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Using Microgreens Turns An Everyday Mom Into A Chef!

Using Microgreens Turns An Everyday Mom Into A Chef!

Have you noticed when you have a meal in an upscale restaurant how signature dishes are topped with miniature, multi-colored leaves?

Microgreens

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Now microgreens are becoming a familiar ingredient in home kitchens, too.  And for good reasons.  Microgreens add great color and great flavor to salads. They are a concentrated nutrient source and packed with beneficial enzymes because of their rapid growth. They are an excellent garnish for meats and other dishes. Congratulations, Mom, you’re now a chef!

Some restaurant patrons (and your family) may mistake them for ordinary garnish.  Just don’t tell them it’s healthy!

What are Microgreens?

They are more mature than sprouts but not quite as large as baby greens. These petite greens seem to be in the middle. As their name suggests, Continue reading

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Tower Garden inventor gives State of the Plant Report

Photo of Tim Blank standing beside a Tower Garden.

Tim Black stands beside one of the Tower Gardens he created.

Horticulturist and futurist Tim Blank shares how the vertical aeroponic Tower Garden hydroponic gardening system revolution is exploding local food, drastically reducing water and chemical use, and shifting the state of the planet. Bob and I where in the audience when Tim Blank give this presentation.

In this talk Tim Blank talks about developing the Tower Garden Tonic taking several years. It actually took seven years to perfect the solution that is now used to provide natural earth elements and minerals to feed the plants. Tower Tonic also includes trace minerals that humans need. When you eat the produce you have grown in your Tower Garden you are also receiving naturally trace minerals benefits, not a man made supplement. My goal is to put a vertical vegetable gardening Tower Garden in everyone’s backyard to make us all healthier from eating home grown produce.

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Healthy Living Positive Effects of Fruits and Vegetables

Photo of kale growing on our Tower Garden.

Kale growing on our Tower Garden that we pick to make our green breakfast shake.

Bob and I often have people tell us how good our skin looks. That we have a healthy glow.

We have always attributed this to taking our  Juice Plus daily and eating lots of fruits and vegetables in our diet.

We have a green shake made with kale and other greens from our Tower Garden, seeds such as flax or chia, rice milk, fruit and 1 scoop of Complete shake mix for breakfast every morning.

For lunch we have another Complete shake which we often add fruit in order to have a variety of flavors. Dinner is mostly a vegetarian meal of more vegetables, fruits and non gluten grains.

I recently read an article that explained why people were noticing our “glow”.

This article explained some of the more noticeable ways the foods we put in our bodies, including fruits and vegetables, can affect how we look, feel, and what we excrete.

If you have ever experienced asparagus pee (characterized by a potent sulfur smell), garlic body odor (when every pour of your body seems to be exuding the stench of garlic), pine nut mouth ( a metallic taste in your mouth), or a nutmeg high (too much is hallucinogenic), you know what I’m talking about.

Most of the food effects discussed in this article are harmless, if less than welcome. But it got Bob and I thinking about the positive effects fruits and vegetables can have on our bodies and what they tell about our overall health.

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Sweet potato skin

What it is: The healthy glow you get from eating lots of sweet potatoes or other carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables.

What Causes It: Carotenoids (the yellow-red pigments in fruits and veggies such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, red peppers, and carrots).

What’s Happening: A diet high in carotenoids has been shown to support skin health by giving your complexion a rosy glow after just six weeks of increased consumption.[1] These plant pigments accumulate in your skin, literally changing its color. That’s a good thing, because carotenoids are antioxidants, which means in addition to making you look better, they’re also protecting your skin against UV damage.

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Blueberry brain

What It Is: The mental clarity you find from eating blueberries every day.

What Causes It: Anthocyanins (the red, blue, and purple pigments in fruits and vegetables like blueberries, purple cabbage, and beets).

What’s Happening: Anthocyanins are thought to increase signaling in the brain. That could be why eating them has been shown to support mental health, improving memory, learning, and mood. [2],[3]

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Apple breath

What It Is: The sweet breath you get from chomping on apples.

What Causes It: Fiber.

What’s Happening: When you eat crunchy, high-fiber foods, your mouth makes more saliva, and the oxygen in saliva inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Apples also support oral health because they’re particularly effective at cleaning your teeth, removing the food particles that bacteria so love.[4]

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Leafy green eyes

What It Is: The visual clarity that comes from consuming plenty of leafy greens.

What Causes It: Lutein and zeaxanthin (the yellow pigments in leafy greens like kale and spinach, as well as some yellow vegetables such as corn).

What’s Happening: Numerous studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin support vision health. Specifically, they protect against age-related macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in people over 55.[5] These pigments actually collect in the macula of the eye, where they act like a shield to filter out damaging UV light.

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Broccoli mood

What It Is: The good mood that comes with being a regular broccoli eater.

What Causes It: Folate.

What’s Happening: Folate, also known as folic acid when consumed in supplement form, is an essential B vitamin. Folate deficiency has been linked to depression. This may be because folate helps the body make neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which support mood health.

While you may not want asparagus pee or pine nut mouth, I’m guessing you’d love to have sweet potato skin, blueberry brain, apple breath, leafy green eyes, and broccoli mood! Have you noticed what positive effects eating fruits and vegetables has on your health? To read the full article click here.

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Tower Garden Strawberries are the best ever

You’ll be amazed at the most luscious strawberries you will grow! Even my berries that are just turning pink taste better than any strawberry from the grocery store! You can buy aeroponic starts in season. Last year, I missed that season so I purchased ever bearing root starts, thoroughly rinsed off the soil, and put them into the rock wool. You can see last year’s post by clicking here.

You know how strawberries send out runners! Those young plants are what you want for next years crop. I let a couple dozen runners develop on last year’s Tower Garden. In the fall, I cut the starts off, planted them, and covered them with straw for the winter. Worked perfectly. Just saved myself a bunch of money with minimal labor!

Here is a short video of this year’s process.

Since we still have an occasional night time freeze Bob put a standard fish tank 20 gallon water heater in the reservoir to keep the roots about 60 to 65 degrees. This further protects the starts and speeds up their growth, I suggest a landscape cloth called “row cover“. It’s a very fine weave material that allows light to pass through and will raise the temperature from 2 to 5 degrees around your plants.

Young strawberry starts ready for spring in my Tower Garden.

Young strawberry starts ready for spring in my Tower Garden.

Small plants are better than mature plants when planting your Tower Garden.

Small plants are better than mature plants when planting your Tower Garden.

Tower Garden covered with row cover fastened  with cloths pins.

Row cover added to protect strawberries from freezing. I secured with cloths pins, but you can use anything.

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Links to past blog posts about growing strawberries in my Tower Gardens.

https://backyardtowergarden.com/2015/03/15/tower-garden-getting-ready-for-new-strawberry-crop/

https://backyardtowergarden.com/2013/10/31/tower-garden-halloween-strawberries/

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Healthy Living Linda’s Fresh Kale Salad

Fresh kale is a bit difficult to chew sufficiently so that our stomachs can digest it and get the full benefit. My recipe tells how to overcome this objection.

Linda's Kale Salad made with chopped apple, onion; sliced almonds, rice vinegar, feta cheese is rich in protein.

Linda’s Kale Salad ready to serve as part of a healthy meal rich in protein.

All ingredients are approximate.

Two cups of packed fresh kale. I like to mix varieties and use the youngest leaves possible.

Tear the leaves in to small pieces. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Massage with your fingers for 1-2 minutes. Cover and set aside for half an hour.

Now add to the bowl

Six varietes of fresh picked kale from my Tower Garden in a pan.

Six varieties of fresh kale picked from my Tower Garden ready for me use in my kale salad.

½ chopped apple

¼ cup chopped red onion

1 Tablespoon of rice vinegar (other vinegars may be used)

1 Tablespoon feta cheese, optional

1 Tablespoon sliced almonds or chopped walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds.

Gently mix and serve.

Converting to more vegan meals? Kale has

Kale in a bowl with olive oil and salt added.

Kale with olive oil and salt added.

-more iron than beef

– more fiber, beef has zero

-more calcium than dairy

– kale contains large quantities of antioxidants, meat has zero

– kale has anti-inflammatory properties, meat’s cause inflammation, as in arthritis and digestive issues.

From a sustainability perspective, kale grows to maturity in 55 to 60 days versus a cow raised for beef for an average of 18-24 months. Kale can grow in most climates and is relatively easy and low impact to grow at home or on a farm. To raise one pound of beef requires 16 pounds of grain, 11 times as much fossil fuel and more than 2,400 gallons of water.

The best tasting kale I have ever eaten I grown in my Tower Garden. Click here now to order your Tower Garden and grow the best tasting kale 30% faster.

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Tower Garden Has Higher Yield University of Mississippi Study Shows

The University of Mississippi published a research paper about growing vegetables in a Tower Garden. The study reveals that plants grown in aeroponic systems show a higher product yield and

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Researchers have confirmed that the Tower Garden by Juice Plus+ grew more, faster than conventional gardens.

comparable antioxidant properties compared to those grown in soil. OleMiss planted 24 Tower Gardens with basil, chard, parsley, red kale, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and squash. The full study can be read by clicking here.

 

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Healthy Living Did you know?

Did you know? Leafy greens like spinach and kale contain magnesium, which is known to help you relax. Good thing Juice Plus+ Garden Blend Capsules have both to help you stay stress-free!

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