Saturday, February 2, 2013

How to Pick the Right Lettuce (#Infographic)

One of my absolute most favorite things to eat is a premixed nut/berry/greens salad from my local grocery store.  I add cheese, sometimes eggs or lunch meat. And I usually go for a yogurt-based honey mustard dressing. Or some Garlic Expressions. It barely costs me a thing, but it offers up a ton of nutrients. From the fruit and nuts, sure. But also from the greens—at the very base of this salad is an awesome mix of healthy greens. 

I'm pretty sure Romain, Red Leaf and Arugula are all present. Not a single Iceberg leaf in sight, and that's fine by me. You know that Iceberg is low in the nutrient department, right? Right...but it's favored by so many. It has a neutral taste, sure. But it's also super cheap which is probably why it's so popular. It's not like you can't eat it, but learn to use it sparingly in your salads. Maybe add it to a bowl full of other (possibly more expensive but definitely more nutritious) lettuce leaves, for example.

Exactly what kind of lettuce leaves should you pick? I always go for Romain. I like the flavor, it seems to hold up against dressings and juices, and it's chock full of just about everything. Here, take a look:

Source: via Tara on Pinterest

Don't shy away from Spinach, either. You can mix it in your salads, but you can also throw it in your smoothies and try cooking it up with some veggies. I know, but it's gross—not really! We hated it as kids, but we've gotta learn to love it as adults! (Lucky for me, my 12MO loves it! Hannah for the win.)

No go, think about the above when you hit the grocery stores this weekend. And while you're at it, have a wonderful Saturday. I'm a little bit snowed in right now. It's a-comin' down. Winter in Michigan, man.

Question: What three things must you always have on your salad?

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