Not just any green lettuce!

June 24th, 2013

I am giving a lot of thought to the greens I eat lately. I use so many different kinds. Some for sautéing, some to eat raw, some I throw into my daily smoothie. Salad greens are packed with so much nutritional value-more than most people know: Amongst the various salad greens, they provide loads of vitamin C (a head of romaine has more vitamin C than an orange!), Iron, a variety of B vitamins, beta carotene, Vitamin K, minerals: especially potassium, Calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, and believe it or not, protein (up to 7.5 g of protein in some heads of lettuce). There are so many varieties of lettuce out there. I just picked 4 different ones from my backyard garden last night for dinner. That’s only the tip of the iceberg though! Beyond the traditional iceberg, there is romaine, butter head, loose leaf, and many other salad greens such as: arugula, endive, frisee, dandelion, escarole, mache, mesclun, radicchio, spinach and watercress. So many choices! The ones I put into a salad last night were crisp and sweet. They didn’t need much else with them. On that note: watch what you put on them…a bit of extra virgin olive oil and your favorite vinegar will bring out the flavor of the greens quite nicely. Try to stay away from commercial dressings which are loaded with sugar, sodium and unhealthy fats.

One Response to “Not just any green lettuce!”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Your posts r filled with good recommendations and reminders. Although I’m not the as diligent as I could be (actually hardly at all when it comes to “lettuces.”) Today u reminded me that I can add a little olive oil to my balsamic and probably enjoy my salad a little more. Thnx.

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