When you’re feeling poorly, the food you eat can either support or impede your body’s recovery. In particular, foods such as fruits, vegetables, protein sources and healthy fats are needed to boost your immune system and provide the fuel your body needs to start mending itself.
If you own a smart garden, you’re already a step ahead of the game. Of all the foods you can feed your body, fresh homegrown greens are among the most nutritious. In fact, it’s recommended that an adult’s weekly diet should include 1.5 cups of any dark green vegetable, along with 4 cups of other green vegetables. It’s not surprising considering they’re packed with nutrients and help cover for vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies.
Here are 5 powerful greens that can help to support your body’s recovery. Grow them in your Click & Grow smart garden and enjoy as part of a healthy diet.
1. Green Chard
Enjoy green chard knowing it’s a natural source of vitamins A, B, C, dietary fiber, iron, magnesium and potassium. One cup of fresh green chard provides 30mg of magnesium. A cup of baby leaves (36 gr) provides 16% of an adult’s RDA for Vitamin A, 14% for Vitamin C and 332% for Vitamin K.
Green chard sprouts within 2 weeks and lasts for up to 5 weeks. It grows best in room temperatures between 64 °F–86 °F.
2. Pak Choi
Pak choi is a natural source of vitamins A, C, K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and iron. Just one cup of baby leaves is super nutritious, providing 35% of an adult’s RDA of vitamin K, 42% of vitamin C and 10 % of Vitamin B6. It also covers up to 7% of your calcium needs and 5% for other important minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and phosphorus.
You should notice pak choi sprout within 2 weeks. It can last for up to 5 weeks and grows best in room temperatures between 64 °F–75 °F.
3. Leaf Mustard
A natural source of vitamins A, C, K as well as antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber. One cup of leaf mustard (56 gr) provides 13% of your RDA for vitamin E, 50% of vitamin A and will fully cover your vitamin K needs. It’s also a good source of minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium.
Leaf mustard sprouts within 2 weeks and will last for up to 8 weeks. It’s ideal room temperature is 64 °F–75 °F.
4. Romaine Lettuce
A 35 gr cup of romaine lettuce provides 82% of an adult’s RDA for Vitamin K and 14% for vitamin A. It’s also safe to consume in large amounts thanks to its low nitrate levels.
Your romaine lettuce should sprout within 2 weeks and last for up to 5 weeks. It grows best in a room temperature between 64 °F–75 °F.
Mibuna is a natural source of antioxidants and vitamins. One small cup of its fresh leaves (40 gr) provides 13% of your RDA for vitamin A and 8% for vitamin C. It's also a great source of dietary fiber, calcium and iron.
Mibuna sprouts within 2 weeks and can last up to 8 weeks. It’s ideal room temperature is 64 °F–86 °F.
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