Usually referred to as “salad greens,” green leafy lettuce is most often served raw and as the foundation for your favorite salad. There are several variations of this crunchy favorite and different types can add quite a bit of texture and flavor to any dish. There are four general categories of lettuce. There is loose-leaf, butterhead, crisphead, and romaine.
The most common type of crisphead is iceberg lettuce. The round head is comprised of tightly packed leaves. Butterheads are also round but the leaves are looser and smoother than crisphead types. Romaine has elongated leaves with thick white ribs, and loose-leaf lettuce are gathered loosely, growing as rosettes that allow the grower to gather the leaves rather than the entire plant.
When it comes to the amazing health benefits of this green leafy treats, the thing to remember is, the greener the leaf, the more nutrients it provides. The varieties all contain high amounts of vitamins A, K, and C. The vitamin A comes in the form of carotenoids, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Beta-carotene is important for normal vision and supports the immune system. It also helps skin form a barrier, protecting you against bacteria. One cup of this incredible veggie contains 88% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin A!
Vitamin K is important for blood coagulation, essential to the seven proteins that work together to help keep you from continually bleeding when you sustain an injury. Vitamin C protects cells throughout your body. This powerful antioxidant kills free radicals that harm cells. This means that it protects you from inflammation, illnesses, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.
So, thank your body and your soul by getting yourself some incredible leafy greens today! To help you, your favorite chiropractor in Williamsburg, VA, Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation wants to encourage you to try one of our favorite recipes using some of our favorite leafy greens. Check out the recipe below.
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Wash and dry your leafy greens. Tear the lettuce and dump it into a large bowl along with your chopped apple pieces, nuts and dried cherries. Drizzle about 1/2 cup Buttermilk-Kick Dressing and toss together. You can add more or less as you like.
Add your buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, chives, garlic, hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste to a quart size mason jar. Cover with the lid and shake it until all of your ingredients are well combined.
Give it a twist! To make this dressing blue cheese, crumble in 1/2cup of crumbled blue and mash with a fork.
Drs. Anne & Bob
Robert and Anne Pinto started their journey on July 17th, 1989 when they first opened their practice.