For Iowa Avenue’s last vegetable for National Nutrition Month, how could we not include what’s eaten virtually for every lunch and dinner around the world?
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Lettuce, especially romaine is among my favorite foods.
Eating lettuce is one of the best ways you can lose weight, without feeling hungry. Because by eating more you can weigh less; lettuce is one of those foods that you can eat a lot of, and that doesn’t put on a lot of weight.
One of the key components to a healthy diet is eating a salad for lunch and/or dinner everyday.
Lettuce roots literally started out as a weed around the Mediterranean. Served in dishes for more than 4500 years, lettuce has certainly made its mark in history with tomb painting in Egypt and identification of different types of lettuces by various Greek scholars. Christopher Columbus introduced lettuce to the new world which led to its cultivation in the United States.
Most dark greens are good sources of Vitamin C and other nutrients. A basic rule of thumb is the darker the greens, the more nutritious the vegetable.
Lettuce (Romaine, Shredded)
Serving Size 1 cup chopped, raw (56g)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Penn State has created a great guide about lettuce’s nutritional benefits, along with recipes, and instructions on how to grow your own. It’s in PDF and completely printable: Lettuce
Here’s a recipe for you to try:
Honey Mustard Dressing
In a small bowl, whisk the Dijon mustard, honey, soy sauce, yogurt, garlic powder and dill weed together until well blended. If it’s too thick, add a little fat free milk.
After you finish making your salad and having dinner, but before you begin cleaning up, take a look at this video. It will give new meaning to Sweeping the Kitchen………………………..:)
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