There are many types of lettuce. Nutritionally speaking, the more colorful or darker the leaf, the more nutritional value it has. Iceberg does not offer much besides hydration and some fiber. Romaine is an excellent choice, containing double the nutrients (including plant protein) than iceberg, and this time of the year is perfect on the grill. There are so many ways to fix a salad, I am always bewildered when I hear someone comment that they are sick of them.
Did you know lettuce:
- Heart healthy
- Low in calories and actually helps weight loss and maintenance
- Omega 3's
- High in fiber
- Low glycemic
- Calming to the body and may help you sleep
- Living plant
Lettuce is a very healthy part of the diet for most.
Store wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag. I like to soak in a veggie wash and spin dry, first. I separate layers of lettuce with a sheet of paper towel and seal in a large ziplock baggie.
Thoroughly wash your lettuce and serve, or wilt with a warm dressing, grill, saute, use as a wrap...
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-Dawn Swope, CHHC