What are microgreens? Not just a fancy garnish
Microgreens are made from greens that have been harvested before maturation, just seven to 14 days after germination.
The result is a much smaller green, typically between one to three inches tall, with a more intense flavor and highly concentrated nutrient profile. They may be tiny, but are so incredibly nutrient dense, they offer a wide variety of essential nutrients and health benefits.
These tiny greens should not be confused with sprouts, which involves sprouting seeds by soaking them in water to germinate. Although uncommon, sprouts have a higher risk of carrying bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.
Why eat microgreens?
Studies have shown that our diets of mostly processed and refined foods leads to so many health issues. Incorporating a superfood, nutrient dense micro green in meals can significantly increase fresh-whole-food nutrients and improve our diets and our health. We can increase our nutrient intake with small amounts of micro greens!
How can I use microgreens?
- added to boost a smoothies powerful antioxidant benefits
- used in place of lettuce on your favorite "burger", veggie burger, or hot dog
- as a topper for hors d'oeuvres, cheese/cracker topper
- in a mixed green salad
- added to your homemade quesadilla
- used to make pesto sauce
- as a healthy snack
- to add color to your plate
- and so much more ...