What’s Your Favorite Vegetable?
I have tons of fave veggies!! But which vegetables really respond to your body’s ability to function at 100%. We can all have foods that do not agree with us. I challenge you to turn into a detective – figure out what you really love and what really loves you by noticing how your body responds to the foods you eat.
VEGGIE LESSON # 1: lettuce
Did you know lettuce can support better sleep? Lettuce contains a compound called lacturcarium otherwise known as “lettuce opium”. I’m not talking about iceberg here!! The good lettuce is red leaf and romaine!!!
Properties: sedative and analgesic properties. In concentrated doses, it is known to provide a sense of euphoria and promote restful sleep.
How much do you eat to count as a sleep aid? No one really knows the answer to this. This is where YOU come in as the detective. Eat a salad for lunch/dinner and determine if you are feeling a little more “loose” and “relaxed”.
Nutrition Info, Vitamins & Minerals:
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories – 8 cals
Vitamin A – 82% of daily value
Vitamin C – 19% of daily value
Vitamin K – 60% of daily value
Folate – 16% of daily value
Great blend of the following:
B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Maganese
Regardless of the amount of lettuce you need to eat, this is a pretty cool information for some good ol’ lettuce!! Calorie-for-calorie, lettuce is super nutrient dense (excluding iceberg lettuce). So go buy some red leaf lettuce or romaine or anything with some color in it!!! Lettuce is not a blank/empty vegetable. It has some amazing health components. Lettuce is a remarkable vegetable to add to your daily must-have foods!
20% of the calories in lettuce come from protein.
⅔ of the carbohydrates are fiber.
2:1 ration of omega-3s to omega-6s