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Microgreens: Powerhouses of Nutrition and Flavor!

Judy Rienzi

Date: Thursday, Feb 7th

Time: 6-7:15 p.m.

Place: The Greenhouse at Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA

RSVP: By Email to empoweredeatingplants@gmail.com or Facebook event

Judy Rienzi joins us at The Greenhouse to share tips and tricks for growing microgreeens and her knowledge about how they can pack a nutritional punch to a healthy diet. She will profile a couple of microgreens, and demonstrate how you can grow them at home! Some of the delicious and beautiful microgreens you can grow that Judy has experience cultivating include broccoli, radish, pea, and sunflower. She will share techniques for growing microgreens hydroponically and in soil and share how to use them in dishes.

A 2012 study in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 
notes that, “Microgreens (seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs) have gained popularity as a new culinary trend over the past few years. Although small in size, microgreens can provide surprisingly intense flavors, vivid colors, and crisp textures and can be served as an edible garnish or a new salad ingredient.” The study found that, “In summary, the essential vitamin and carotenoid concentrations
of 25 commercially available microgreens varieties have
been determined. In general, microgreens contain considerably
higher concentrations of vitamins and carotenoids than their
mature plant counterparts, although large variations were found among the 25 species tested.”

Judy Rienzi holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner, Integrative Imagery Practitioner, and has certificates in aromatherapy, plant-based nutrition, and vegan nutrition.

Suggested donation $5.00. The Greenhouse Project is located in the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse, 200 Arthur Ave., Scranton, PA in Nay Aug Park. Please meter park on street or park adjacent to greenhouse and ask for a parking pass or in parking lots at Nay Aug Park. (Greenhouse is located southwest end of park across street and down from Geisinger CMC.)


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Veggie garden is planted and a free giveaway from Veggie Republic!

In celebration of my veggie garden finally being planted this week, I’m giving away a free bracelet from Veggie Republic, make that three bracelets–one here on my blog, one on Instagram@theplantbasednurse and one on my Facebook page.

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We had a great chat last night on Engine2extra.com with Veggie Republic founder, Karen Komen. For every bracelet sold, Veggie Republic donates 5 lbs of fresh produce to people in need through food banks. The bracelet is a colorful reminder to eat more veggies, too!

FCS_Koman_0006_square__95609.1414423369.1280.1280For a chance to win here, enter a comment mentioning your favorite veggie. Contest will end on June 17th at 6 p.m. EST. If you win, you will be able to pick from one of the 7 colors available. Share with your friends who love their veggies!

My garden summer 2013

My garden summer 2013

Remember to have fun with your food and enjoy!