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Nutrition from growing your own food blog post

Nutrition From Growing Your Own Food

Growing your own food is a sustainable and environmentally friendly practice, but it can also have significant health benefits. Plus, growing your own food can be more nutritious than buying it from the grocery store. But don't worry - you don't have to have a green thumb or the time if you think about using an indoor smart garden. Or if you are a seasoned gardener, raised beds are awesome for drainage, week control and most importantly - your back and knee health!

Photo of Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 in Beige with lettuce, basil and tomatoes growing

When you grow your own food, you have control over the growing process. You can choose what type of soil to use, what seeds to plant, and what types of fertilizers and pesticides to use (if any). This means that you can ensure that your plants are grown in the healthiest way possible, without any harmful chemicals or additives that are often found in store-bought produce. Or, you can just pop in a plant pod into a smart garden, water it, turn on the lights and let it grow.

Also, when you grow your own food, you can harvest it at peak ripeness. Most fruits and vegetables that are sold in grocery stores are picked before they are fully ripe in order to extend their shelf life. This means that they may not have developed their full nutritional value. When you grow your own food, you can wait until it is fully ripe before picking it, which means that it will have the maximum amount of nutrients possible.

Photo of how to use a Click and Grow smart garden in 3 steps

When you grow with our Click and Grow Indoor Gardens, you can choose togrow a variety of fruits and vegetables. Grocery stores often only carry a limited selection of produce, and some fruits and vegetables are only available seasonally. By growing your own food with an indoor garden, you can have access to a wider variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. This is important because different types of produce contain different nutrients, and it’s important to eat a variety of foods in order to get all of the nutrients your body needs.

Another benefit of growing your own food is that you can control how it is prepared. When you buy food from the grocery store or eat at a restaurant, you don’t always know what ingredients are being used or how the food is being prepared. By growing your own food, you can ensure that it is prepared in a way that maximizes its nutritional value. For example, you can choose to steam your vegetables instead of frying them, which will help to retain more of the nutrients.

Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, which are essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly. Here are some examples of the vitamins and minerals that fruits and vegetables provide and their roles in the body:

  • Vitamin C: Found in citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, broccoli, and peppers, vitamin C is essential for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. It also helps boost the immune system and acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals.

  • Vitamin A: Found in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and mangoes, as well as leafy greens like spinach and kale, vitamin A is important for vision, immune function, and skin health.

  • Potassium: Found in bananas, avocados, and leafy greens, potassium is important for maintaining a healthy blood pressure and heart function. It also helps with muscle contraction and nerve signaling.

  • Fiber: Found in most fruits and vegetables, fiber is important for digestive health and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

  • Iron: Found in leafy greens, beans, and fortified cereals, iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. It also plays a role in immune function and cognitive development.

  • Calcium: Found in leafy greens, broccoli, and fortified plant milks, calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. It also helps with muscle function and nerve signaling.

Overall, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can provide the body with the vitamins, minerals, and fiber it needs for optimal health and wellbeing. Did you notice how many times "leafy greens" were mentioned in this post? Greens are super quick growing plants in our smart gardens. 

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