Are you missing out on this secret superfood?

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

There are food fads then there are legit nutritional powerhouses. In today’s 'foodie culture', it’s hard to tell which is which. In fact, I recently learned that I have been overlooking one of the easiest to grow superfoods on the planet.

Thinking it a hipster-foodie trend to make insta-food pictures look nice, I had no idea I was missing out. Missing out on a food that can have up to 40 times the nutrients of its ‘un-super’ counterparts. I reveal this secret below but first I have a challenge for you.

Are there any foods that you ignore because you think they are all hype and no substance? Let me know in the comments below. Are other secret supers hiding in plain sight?

First, what is a superfood? A food marketed as a superfood is one that has a higher nutrient density than other foods. Superfoods contain high levels of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc.) and few calories. Many foods become trendy because of this high nutrient density. Kale became a rock star in part because of its higher nutrient density when compared to lettuce. Berries are considered superfoods because of their high concentration of antioxidants.

To be clear, the best way to eat healthy is to eat a large variety of fruits and vegetables. Be sure not to remove foods from your diet because they aren’t considered a superfood. Many nutrients work in tandem with one another. You get the most benefit when you consume many different types of fruits and vegetables. Learn more about this "nutrient synergy", in this science-based blog post: Cucurbits are Great - Synergy is Better.

Ok, so what is the wonder food I'm so excited about? The tiny but mighty microgreen!

Microgreens are immature greens produced from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. They are small (1-3 inches tall), and young (generally harvested only 7-14 days after germination). When you eat microgreens you are eating the earliest leaves to sprout on the plant.

Microgreens became popular largely due to the large variety of flavors, colors and textures that can be grown and added to soups, sandwiches, main dishes, and even smoothies. They are also often used as a garnish. Many have vibrant colors and are affordable to grow in large qua