Microgreens are collections of especially nutritious vegetables that are harvested when only 1 to 3 inches tall. At this early stage, they contain high concentrations of many heart healthy nutrients compared to their fully grown plant counterparts. Thus, beet, chard, and spinach microgreens among others pack just as much if not more of the antioxidant and other nutrients as the mature vegetable.
We find this to be especially useful scientifically based information and consider inclusion of microgreens in heart healthy nutrition as an easy yet excellent choice. They taste good and can be easily used as additions to soups, and salads or as a garnish on any other food.
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