This week, I sat down with Natalie Paterson, cofounder and CEO of ingarden, to talk about microgreens and their amazing health benefits. Microgreens are the seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs and are packed full of micronutrients. ingarden is a unique hydroponic system that allows you to grow microgreens in your home. Natalie discussed how ingarden works, the benefits of growing your own microgreens, and how to incorporate these nutrient powerhouses into your meals. Natalie was also kind enough to provide me with a discount code so you can get your own ingarden!
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Natalie is a cofounder and CEO of ingarden. Natalie has a background in nutrition and is currently completing her Master of Science in Food Science. She grew up in New Zealand and was inspired by her Māori upbringing to explore the value of growing your own food. In particular, Natalie is drawn to the Māori saying “he kai kei aku ringa,” which means “food from my hands.” For Natalie, this idiom illustrates that in today’s society, there is often no connection between people, food, and nutrition.
After studying food and nutrition in depth, she concluded that growing microgreens at home and directly harnessing their immense nutritional power is the best way to smoothly make people’s lives more nutritious and sustainable. With ingarden, Natalie has found a way to improve our diets through innovative, fresh, and easily accessible food without sacrificing convenience and comfort
The Cliff Notes
Natalie’s roots and how she became passionate about nutrition and health
Nutrition vs. Food Science
Explaining ingarden and how she started the business
What are microgreens and what are some of the benefits of growing your own and including them in your diet?
How do hydroponics work and how it can be a sustainable way to grow microgreens?
Time it takes to grow microgreens using her system