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Week IV Newsletter Tuesday June 6th
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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 BROCCOLI 

Remember back when President Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One?  Broccoli became a hot topic in the world of politics.  Despite the controversy, there is no denying how good broccoli is for your body, therefore putting it into our SUPERFOOD family!
To ensure that you are able to enjoy the MicroGreens of your choice, place your order today!  Order before 10:00 AM Wednesday morning and pick up your living MicroGreens at the Purple Spoon every Wednesday between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00.  Orders placed before 10:00 PM on Fridays are available for pick up at the Circle C Farm Store between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM every Saturday.
Over 15 years ago a scientist working for John Hopkins discovered that broccoli microgreens contained 10 to 100 times more cancer fighting  compounds than adult broccoli.  Here is a great example of why younger is better, in terms of vegetables.

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable.  Like we learned in previous weeks about kale and arugula (both in the cruciferous family), broccoli is high in vitamin A and vitamin C.  What you may not know (I didn't) is that broccoli is high in chromium.  What is chromium?  I had no idea, so I looked it up.  Chromium is essential in balancing blood sugar.  This is directly related to diabetes maintenance and prevention.

Broccoli has anti-inflammatory benefits.  Kaempferol found in broccoli can help lower our risk of chronic inflammation.  Inflammation leads to a myriad of potential health issues and diseases. Broccoli contains fiber and supports gut health.  LDL-cholesterol levels can be lowered by consuming broccoli.  Who doesn't want a healthy heart?  Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in high concentrations in broccoli.  What does that mean?  That means that you are also feeding your eyes when you eat broccoli.  Risks of cataracts and macular degeneration have shown to lessen throw an increase of broccoli consumption.

The list goes on and on.

Broccoli MicroGreens NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size 3 oz (84 g) Servings 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35
Calories from Fat 5 % Daily Value* Total Fat 0.5g 1% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carb 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 6% Iron 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

One of our favorite broccoli recipes is a broccoli infused cauliflower pizza crust.  Try out this simple recipe for a low calorie, low carb, gluten free dish packed with vitamins and nutrients:
 

INGREDIENTS

Yield: Serves 2 to 4

1 medium head cauliflower
2 eggs
1 tsp finely chopped fresh basil
1 tbs finely chopped broccoli microgreens
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella


Instructions
1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
2. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice. 
3. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Carefully overturn the bowl onto the center of a clean dish towel. Fold the sides over to cover the cauliflower and twist the ends to drain the cauliflower of excess water. Remove as much of the water as you can. Be very careful not to burn yourself!
5. Transfer the drained cauliflower to a mixing bowl. Stir in eggs, basil, broccoli, garlic, parmesan, and mozzarella.  Combine into a "dough" ball.
6. Carefully roll out the dough on parchment paper, using your hands to shape as needed.

7. Transfer the pizza crust (with parchment paper) onto a preheated pizza stone, or a baking sheet.  Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add desired toppings.  We like to add a garlic butter sauce and sprinkle broccoli microgreens on top.  Bake an additional 7 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.


These are just a few things that make broccoli a SuperFood in our book and Super beneficial to you.  Eat More Broccoli!!!

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