Microgreens have become so popular lately. It seems like I see or hear about them everywhere. Microgreens are baby vegetable greens (or plants) that are harvested about two weeks after sprouting from their seeds. This is just after the first set of leaves develops. After I looked into what these greens were, I bought some at my local health food store. These amazing little plants are so healthy and tasty that I started growing them on my own.
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4 Reasons You Should Be Growing Microgreens:
- Microgreens are very healthy: These young plants are filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Afterall, the seeds that sprout these greens are filled with all the nutrients needed to fuel the growth of new plants. In fact, research shows that because these plants are so small, more nutrients are packed into them than their more mature versions.
- Microgreens are versatile: These tiny plants can be eaten by themselves or with virtually anything else you’d like to add them to. Just a few of the ways they can be eaten: on sandwiches, avocado toast, in any kind of salad, any kind of eggs, in soup or broth, in smoothies or juice, in hummus or dips, with pasta, sprinkled on any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The other day, I mixed them in sweet and sour sauce and scooped them up with my eggrolls. I’ve even added them to the top of fresh, soft oatmeal cookies. They were so delicious!
- Microgreens taste good: The baby greens of a particular vegetable taste similar to the grown version of themselves, but have a lighter and more delicate flavor and texture. Some have a slight crunch and a nuttiness to them. Yummy.
- Microgreens are easy to grow: One reason microgreens are easy to grow is that they don’t require a lot of space. They can be grown outside or inside on the smallest of windowsills. Seeds can be planted in just a few inches of soil. I also like to use peat pots or peat pellets. The pellets are especially convenient to use. Microgreens can also be grown hydroponically. Just recently, I started using Hamama Microgreen seed quilts, which grow hydroponically. Sometimes growing microgreens hydroponically can be tricky, but I’ve had good luck with them.
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Microgreens are an easy and tasty way to add a burst of vitamins, minerals, and green healthiness in a hurry to almost any food or meal of the day. The list is endless. Why not get creative?! Any one of these 4 Reasons You Should Be Growing Microgreens are reason enough to grow these baby greens for yourself. You could get started this weekend and have a harvest of microgreens in just a couple of weeks!
Do you grow microgreens? I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you have to share!
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.