Container-grown microgreens are a delicious alternative to the store-bought products. While not a healthy option, they may still be an attractive option for health-conscious people. Use them as a low-calorie way to add variety to your diet.
Different Types of Microgreens and How They Taste
If you have not been eating the freshest organic vegetables on the market, you are in for a surprise. You might be looking at the label and thinking “is this microgreens or romaine lettuce?”
Microgreens originated from green romaine lettuce grown in Japan. Traditionally, they were served with a tangy dressing made of Japanese soy sauce and ginger.
Container-grown microgreens are a sustainable choice and do not contain any pesticides. They may take longer to mature but their texture is much more tender and easier to eat.
Their lack of water-soluble nutrients (like potassium) is a boon for vegans. These vegetables are low in starch, sugar and sodium. Because of their fiber content, they also help you lose weight.
It’s hard to think of a vegetable that is more versatile than romaine lettuce. Microgreens are no exception. There are different types of microgreens:
* Microgreens that are sprouted have an almost-raw texture. This makes them a tasty alternative to ready-made salads. Add some tossed greens and lemon or lime juice and you have a refreshing summer salad.
* Fresh greens are both nutritious and easily digested. These quick, crunchy, crisp vegetable bites are very low in calories and very low in fat.
* Nuts are an excellent source of protein and provide an energy boost. A scoop of soy protein or almond butter can be added to a bowl of mixed greens to complete a healthy, quick meal.
Beans are a great source of fiber and can be eaten raw, baked, sauteed or steam-cooked. A burrito can be started with chickpeas, which are also easy to cook.
Most fast food and restaurant salads lack flavor. If you want vegetables that really taste like they come from your own garden, try experimenting with these microgreens. You’ll find that some of them taste even better than their container counterparts.
As you learn about the varieties of new microgreens and explore their health benefits, you’ll be wondering how you ever ate the standard greens you were accustomed to. At some point, you will decide to give container-grown microgreens a try.