soups or vegetable dishes and also as an ingredient in smoothies and other raw food dishes.
Also, you can sprinkle a sandwich with the eye-catching microgreens and have a new taste experience. Once you start growing the seedlings, you will always find new ideas to use them.
Planting Microgreens DIY
Since not every market offers the plantlets, it is easiest to plant them on your windowsill. All you need is a small plastic container, for example, from strawberries or mushrooms from the supermarket, which you fill with soil. Soak the seeds of your choice for a few hours in water. Then make small grooves in the earth, in which you put the seeds. Cover with soil and moisten it every day again with a plant sprayer.
If you put a seed in water, it will soak up and burst its shell, activating enzymes and nutrients. You can harvest a Sprouts from the third day. However, if you allow them to grow under the influence of daylight, microgreens will develop. From about the fifth day appear tiny cotyledons, which you can harvest from about the seventh day.
Incidentally, microgreens are not to be confused with sprouts because you also consume the root part of them. You can use vegetable seedling called microgreens as a delicious ingredient for various dishes and also use it to decorate your dishes.
It is even easier to use a Microgreen Starter Kit especially if you just want to start growing.
Get inspired by the recipes below.
Microgreens Are Delicious And A Healthy Superfood
How to make your kitchen a plant-based garden. Avocado Dumplings, Thai Fresh Rolls & Homemade Coleslaw!
Eating healthy is easy with this beautiful and fresh zucchini salad tossed with micro greens, fresh lemon and edible flowers.
You can use whichever lettuce and veggies you love, just finely chop or shred as many as you can muster and toss together with this dreamy tahini.
Grow some sprouts! You can do this year-round, from the comfort of your own kitchen. I tend to forget about sprouts until I start craving the fresh + crunchy greens in the beginning of spring.
This strawberry microgreen salad is perfect– it’s sweet, has small easy-to-chew microgreens, and is peppered with sliced strawberries and candied walnuts.
This salad is so full of healthy, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory foods is kind of outrageous (and by outrageous I mean outrageously awesome).
Not only are these smoothies healthy, but the microgreens used in these recipes are quite easy to grow,
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