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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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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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Optimum Nutrition

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
January 5, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Supplements, Vegan

In my NutritionFacts.org videos, Golden glow and Produce, not pills to increase physical attractiveness, I review new research suggesting that consuming dark green leafy vegetables will improve healthy appearance of Caucasians,* because of the deposit of carotenoids in the skin.

Taking those same phytonutrients in pill form, however doesn’t work. We should strive to get most of our nutrients from plants, not pills. The balance of scientific evidence suggests that the healthiest way to eat is a vitamin B12-fortified diet of whole plant foods.

For optimum nutrition, we should be sure to include in our daily diet not only an array of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, and as many vegetables as we can eat, but also specifically dark green leafy vegetables, berries, and white (or green) tea.

Attention should also be paid to these nutrients: …read more of Optimum Nutrition here

 
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Southern Greens and Vegan Sausage

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 20, 2011
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Leafy green vegetables are nutrition all-stars and an excellent source of minerals, such as iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as vitamins K, C, E and many B vitamins.

Leafy green vegetables are also rich in a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Among many other healthful benefits, these organic compounds protect the body’s cells from damage and the eyes from age related disorders. …read more of Southern Greens and Vegan Sausage here

 
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