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Friday, February 22, 2013

2013 and a Healthier You


Whether you are dieting or wanting to eat a healthier, salad is something you should eat daily. It's high in Vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. The fiber will help you feel fuller longer, curbing your appetite. Add some vegetables like peppers, fruit and/or nuts for variety. Add protein with some grilled chicken or salmon.

Below is a list of different types of greenery for a healthy salad. Save money by buying fresh and create your own mixed salad instead of bagged.






Arugula Long spiked dark green leaves with a peppery taste.

 

Iceberg lettuce For crunch. Does not contain much nutrients.

 

Radicchio Italian vegetable that resembles the heart of red cabbage. Contains vitamin A and C, Calcium and Iron.

 

Red tip leave lettuce Contains small amounts of antioxidants in the red tips. It contains Vitamin A and K.

 

Escarole Variety of Endive which is bitter in taste. High in folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and K. Great in soup too.


Baby Arugula  Peppery sweet tangy flavor which provides a similar impact taste as onions. Vitamins found in baby arugula are A, C, K and Folic acid.

 

Romaine Lettuce Crispy texture. Great in sandwiches. Known to replace bread with diet sandwiches. High in A and C vitamins with calcium, folate, iron, phosphorus and potassium.

 

Spinach Leaf  High nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants.*

 

 

 

To extend the life of your mixed salad, add a paper towel at the bottom of the bowl and one on top of the salad. The towel will absorb moisture and keep your greens crispy. Photo on the right is taken a week later, last of the salad showing it is still crisp. 

 

The healthiest dressing is NONE. Second best is oil and vinegar.

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