Eat Your Winter Greens!

| February 29, 2012

Written By: Michelle, The green-Mother

Inspired By: First for women magazine

March 5th, 2012 Edition

There are so many healthy reasons to eat your greens. Not only are they good for you, they can also provide you with the vitamins your body needs.

Mache Lettuce: Mache lettuce, also known as lamb’s lettuce, is known for its sweet and nutty flavor. Did you know that just one cup gives you eighty percent of the recommended daily dose of folate? Folate is a B vitamin that assists your body to convert carbs into fuel.

Aragula Lettuce: Aragula lettuce has a peppery flavor. This lettuce is rich in beta-carotene. People who consume this food have been reported to have a 33 percent stronger immune system. You can observe the health benefits within three weeks of consuming this.

Escarole Lettuce: This lettuce is a natural brain booster! Did you know that consuming just one cup provides you with 96 percent of the daily value of vitamin k? According to the Journal of Nutrition, vitamin K protects the nerve fibers that conduct electrical signals through the brain.

Oakleaf Lettuce: Oakleaf lettuce has a buttery-sweet taste. Consuming just half a cup daily provides you with the 100 percent requirement of vitamin A. Did you know that  a recent study has demonstrated that people who consumed this required amount increased their night time vision within six weeks?

Mizuna: Mizuna lettuce is a nutty-spicy tasting lettuce. It is filled with antioxidants. This food has the capacity to lower your blood pressure.

Baby Swiss Chard: This lettuce contains a flavonoid that slows down the absorption of carbs in your small intestine. Did you know that this results in a low, slow rise in blood sugar?

You can enjoy these wonderful lettuce’s with a salad dressing and garnishes of your choice.

You can try these salad dressings tonight!


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This recipe was used with permission from the Author.

“Islam Salad” (named after Scott’s friend Islam, who gave him the recipe).

It is very simple, very quick, and very delicious!

Romain Lettuce, torn into bite sized bites!

Thinly Wedged Tomatoes

Thinly Sliced Cucubers

Kalamata Olives

1 red onion, chopped

Black Pepper

Feta Cheese

*No Salad Dressing Required*

Toss everything together, add in liberal amounts of black pepper and feta.  (I *love* feta).  Let the salad sit for a bit and toss a few more times.  The cucumbers and tomatoes mingle their juices, which, along with feta, pepper, and “briny” flavor of the olives makes a lovely “dressing”, so there’s no need for any other kind.

So get that Ranch Stuff away from my Islam Salad!!

{NB.  I am one of those odd people who does not like olives, so I tend to pick around the olives in this favorite salad of mine (ie:  give them to Scott).  But the flavor they add to the mixture is not to be missed.}



We also had a whole bunch of lovely chopped vegies (carrots, cabbage, broccoli, no doubt some onion) stir fried with a dash of the above sweet and spicy marinade.

The were glazed with sweetness and wonderfully crunchy.

Taco Salad

This recipe was used with permission from the author.

Taco Salad

  • 1 head lettuce(chopped finely)
  • Lg onion diced
  • 4 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 2 lbs hamburger(I used ground chicken or turkey)
  • 2 packs taco seasoning
  • Taco cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag Cheese Doritos
  • Lg bottle Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Brown hamburger and drain, Mix in taco seasoning. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except dressing and sugar. Let set about 1 hour. Stir in dressing, crush up Doritos and mix into mixture, then add sugar and more dressing. Stir and enjoy!

A great recipe to take to any picnic!


This article is not to be replaced with a medical consultation. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns about your health.


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