What are microgreens?

As the name suggests, microgreens are vegetable and herb seedlings less than 14 days old. They are younger than baby greens (i.e. baby spinach, baby kale) and older than sprouts (i.e. bean sprouts). They have been gaining in popularity in recent years due to their high nutrition content and ability to garnish many dishes with bright colors.

Health benefits

These tiny, vibrantly colored greens, pack even more nutrients that their adult versions. One research study measured the amount of four groups of vitamins and other phytochemicals – including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene in 25 varieties of commercially available microgreens (i.e. daikon radish, arugula, cilantro, and basil). The results showed that microgreens had four to six times more nutrients than their adult counterparts.

Phytonutrients are known for their beneficial health-promoting properties, such as including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Thus, incorporating them into a healthy diet could be beneficial for Americans. Especially since only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables to meet the daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals.

Where can I buy microgreens?

Some stores like Whole Foods sell microgreens. However, unless you live in a larger city, you will likely have trouble finding them at your local supermarket. Many people like to grow their own microgreens. Given this, microgreens are showing up more frequently at local farmer’s markets these days. The short germination and life span make it easy to grown them in small spaces, and indoors. You can also order them online.

Ways to incorporate microgreens into your diet

Microgreens make an excellent ingredient or garnish for soups, salads, and sandwiches. Try one of these easy recipes:

Three-ingredient Pea Soup. An excellent source of protein, fiber, and Vitamin A.

Microgreens with Strawberry-Lime Vinaigrette. An excellent source of protein, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron.

California Club Sandwich. An excellent source of protein, fiber, unsaturated (healthy) fat, Vitamin C, and Iron.

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