Vegucation: Microgreens

We are excited to be including sunflower sprouts from Healthy Habits in Riceville, TN in your box this week.

Healthy Habits Wheatgrass and Microgreens has recently relocated to a farm off County Road 47 in Riceville.  Owner Kristy Kiser began her journey as an organic grower several years ago on Florida’s Space Coast.   A Chattanooga area native, Kristy moved to Melbourne, Florida in 2000 and discovered the many juice bars and vegan cafes where she was introduced to wheatgrass, microgreens and the power of nutrition to heal our bodies.  Growing one tray of wheatgrass for her family evolved into a business which now includes frozen wheatgrass juice, sunflower shoots and several other types of microgreens.

Read about the 11 benefits of sunflower sprouts by Natural Society.  Sunflower sprouts can be eaten raw and often seen as garnish, but you can use it to replace lettuce. Put in on sandwiches, add to salads, or to just about anything.

1. Sunflower greens offer one of the most balanced forms of a complete plant protein around. They provide all the essential amino acids and help to repair muscle tissue while supporting the enzymes of the body to do their jobs as well.

2. Sprouted sunflower greens, known as microgreens, also contain up to 100 times the enzymes of regular, full-grown greens. This means your body can more easily assimilate important phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

3. Sunflower greens are full of folate (folic acid), and B complex, vital nutrients for pregnant women and a developing baby.

4. High levels of antioxidants in sunflower greens can aid in heart health, slow aging, and support cellular recovery. High levels of vitamins C, E, and selenium can even reduce high blood pressure and improve arterial health.

5. Sunflower greens are packed with nutrition and have very low calories, so they are a perfect food for those who want to lose weight.

6. Sunflower greens contain lecithin which help to break down fatty acids in the body.

7. They also contain vitamins A, D, and E as well as important minerals including calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.

8. Eating sunflower seeds or greens helps to boost your reproductive health by providing the body with ample zinc. Zinc also works with over 300 enzymes in the body to keep things running smoothly.

9. Sunflower greens are incredible for boosting immunity. Leafy green sprouts, especially those of the sunflower variety are essential to creating innate lymphoid cells (ILC) important immunity-boosting cells found in the lining of the digestive system that help to keep our gut bacteria healthy. Many people realize by now that gut health is the primary form of fighting disease and foreign invaders in the body.

10. Sunflower sprouts are full of essential fatty acids that are needed to make a plant burst out of its seed shell. Start sprouting to receive up to 900% more nutrition from your food.

11. All sprouts, including sunflower sprouts are full of chlorophyll – the same substance which makes plants turn green. In human beings, this one constituent keeps our blood healthy, reduces inflammation, calms the nervous system, revitalizes tissues, and balances pH levels in the body.

*Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

Meet the Author

Michele Reneau

Michele and her husband relocated to Chattanooga, TN from Charleston, SC in 2009. Leaving a successful real estate career upon relocation, and shortly after became a mom, she transferred her passion of helping people into health matters. She became a Certified Health Coach and enthusiast for local real food. Michele is the Chattanooga Chapter leader of the Weston A Price Foundation. The Reneaus who now have 4 children started a family farm in 2015 on Signal Mountain. Michele loves to cook, eat and teach others about real food.