We all know that the traditional “fast food” culture of In and Out, on the run, does not paint a pretty health picture. Obesity and diabetes rates in our youth and children are at their highest levels ever, nationally and in the Western world. We have more toxic food, less enzymes (needed for every chemical function in the body) and less minerals (cell builders) in our bodies, more and more technology and radiation, less exercise, all of which contribute to a slower metabolism and digestion, and clogged bodies and minds.
So, what do Microgreens have to do with it ? They are the most nutritious food available, on earth, and are ready to eat with in 7 – 14 days.
A new meaning of Fast Food, reversing effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, while engaging the kids in learning about growing food and making something for themselves. They are grown in soil vs. sprouts (a germintaed seed) which are grown in air and water. They are cut just above the soil line when the first two leaves pop out – this is when they are at their maximum nutrition, ready to be harvested (having maximum chlorophyll from the sun and minerals from the soil). Sunflower sprouts are the typical MICROGREEN that we see sold in stores.
They are really easy to grow, all you need is a tray, good organic soil, some seeds, water, sunlight and two weeks.
I tested a microgreen ‘green smoothie’ on a 12 year old who said it looked yucky but tasted great due to the greens taking on the flavor of the yummy things in the smoothie, like blueberries or banana. They are a more nutritious and tasty alternative to lettuce and greens in salads or sandwiches too. Red cabbage microgreens have 40 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin C than mature red cabbage. Cilantro microgreens have three times more beta-carotene than mature cilantro.
Amazing Benefits of Microgreens:
Energy booster, Stablizes energy, lose excess weight & keep fit, beat aging by becoming more alkaline, reverses acid guts, lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels, improves digestion, reduces inflammation, balances electrolyte levels, improves hydration, increases lean muscle, helps lower blood pressure, speeds injury recovery, and improves digestion & sleep.
Unbelievably, the first scientific research was just published in August 2012, for the study of the nutrition of microgreens and how it can prevent childhood obesity and diabetes as well as other dis-eases. * DC Central Kitchen Chef Alli Sosna, developed a microgreens program to combat obesity in one of the lowest urban income areas in America.
If you’d like to build your own ‘growing station’, we are offering a FREE workshop at the end of January to build your own Microgreens mini-garden for home. Sign up on our Facebook page; LIKE us and you are enrolled. Once we have 10 people signed up, we’ll create the event. Join the Fast Food Revolution!
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