Superfood of the Week: Lettuce

mixedlettuce-SliceOfChicEven ten or fifteen years ago, “lettuce” was synonymous with iceberg lettuce, usually served bland and limp in “house salads” around the country, but these days, you’re more likely to find luscious green bunches of Romaine lettuce, Bibb lettuce, and red and green leaf lettuce as alternatives.

Plus, there are all the other leafy greens in the produce section of the supermarket like arugula, dandelion stems, and other mixed greens to give you even more options!

  • Low calorie, sometimes as low as 15 calories per serving!
  • Depending on the variety, many types of lettuce are a good source of vitamins A, C and K, beta carotene, folate, and calcium
  • High water content: lettuce is a perfect option to help you stay hydrated through the warm spring and summer months!

Source: Everyday Food, May 2012 issue

Darlene Levenson’s article in Yahoo Voices

How To Work It Into Your Meals

Lettuce is most commonly the base for salads, but don’t feel limited by that! Lettuce makes a great addition to soups, stews, roasts, and wraps.

If your family tends to lean on carbs as a staple, lettuce can be a great way to liven and green up your sandwiches, or you can substitute it for bread or tortillas and make it a wrap!

One of the biggest complaints about lettuce is that it’s tasteless. A good way to get it into your meals without having to douse it in dressing is to add it to a soup or stew. It will take on the other flavors like from the spices and broth, so it won’t seem so lackluster to those picky eaters.

Wrap it up! Check out a great lettuce wrap recipe to bring on a family picnic or barbecue!

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