So, what is a microgreen?

A microgreen is a vegetable or herb green in its first true leaf stage, meaning its first set of leaves (known as the cotyledon leaves). They have the highest concentration of health-promoting phenolic compounds, antioxidants and essential fatty acids during this stage, and the highest nutritional densities compared to the adult plants. They are high in vitamin C, Beta-carotene, Vitamin E and Vitamin K (b). They also contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Microgreens contain high levels of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, K, and minerals manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. The high amounts, and variety of the vitamin and minerals, give these needed nutrients to your whole body, while also increasing the alkalinity of your body. The more alkaline you are, the more your body avoids disease. The protein and fiber content is also increased in microgreens in comparison to the adult plant. Fiber binds to fat and toxins and escorts them out of your body. This is an important process for not only weight loss, but detoxification as well. 

Microgreens really are more than just a garnish – they are a small but mighty super food!

Sources: (a) U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health, (b)  Microgreens: Health Benefits and Nutrition Facts (c)