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Are Microgreens Healthier?

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 5, 2013
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens, seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have gained popularity in upscale markets and restaurants.[1]

Just a few inches tall, these microgreens boast intense flavors and vivid colors, but what about their nutritional content? No one knew until now.

For instance, we’ve known for quite some time that baby spinach leaves have higher levels of phytonutrients than mature spinach leaves.[2] What about really baby spinach that may be just a week or two old? …read more of Are Microgreens Healthier? here

 
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Kale, The Queen of Greens

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 22, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Kale is a leafy green powerhouse that delivers more nutritional value for fewer calories than just about any other food. Thought to have originated in Asia, kale has been cultivated for more than 2000 years and was introduced to Europe around 600 B.C.

Kale has a lively pungent flavor, somewhat like a cross between cabbage and spinach with delicious, peppery notes. A great addition to soup or a sauté, kale can be braised, baked, marinated or blended into a green smoothie.

This richly colored leafy green vegetable can be red, black, purple or green. Curly kale is sweet and mild with ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk and the most common type found in the produce section.

One of the best sources of vitamins A, C and K, kale is a very good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Just one cup of cooked kale contains more then 1000 percent of the daily value of vitamin K and more than 150 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and beta-carotene. …read more of Kale, The Queen of Greens here

 
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Grow Your Own Superfood: Kale

By Toni Salter
May 16, 2012
File under: Gardening, Greens, Healthy Eating, Organic

Whenever I sell organic seeds at the farmers’ market, I usually sell out of the typical seasonal vegetable seeds by the end of the day. Lately, however I have been selling all of my kale seeds within the first hour or two.

Why is it that kale has become so popular?

Generally, kale has not been among the most popular of vegetables and most mothers have to nag their children to eat their greens. These days, however there seems to be a real rush on this green vegetable.

Many nutritionists and natural therapists recognize the health value of eating kale. Baby boomers are not prepared to simply accept declining health and the younger ‘green generation’ is becoming more aware of the dangers of a nutrient-poor fast food diet.

 

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Green it is!

The deeper the color, the more beta-carotene and kale has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. Kale provides many health benefits and its dark green color is a good indicator that it is rich in iron, potassium and calcium as well as vitamins A and C.

Kale comes up quickly and is really easy to grow at home. It’s like having a power pack growing right at your backdoor. …read more of Grow Your Own Superfood: Kale here

 
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Top Ten Salad Greens to Grow at Home

By Toni Salter
March 27, 2012
File under: Gardening, Greens, Salads

Throw out the iceberg lettuce and bring on the Asian Greens and Rainbow Chard for a tasty change to your usual salad.

Salads don’t have to be boring.  With the range of flavors, textures, shapes and colors of salad greens that you can grow at home, you can be enjoying your own delicious salad picked fresh from your garden, every day of the week.

Salad greens can be grown anywhere, in a pot, in the veggie patch or even in a community garden.  All you need is a little bit of sun and a little bit of space and you can grow your own salad in just 6 short weeks.

Just like a good wine or herbal tea, a salad needs to be balanced in flavor to make it a complete taste sensation.  Flavor suites include sweet, spicy, savory, anise and lemon. …read more of Top Ten Salad Greens to Grow at Home here

 
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Scrumptious Superfood Smoothie

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 19, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Superfoods are, by definition nutrient dense and calorie sparse. Flax seeds are a bona fide superfood and may look tiny, but they are potent! Flax is an ancient plant and the best plant-based source of omega 3 fatty acids on the planet.

Studies have shown many diverse health benefits associated with omega-3s like reducing the risk of heart disease[1] [2]and stroke and flax contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Great for the heart – Good for digestion!

Flax is very rich in phytoestrogens called lignans, which have been shown in numerous studies, to block hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast[3] and prostate cancer[4]. …read more of Scrumptious Superfood Smoothie here

 
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