Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The BAD/BETTER/BEST of Foods Challenge Post # 2



SALAD GREENS

BAD – Iceberg lettuce

Iceberg is a popular green in the U.S. and though it is fat free and is low in calories and carbs, unfortunately this lettuce is pretty much a nutritional weakling, containing only minimal amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

BETTER- Romaine and Field greens

Romaine is the lettuce used commonly used in Caesar salad, and field greens are used in variety of creative salads as well. They are the most nutritious lettuces, with twice as much fiber as iceberg, and have several times more vitamins and minerals too, namely vitamin A. Toss some in a bowl for your next salad. Or even better, try my recipe for Grilled Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad tossed in Honey Dijon Herbs de Provence Vinaigrette


BEST- Spinach

Spinach, often listed as one of the top power foods, is the most nutrient dense of all the greens. It’s a great source of vitamin A and folate, as well as the minerals iron and calcium. Spinach is also one of the top sources of lutein, a plant chemical beneficial for eyesight. Remember to wash it well before serving and enjoy it’s versatility- use it in salads, sandwiches and if you don’t finish all of it raw you can cook it up in soups, pastas and as a great side dish too, like my Greek Inspired Spinach recipe.

1 comments:

Sharon February 6, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

Great post! Very informative! I do resort to iceberg from time to time when there is nothing else in the fridge. -lol-

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