Microgreens are gaining in popularity, proving to have health benefits, recently are making their way in health food stores, whole foods markets, and just about any specialty store, but what are microgreens?
What are microgreens
Microgreens are the young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs. They are significantly smaller in size and range around 1-3 inches in length. Microgreens can be used in a number of different ways and are becoming more popular with chefs around the world.
Studies reveal that microgreens are much more nutrient dense, far superior in nutritional value than their mature counterpart, and pack a more intense flavor in such a small bite. The nutrients found in microgreens can provide some sort of health benefits that are important for your eyes, skin, and fighting cancer.
What are the different types of microgreens?
There are many different types of microgreens to include: kale, sunflower, red cabbage, beet greens, watercress, arugula, cilantro, parsley, basic, and chives.
Microgreens can be used in a variety of ways to enhance any meal. Highlighted below are ways in which you can use microgreens:
- Garnishes for soups
- Add additional elements to a salad
- Add some crunch to a sandwich
- A little something to nibble on as a raw vegetable snack
What are the nutritional facts about microgreens?
Microgreens prove to be a healthy part of any diet and scientific research is proving that these little wonders are becoming the new superfood that is packing a real punch filled with antioxidants and other health benefits, but what are the facts?
Below are some known facts that microgreens are not only good, but good for you:
- Microgreens are more nutritious
- Microgreens are filled with Vitamin C
- Microgreens have lots of Beta-Carotene
- Microgreens are a great source of Vitamin E
- Microgreens contain Vitamin K
Finally, microgreens are a great addition to any healthy diet that takes far less time to grow and harvest as compared to their mature counterparts, making this a no brainer. Not only will you gain significant, nutritional value from eating these tiny superfoods, your food will taste better because of them. I leave you with a great recipe for you to try along with your next meal. Enjoy!
Microgreens salad recipe that will liven up any meal
In a large bow mix the following:
2 cups of your favorite microgreens
5-7 thinly sliced grape tomatoes
1 avocado cut into small cubes
1/2 cup of carrot shavings
In a separate small bowl (mix the following and drizzle over salad):
2-3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
2-3 caps of vinegar
1 tsp of dill
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of pepper