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Microgreens – itsy bitsy leaves packed with tons of good stuff

If you’ve been to a fancy restaurant, and ordered a grilled fish or braised scallops, and always wondered, WHAT are the tiny bits of garnish (not coriander or parsley) that are scattered on my plate? 

You’re probably not alone. But these little bitty pieces of greens are also fast becoming popular as part of the dish and not just an after thought! Bet most of you didn’t know –– just a few days past being a sprout, these little seedlings of leafy greens, are packed full of nutrients. 

Forget about kale, and chia seeds and what nots. The superfood of this decade, should be Microgreens. As shown in a 2012 USDA study and several studies since, Microgreens and micro herbs are extremely nutritious, in many case up to 40 times more nutritiously dense than their full grown versions. Most varieties tend to be rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper and a mix vitamins. 

A lot of vegetables contain beneficial polyphenols, which help to fight the build-up of free radicals in the body – polyphenols have also been known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease. A 2013 study found more polyphenols in Microgreens than in regular-sized leafy greens.

In addition, several studies have shown that the nutrients in Microgreens can help lower LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides. Add Microgreens to a well balanced diet and healthy lifestyle with regular physical activity to help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Because Microgreens are seedlings, they are very delicate and can start going bad even on supermarket shelves. Which means, growing your own ensures you get the freshest Microgreens literally farm to fork right at home. Our friends at UrbanSproutz have designed and produced a grow kit that makes it so easy – you get your own yummy Microgreens within a week! 

OH, and one last thing... Come say hi to Deb & Sean this Saturday 15 August, and hang with them as they show & tell you more about these Superhero Superfood!