The Tip of the Iceberg: Lettuce Nutrition Facts

At Live Gourmet we have a saying when it comes to adding our fresh lettuce to your meals, “It’s better with butter – butter lettuce that is.”  Salad Bar favorites such as Iceberg Lettuce or Romaine Lettuce contain less vitamins and nutrients in comparison to these leafy greens.  Did you know that Butter Lettuce is rich in calcium and a good source of iron, vitamins A and C? 

Some bunny loves lettuce!

When you buy our Living Butter Lettuce you’ll notice that the roots are still attached – this is because it’s a living plant.  We use hydroponic growing methods which help reduce contamination and dirt, bringing you cleaner and fresher produce.  In addition to Butter Lettuce we grow Upland Cress, Red Butter Lettuce and Arugula.

This week we’ll examine each of these types of greens to get the nutrition facts straight.  Read these tips before you reach for the Iceberg!

Butter Lettuce
Flavor: Delicate, buttery, sweet
Texture: Firm, crisp
Nutrients: A single serving of Butter Lettuce contains 29 milligrams of calcium, about 4% of the daily recommended requirement.
Vitamins: Butter Lettuce contains vitamin A and vitamin C.  A daily dose of your recommended intake.
Calories: A single serving of Butter Lettuce is 15 calories total.  But don’t worry because this butter is fat-free!
Fresh Tip: Use Butter Lettuce leaves as wraps and fill with chickpeas, tomato and avocado for a combination that’s protein rich.  
Red Butter Lettuce
Flavor: Sweet, buttery
Texture: Tender, soft
Nutrients: Rich in calcium and iron.
Vitamins: High in vitamins A and C.
Calories: It’s like butter – melt in your mouth flavor without all the worry over calories.  Only 5 calories from fat in one serving size of Red Butter Lettuce.

Fresh Tip: Serve with a side of fruit and add goat cheese, cottage cheese or ricotta for extra calcium. 
Upland Cress
Flavor: A member of the mustard family, sharp, spicy
Nutrients: High in phyto-nutrients 
Vitamins: Contains the antioxidants, vitamin C and A.  Upland Cress has 3 times the amount of vitamin C as oranges, and twice the amount of vitamin A as broccoli.
Calories: 15 per serving – zero fat!

Fresh Tip: Add a little zing to your soup or salad and complement your vegetable dish with a hand full of Upland Cress.

 Arugula

Flavor: nutty, mildly sweet, peppery

Nutrients: Arugula has many vital phyto-nutrients, and antioxidants that can immensely benefit health. It contains the minerals copper and iron.  It’s also a great source for folic acid.

Vitamins:  Contains vitamin K – great for bones, vitamin A – great for skin and vitamin C – fights infection.

Calories: A serving of fresh leaves totals around 10 calories.

Fresh Tip: Add smaller leaves to your burger or sandwich.  Cook leaves in a soup, sauce or stew.

The next time you are tossing together a lunchtime salad or wrapping up a dinner you’ll be able to answer why your leafy greens are better! 

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Eat Your Colors! A Vegetable Snack

At Live Gourmet vegetables matter to us. We find different ways to help you have fun with getting your daily vegetable intake. This week we ask if you’ve heard the expression, “Eat your colors”?

Eating your colors means to vary your vegetables by including more produce that is high in phyto-nutrients, a substance found in plants that are beneficial to people. These nutrients are especially prevalent in brightly colored fruits and leafy vegetables.

Fresh Eating Tip: Vary your veggies with a container full of primary colors – RED, YELLOW, GREEN! Combine butter lettuce leaves, sliced cucumber, yellow tomatoes and red bell peppers for a dressing-less salad that doesn’t make a mess – makes great finger food for adults and kids alike!
This fresh snack is perfect for traveling in your car and sharing with your little ones. Kids have fun making mini veggie wraps with the smaller leaves. A grab and go snack of sliced vegetables and butter lettuce leaves is both delicious and nutritious. 

Fresh Fact: Did you know that Living Butter Lettuce has a delicate mild to sweet flavor with a firm crisp texture? Butter lettuce is truly easy to use with little to no preparation, simply tear the leaves off as needed. Smaller leaves found at the base of the lettuce were used in this snack and have an even sweeter taste that your kids will love!

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Getting Fresh with a Salmon Fillet and Butter Lettuce Recipe

Salmon Enchanted Evening
At Live Gourmet we pride ourselves on growing the freshest Living Butter Lettuce.  The best part about growing butter lettuce is hearing from our happy customers.  Lisa Harris of Thousand Oaks, California was making a Sunday dinner with her husband and wanted to show us just how easy it is to make her recipe.
Best Butter Lettuce Recipe – Salmon Fillet with Veggies and Butter Lettuce Salad (from customer, Lisa Harris of Thousand Oaks, California)
While my husband was off grilling the salmon, I started the plate with chopped Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce and thinly sliced cucumbers.
Butter Lettuce Salad with cucumbers
Then I added sliced Heirloom tomatoes – progress!
Butter Lettuce, cucumbers and Heirloom tomatoes
I sauteed up shitake mushrooms in red wine and butter in one pan and zucchini squash with red bell pepper in another pan with white wine and butter.
Butter Lettuce Salad with Salmon and sauteed Vegetables
When the salmon was grilled (thanks hubby!) I poured the mushrooms and wine on the salmon and added the veggies to the plate and dressed the salad with Girard’s Salad Dressing in Champagne!
Girard’s Champagne Salad Dressing helps dress-up this dish
It was a perfect end to a lovely weekend.  The butter lettuce salad added great freshness!
Voila! Dinner for Two
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Hollandia Produce gets an “A+” from Primus on their Global Food Safety Audit

Growing delicious Live Gourmet lettuces and leafy greens is what we are known for at Hollandia Produce, LLC and we accomplish this by focusing on food safety first.  We are so proud to share that this month, we became the first North American greenhouse producer of hydroponic leafy greens to earn the Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification.

Here is the A+ report card from Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification:
–       HACCP score of 100% (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
–       Overall superior audit score of 99.21%

We are very pleased to receive recognition for the food safety policies and procedures that we execute daily to promote fresh safe and wholesome lettuces and leafy greens. The certification was granted March 24th and no other suppliers on the Primus GFS list have hydroponically grown leafy greens.

Pete Overgaag, Hollandia Produce, LLC’s CEO said: “The organizational investments in food safety training and reinforcement and the accompanying policy and procedure protocols we employ are the foundation of our company’s culture of food safety.”

“Lettuce” keep our kitchens fresh and enjoy your butter lettuce even more knowing we are the first North American hydroponic leafy greens producer to earn the Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification!

You’d Butter Believe It – Fresh Recipes with Butter Lettuce

 

Put a little “Green” in your step this Spring with quick and easy recipes from Live Gourmet.  The change of the season has us enjoying longer days and our bodies craving fresher food.  Add crisp, absolutely fresh tasting butter lettuce to your diet which can be served in a salad or a wrap.  Each of these recipes include Living Butter Lettuce for your entire family to enjoy!

Easter Bunny Salad
(6 Servings)

Hop into the kitchen for this delicious recipe that will have your children cheering for more.  This nutritious salad keeps them healthy with a rich source of calcium found in both the cottage cheese and butter lettuce.

• 3 cups cottage cheese
• 2 to 3 tbsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
• 2 granny smith apples, diced
• 1 to 2 tbsp. honey

Combine everything and chill.  Serve over a bed of Living Butter Lettuce

Spring Asparagus Salad
(4 Servings)

 

Butter Lettuce has a delicate mild to sweet flavor with a firm crisp texture.  Here’s a salad that combines fresh spring asparagus and butter lettuce for a light but elegant luncheon.

• 1 bunch asparagus (about 1lb.)
• 2 heads Living Butter Lettuce
• 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
• 5 tsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 tsp. of lemon zest
• 1/2 tsp. each of honey
• 1/4 tsp. each of salt and pepper
• 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
• 1/4 lb. perline mozzarella cheese
• 2 tbsp. pine nuts

Trim asparagus spears on the diagonal into 1/8-in. slices, leaving tips about 1 inch long.  Tear butter lettuce into bite-size pieces.  Set aside.  In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, salt, pepper and mustard until creamy looking.  In a large bowl, toss butter lettuce with 3 tbsp. dressing.  Divide butter lettuce among salad plates.  Toss asparagus spears with remaining salad dressing and spoon over lettuces.  Sprinkle with perline mozzarella and pine nuts.

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps
(4 Servings)

Your family and friends will be impressed after feasting on these vegan and vegetarian friendly lettuce wraps.

• 1 (16-ounce) package water-packed, firm tofu, drained
• 1/2 cup lime juice
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced lemongrass
• 2 tbsp. soy sauce
• 3/4 tsp. chile paste with garlic
• 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
• 3 minced garlic cloves
• 1 head of Living Red Butter Lettuce
• 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves
• 3 tbsp. chopped peanuts
• Handful of mint leaves
• 4 carrots cut julienne style
• Handful of basil leaves

Cut tofu into 12 (1/2-inch) slices.  Arrange tofu in a single layer in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.  Combine juice and next 6 ingredients in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.  Cook 1 minute, stirring until honey dissolves.  Pour over tofu.  Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.  Heat wok or heavy fry pan with cooking spray.  Brown tofu 3 minutes on each side.  Remove 12 large outer leaves from Red Butter Lettuce head.  Place tofu slice on each lettuce leaf.  Top each leaf with 2 tsp. cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon peanuts, 3 mint leaves, 3 carrot strips, and 1 basil leaf.  Wrap leaf around toppings.  Serve with marinade.  (3 lettuce wraps & 1/4 cup sauce)

That’s a wrap!