Gardening is a Natural Beginning to a Healthier Living.
Gardening is a Natural Beginning to a Healthier Living.
JUST THE FACTS
Our bodies are being damaged inside, invisibly, and mercilessly by toxic chemical additives and hazardous wastes in our air, water, and food supplies. These toxins are returning to us in what we eat, drink, and breathe. Thankfully, much of the internal damage they do heals naturally, like that paper cut on your finger. But, if our body is not adequately nourished, it can’t neutralize and expel these poisons fast enough. They build up in our body and cause invisible damage to our immune system, leading to illness and disease.
A body that is toxic is like a cut with dirt in it. It is contaminated and may not heal properly. There is a food source in nature that is full of concentrated nutrients that can help our body detox and rebuild our immune system. This food source is known as ‘living foods.’
Living foods, such as microgreens, contain concentrated antioxidants in the form of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and plant pigments. These are nature’s protectors, our first line of defense against free radical damage and internal toxic buildup. Unfortunately, most of the foods we consume today are depleted of these essential nutrients. Eating living foods regularly is the best way to heal your body, reverse the damage, and protect against future damage.
Microgreens are grown from the unaltered natural seed of any vegetable or herb. A microgreen is a cut plant at a very young age, before it grows to maturity (I call it the toddler stage). They are harvested in the first few weeks of their life. This is when the plants are the most nutrient-dense and most healthy for us. Some microgreens are even 40 times more nutrient-rich than their mature state. Here are some facts about the healthiest microgreens that I grow:
Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Macro-elements calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Micro-elements iron, copper, and zinc. Benefits include reversing chronic illnesses such as heart disease and type II diabetes. To top this off, broccoli microgreens have sulforaphane. I know, what? Sulforaphane is one of the critical micronutrients in fighting cancer!
Vitamins A and C, and super rich in antioxidants which provide anti-inflammatory and phytonutrients supporting the body’s immune system. They have 7 times as much vitamin C as blueberries and 4 times as much vitamin A as tomatoes.
Vitamins A, B3, B6, C, K, E, folate, potassium, phosphorus, beta carotenes, calcium, magnesium, pantothenic acid, zinc, and traces of manganese. They benefits are improved cardiovascular system, cancer fighting, helps in burning body fat, healthier skin, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reduces stress that can prevent sugar from properly entering cells, and increased glucose uptake of cells thus helping in reducing diabetes.
Vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, K, folate, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and protein. They also contain omega 3’s and omega 6’s for brain health. Sunflower micros activate every cell in the immune system and help to keep gut bacteria healthy. Looking to get pregnant? These babies contain high amounts of zinc, which is the mineral that is essential for development of sperm. And as you can see, they are rich in nutrients that are essential during pregnancy. So..eat your sunflowers micros.
My earliest memory of eating fresh vegetables is at a young age (probably 3 years old) sitting on the front steps of my home in Norfolk, Virginia, in the middle of summer eating a tomato. I loved my vegetables back then and still do.
Fast forward to high school age, and you will find me working our family garden in Belgrade, Montana. I remember the painstaking chore of weeding, but I also remember the enjoyment I got on harvest days. Pulling the carrots out of the ground, taking them to the kitchen to be washed and prepared for dinner that very evening…nothing says farm to table more clearly than that. I believe this is when my love for gardening was sparked, although I didn’t start planting my own garden until many years later.
My agricultural education does not consist of any college courses or degrees. But it does consist of trial and error, personal experience, and the love of planting seeds and documenting all the growth patterns, successes, failures, etc. of every plant I grow. This is how I learn the best, with hands-on experience. It all starts with one seed.
I started my very first vegetable garden while living in a small villa in Lacey, Washington, with the tiniest plot of dirt in my enclosed concrete patio (I believe it may have been about 3’ X 3’.) I decided to try my hand at starting my first garden and thought of a plant that would grow nicely in the shade…rhubarb! Once I successfully grew my rhubarb for a couple years, I knew I wanted to grow more. This passion sparked a container garden that expanded into my driveway. I tell ya, nothing was going stop me at this point. I was getting so much enjoyment out of planting seeds and watching them grow, to harvesting and eating the various vegetables!
5 years later, and a great container garden experience under my belt, I got married to the love of my life and moved to Centralia, Washington. We moved to a home with a huge backyard in a rural setting and all I could see was a future homesteading garden! My husband and I worked as a team and took on the garden adventures head-on, building our Natural Beginnings Garden.
I can attribute my knowledge over the past couple years to other farmers in various regions of the world. From garden projects and self-sustaining processes to plant health and composting, there is a wealth of knowledge to be shared. This is when I realized I wanted to share this knowledge and help others create and build their own gardens. NaturalBeginningsGarden.com is our website we created to help anyone who is interested in learning the basics of gardening.
Knowledge is power and when you share your knowledge to educate others so they can be self-sustaining as well, they too are then empowered to learn and share with others. And so, the cycle begins with a Natural Beginning.
Now that our Natural Beginnings Garden business has taken root and is thriving, I have found myself wanting to do something even more that benefits my life, my health, my finances, and that I enjoy doing. I am ready to leap into the world of Microgreens. Microgreens are the most natural nutrient-packed living food that we can put into our bodies.
As I stated before, it all starts with a seed. But, instead of allowing the plant to grow to its full potential, microgreens are created when the plant is harvested shortly after the sprouting phase. The result is a robust flavor and an ingredient that packs a variety of nutrients and health benefits in a tiny, delicious product. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry states that microgreens have elevated levels of vitamins E, C, and K, as well as concentrated levels of beta-carotene and lutein. Great!!
Learning that microgreens have as much as 40 times more nutrients than the mature plant, it was a no-brainer for me to jump in and start growing them for personal use and selling them to help the community be more health conscious. I now have 15 dedicated shelves for the microgreens in my modest grow room.
I hope by following my journey, you too will be blessed with a healthier lifestyle.
My focus is to grow my weekly subscription and delivery service by attending local farmer’s markets and increasing my direct-customer database. I prefer to work directly with the public and provide microgreens knowledge to include health benefits and how to eat them.
Depending on your taste buds and flavors you like, microgreen will add your favorite flavor to any dish.
If you like spicy foods, add some mustard or radish microgreens to your dish.
If you like more mild flavors, broccoli would be a good choice.
Happier with a little nutty flavor? Sunflower microgreens are for you.
Just think of the grown up version of the food you like, and eat that vegetable as a microgreen (when it is a baby) and you will have the baby version flavor. Simple.
Here is a link to some recipes to try!!
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