Microgreens and the brain
The world is a complicated place. We are asking our children to make important decisions, learn new concepts, react quickly to new information, and grow emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually each and every day. Taking care of their own nutritional needs in order to give their mind and bodies the tools to grow is one of the most important lessons we can give them.
What our children eat affects the rest of their lives. If there is one single reason that The Mighty Microgreen exists, it is because I care about the future of our children. Microgreens are part of a healthy diet pattern that needs to begin at a young age for results that will last a lifetime. Growing and protecting our brains must start young.
The Mighty Microgreen Adventure is a fun, STEM-based, hands-on learning system. Created for home or classroom use, it inspires children ages 3-11 to grow their own microgreens indoors, eat the tiny vegetables that they grow, and make better nutritional choices throughout their lives.
There is no single ‘super food’ that magically makes one smarter. Microgreens are not a magic bullet, but they are an important part of a micro-nutrient-rich diet and micronutrients are what is lacking in many meals. Nutritionists tell us that to improve memory, boost brain function and help keep the brain in top shape, a healthy, varied diet is essential. Microgreens are a valuable part of a healthy diet.
A healthy dietary pattern includes lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. The best foods to boost brain function are the same ones that grow and protect a healthy heart, blood vessels, and all of the body parts that make it possible to move, think, remember, act, and react. Microgreens have an incredible amount of the nutrients needed for brain health such as vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. Research shows that leafy greens, including microgreens, improves cognitive test scores in youth and adults.
And, for those that are not veggie lovers, microgreens are more concentrated than full-grown vegetables ( up to 40% more!) so you don’t have to eat nearly as much.
Microgreens are easy to grow- easy enough that a 3-year-old with help can grow them in 10 days on a windowsill. I encourage you to give the gift of life-long health and introduce your children- and yourself- to microgreens!
Pop quiz- what do you think are the top three vegetables consumed in the United States? Tell me in the comments!