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6 Essential Nutritional Benefits You Need to Know About Microgreens

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Introduction

It is always better and safe to consume homegrown vegetables. Microgreens are a nutrient-dense food. Everyone is aware that vegetables and green veggies are considered to be rich in nutrients; proper intake of a balanced diet keeps an individual healthy and fit.

Are you looking to add some extra nutrition to your diet?

If yes then, microgreens are best to start with.

Microgreens may be one of the latest healthy but expensive food in restaurants. Microgreens are small baby green saplings that are harvested when the germinated seeds have developed tiny roots and at least their first true leaves are grown which is within 6-7 days after sowing. They have similar health benefits to sprouts, but microgreens are more nutritious.

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Most Prominently Used Seeds for the Preparations of Micro-greens

Mustard seeds

Horse gram

Black ChickPeas (Bengal Gram)

Kale

Radish

Green gram

Mustard

Amaranth

Lettuce

Spinach

Black Eyed Peas

Wheat

Basil

Parsley

Cabbage

Beetroot

Carrot

Spinach

Melon

Squash

Sunflower

Finger Millet

Cucumber

 

 

Microgreen are wrapped with high nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, fiber and rich in phytonutrients but low calorie

6 Nutraceutical Insights of Microgreens

Phytonutrients

Phyto-nutrients are chemicals that keep the human body healthy. Microgreens contain Polyphenol. Humans cannot make phytochemicals and we, therefore, depend on green leafy vegetables to get the healthy phytonutrients we need to protect us from free radicals. Small plants having 5 to 6 tiny tender leaves can contain up to 100 times more phytochemicals than their mature plants. Daily consumption of such microgreens makes humans healthier.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants help the body remove unstable waste molecules known as free radicals. Due to the rich source of antioxidants in microgreens, it can prevent anti-aging in the human body.

Beta-Carotene

We are aware that orange or Carrots are rich in beta carotene. But some microgreens are loaded with beta-carotene more than that of the vegetables and fruits.

Red cabbage, red sorrel, cilantro, pepper cress, green basil, amaranth microgreens, all these contain more beta-carotene than raw carrots.

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Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic diet focuses on eating a low carbohydrate, high fat, and adequate protein in a meal. This helps our body to burn fat instead of glucose from carbohydrates. Microgreens of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli are the best examples for the Ketogenic diet.

Vitamins

Vitamin K also offers health benefits for humans by encouraging blood clotting and preventing excessive bruising. The maximum levels of vitamin K are available in amaranth microgreens. So consumption of such microgreens fills Vitamin K into the body.

Minerals

Numerous varieties of seeds can be used to prepare the microgreens; Hence the surplus amount of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, Zinc, Iron, Calcium are obtained by using microgreens in our balanced diet.

Secret tips

  • Microgreens can increase pretty color, adds delicacy to the food, enhance flavor, and add texture to any dish.
  • Always choose healthy seeds.
  • Main a neat and tidy space to grow these microgreens.
  • Avoid adding more water.
  • Mix different seeds to get a colorful microgreen texture.
  • Tasty rice items such as biriyani, fried rice can be prepared.
  • Baby plants can be used to garnish salads, pizzas, cutlets, soups to add nutritional value to a juice as a side to any main dish.

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Take Away

Microgreens can be a fun and practical way to add fresh, nutritious produce to food. Growing microgreens can be a practical and economical way of presenting fresh healthy food. This tiny green pack is a big nutrient-filled delicious punch. These edible nutritious microgreens are very easy and simple to grow as it does not require much space. They can be grown outdoors, or as an indoor baby plant and even on your balconies. Microgreens are one of the profitable crops you can grow and sell. As it requires a little space, it is gown rapidly and gained lot of demand.

The key to maintaining healthy body weight is to consume foods healthy with low calories and extremely rich food with multiple nutrients.

Before I conclude, I want to throw away a question! Do you want to know how to grow this nutritious vegetable confetti which is also known as Microgreens!? Waiting for your queries.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Sneha Bhat

Comments

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on November 02, 2020:

Thank you Mr. Umesh Sir for reading my article and leaving a comment.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 31, 2020:

Very informative article.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on July 12, 2020:

Thank you so much Mr. Shivaprakash sir for showing interest in reading my article. I am overwhelmed by your kind words.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on July 02, 2020:

Thank you, Ms. Manuela Madam, for taking kneen interest in reading my article. I am glad to see your comment here. Wow, it is nice to know that you grow your veggies and fruits at home and give importance to homegrown products. Growing microgreens at home are very simple and easy. Please try it and let me know the feedback. Thank you again.

Manuela from Portugal on July 01, 2020:

I didn't know what microgreens are. We grow our own vegetables and fruits and after seeing your table I think I can manage to have my microgreens. Thank you for this great article.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 28, 2020:

Thank you Mr. Rajan sirji for your valuable comment...

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 25, 2020:

You have laid out the benefits of microgreens very well. They are a great way to increase the nutritional value of whatever diet one presently takes. Thanks for sharing this information.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 15, 2020:

I am so glad that you liked my article Mrs. Sowrabha madam. We have a strong bond towards homemade recipes. When such expensive, highly nutritious food can be prepared at home, then I think, we should not miss the opportunity.

Before i conclude, Yes, I will definitely publish an article about how to grow microgreens at the earliest. Thank you for glimpse into my article.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on June 13, 2020:

Hi Sneha, a thoroughly enjoyable and educational read. Thus article was a revelation to me. I know a little bit about microgreens and knew it a new revolution in foods and contains loads of micronutrients.. but here I learnt that it is infact more nutritious than its matured version and also the variety of micro greens that can be grown. Answering your question at the end , it would be useful to know how to actually cultivate micro greens. Thank you!!

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 12, 2020:

Thank you Shree Krishna sir for your comment. You have rightly pointed out that, it is better to add these tiny plants in our food to enhance more nutritional value to our diet.

I will be certainly writing an article on how to grow MicroGreens

SHREEKRISHNA SHARMA HALEMANE from MANGALORE on June 11, 2020:

The article gave very god information on microgreens. With a very high content of nutrients and micronutrients, it will be an ideal top-up to our daily intake of normal food. Like to know how to grow it in our garden or grow bags.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 11, 2020:

I am glad to read your comment Nikhil Sir. It gives me immense pleasure that you have made your mind to start growing it and using it.

These baby plants add more beauty to your balconies by its green texture

Nikhil Sharma from India on June 11, 2020:

That was an extremely informative and in-depth article about micro-greens presented in a well-formatted and easy language. After reading this article, I came to know that we can grow these baby plants outdoors, indoors, or even in the balconies. I will try to tell my parents about the importance of micro-greens so that we can grow at home. Thank you so much for this superb article, Ms. Sneha.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 10, 2020:

Thank you Geetha madam for liking ny article. Even I believe that ,if something can be prepared easily at home,then we should grab the opportunity and adopt it.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 10, 2020:

Very happy to see your comment, Ms. Ashwin mam. You said it right, when microgreens are grown by us at home, we need not bother about hygiene or other food quality aspects..

As per your query, I will definately write another article about how to grow microgreens.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 10, 2020:

Thank you Mrs Cijini mam for your valuable comment. Growing microgreens at home is simple and easy so , I request everyone to start using this baby plants in their food..

Geetha k on June 10, 2020:

Very well written.Very informative and easy to adopt in day to day life. Looking forward to more from your pen.Best wishes

Ashwini Kini from Dakshin Kannad on June 10, 2020:

Very well written article depicting the importance of micro-greens. Growing it ourselves is a gift that we can give to ourselves. This article is encouraging. Certainly yes we would like to know how to grow. In addition to the health benefits, when grown indoor will give a very good feel and ambiance at home as well. Thank you Ms.Sneha. Waiting for your next article.

Cijini karan on June 10, 2020:

Superb informative article sneha....you clearly added the information of microgreens....in today's situation , homegrown nutritious food should be consumed for overall health maintenance...keep on writing such valuable articles...

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 10, 2020:

Thank you Murali Sir for reading my article. I highly appreciate your patience in commenting on this article.

Yes, when some great tricks can work so well at home then, we must try implementing it to get great results.

Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on June 10, 2020:

More important than what quantity we eat, how balanced do have is determining our health and activities. If one reads this article and starts to grow on his own, it wil be a health insurance at home. One should really read this article and consider it from inclusive life. It has three benefits. Worthy time spent on the various activities, idea of healthy individuals giving healthy economy for the country, and personal and family nutrition security. Great article on microgreens, Ms Sneha.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 10, 2020:

Thank you so much Ericdierker sir for reading my article and leaving a comment...

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 10, 2020:

I like this, it has a lot of good information. I will pay more attention on the matter.