MAR
16

Sunset Highland Park Welcomes Mighty Microgreens to Shelves

Sunset Highland Park Welcomes Mighty Microgreens to Shelves

Microgreens are small but mighty, packing a huge nutrient punch in each bite. Here’s how microgreens add a pop of nutrition, color, and flavor to your plate.

What are microgreens?
Microgreens are very young greens. They’re harvested somewhere between 7 and 20 days after the seed has begun to sprout. They're only about 3-4 inches long.

Microgreen mix

 

Why are microgreens healthy?
All fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, are very healthy foods. Microgreens take dark leafy nutrition up a notch. Studies show that very young greens have the highest content of vitamins and minerals to weight—even higher than their mature older brothers.

Microgreens achieve this nutrient density because plant germination is an intense process. It begins when a seed meets water and oxygen at just the right temperature. Then the seed rapidly absorbs water and a bunch of nutrients from the soil. Because this nutrient uptake is happening very quickly, and because these plants are still very small, that plant’s first week or two of life is the most nutrient-dense it will ever be.

A study comparing lettuce microgreens to mature lettuce found that microgreens are significantly richer (sometimes up to 9 times richer!) in minerals like iron, manganese, zinc, and selenium. Microgreens are rich sources of antioxidants, too, and contain more different types of antioxidants than their mature older brothers.

What’s special about Fig Trade microgreens?Fig Trade logo
Fig Trade—the microgreens (not figs) on Sunset Highland Park’s shelves—are flown direct from Israel. They’re 100% hydroponically grown. Hydroponic systems allow the grower to control exactly how much nutrients and water the plants receive. Research shows the amount of minerals in microgreens climbs even higher when they’re grown hydroponically.  

Fig Trade does not spray any pesticide on their plants. Instead, they use Integrated Pest Management (IPM)—an agro-ecological approach that introduces “good bugs” into their greenhouses, and the good bugs suppress the “bad bugs”. Hence, no need for pesticides. (Don’t worry, all the greens are carefully inspected to make sure no critters make it into the packaged product.)

Fig Trade microgreens are available at Sunset in thyme, arugula, watercress, basil, cilantro, and parsley varieties.

How do I eat microgreens?
Microgreens can take your meal from ho-hum to gourmet! Here are some ideas...

  • Use them in place of lettuce on sandwiches and wraps.
  • Add them to a smoothie for a flavor and nutrient boost.
  • Swap out some regular greens in your salad for microgreens.
  • Use them in place of fresh herbs.
  • Mix them into pasta for a pop of color.
  • Use them to garnish just about anything! Throw some on top of soups, stews, eggs, chicken, meat, or fish. 

Microgreens salad

 

Stop by the Highland Park Sunset on Sunday, 3/18 or Monday, 3/19, from 11am-3pm to taste the delicousness of Fig Trade microgreens! 

 

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JAN
25

What Does It Mean to 'Eat Clean'?

What Does It Mean to 'Eat Clean'?

Does the idea of chemical-sounding ingredients in your food leave a bad taste in your mouth? You’re not alone. ‘Clean eating’ is sweeping the nation as one of the most popular diet movements. But what does this term really mean?

‘Clean eating’ doesn’t have an official definition, so it means different things to different people. To most, it means choosing foods that are closest to their natural state—also known as ‘whole foods’ or minimally processed foods. More extreme interpretations of ‘clean eating’ may exclude dairy, gluten, or grains from the diet, though this is not recommended without a medical reason.

Often, terms like ‘clean’ and ‘natural’ go hand in hand. A food is ‘natural’ when it lacks artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. While artificial food additives are not harmful (at least not in the quantities that are added to foods), a long list of additives in the ingredient statement is a telltale sign that that food is highly processed. Generally speaking, highly processed foods are less nutrient-dense and are higher in sugar, sodium, and fat than minimally processed foods.

Despite being tested for safety, some shoppers are still skeptical of artificial food additives—for many reasons. Some shoppers distrust food manufacturers, believe artificial additives may be harmful over the long term, or just feel funny about eating something they can’t pronounce. No matter the reason, there are options for those who wish to avoid undesirable ingredients.Wild Harvest Logo

Wild Harvest is Sunset’s line of “free from” foods—all Wild Harvest foods do not contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. In fact, there are hundreds of ingredients that are kept out, click here to view a full list.

Sunset believes simple food is best. Try Wild Harvest and taste how natural flavors speak for themselves. 

 

 

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