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Week V Newsletter Monday June 12th
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Welcome to the weekly edition of Behind the Greens brought to you by the team at Florida MicroGreens

Why MicroGreens?
 
MicroGreens are found to be 4 to 40 times more nutrient dense than their mature counterparts.  Yes...we said 4 to 40 times more!  Results published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry show that most of the critical nutrients including, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein and beta-carotene, to name a few are present in concentrated levels significantly greater than found in the big guys.  What does that mean for you?  That means that adding MicroGreens to your diet will increase your bodies ability to fight off various cancers and diseases.  The benefits of these tiny powerhouses are endless...Stay Tuned each week to find out more benefits and uses.

This week's featured SuperFood is CABBAGE 

Cabbage to me seems to be an overlooked vegetable, yet it may just be the most beneficial to our health, therefore putting it into our SUPERFOOD family!
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Over the last weeks we have been talking about cruciferous vegetables.  We have learned that kale, broccoli, and arugula are jammed pack with vitamins A, C, and K along with so many more things.  Cabbage is also a cruciferous vegetable.  When looking at all the cruciferous vegetables, cabbage seems to come out on top as being the most beneficial to our overall health.  Cabbage is filled with 3 key things that help in the fight against cancer, antioxidants, glucosinolates, and anti-inflammatories.  A study done in Poland has shown that woman that consume cabbage regularly have a reduced risk of breast cancer.

Cabbage also lowers LDL cholesterol levels in the liver.  Cabbage has also been found to reduce triglycerides levels.  Triglycerides are a type of fat that in excess can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a study that showed cabbage microgreens to have the highest levels of vitamin C, with a 100-gram portion providing 147 milligrams – or 245% of the daily value – of this vital nutrient.  For comparison sake, an equal-sized serving of mature raw red cabbage contains 57 milligrams of vitamin C. Cabbage microgreens have 69 times more vitamin K than mature cabbage.

Cabbage is also filled with vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper. Additionally, cabbage is a good source of choline, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, protein and niacin.  

The short list of health problems that can be improved by eating cabbage regularly includes constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, gout, arthritis, eye disorders, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.

One of our favorite ways to eat cabbage is as a salad with steak and eggs.  Try out this simple recipe for a low calorie, low carb, gluten free dish packed with vitamins and nutrients:
 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup cabbage microgreens
1 egg
1 steak (whatever cut you prefer)
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs hemp hearts
1 tbs shredded parmesan

Instructions
1. Grille or pan fry steak to desired temperature.
2. Cook egg sunny side up.  The white should be set and the yolk runny. 
3. Spread cabbage on a plate.
4. Sprinkle chia seeds, hemp hearts, and parmesan over the cabbage.
5. Place cooked steak on the cabbage.
6. Top the steak with your cooked egg.
7. Break the yolk and drizzle over your steak and cabbage.

Delicious, nutritious, and beautiful!!!

These are just some of the things that make cabbage a super SuperFood in our book and Super beneficial to you.  Eat More Cabbage!!!


Sources: 
  1. http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/5/9/733.short
  2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1043661807000321
  3. http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/76/3/797.short
  4. http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/microgreens-nutrition.php#ixzz4jkMOwfVH

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