Eat More Leafy Greens for Better Nutrition

Eat Lettuces and Leafy Greens for better nutritionLive Gourmet lettuces and leafy greens not only taste delightful but are healthy too! Live Gourmet lettuces have the roots attached to maintain the crisp and delicious taste to stay fresh for days. We recently read an article on HortiDaily.com that shared, “green leafy vegetables are chock full of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.”  For better nutrition, go to your local market and pick up some greens and make a delicious salad to fill your appetite.  To learn more about leafy green nutrition, here are more highlights from the article:

  • Many health professionals believe that leafy green vegetables deserve a special focus in the produce world for the volume of nutrients tucked into their low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic index package.live-gourmet-living-upland-cress
  • The article also shared that, “the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the benefits of dark green vegetables on the basis of color, and recommends incorporating at least three cups (cooked, or 6 cups raw) in your diet every week, based on 2,000 calories per day.”
  • Also stated, “greens, such as collard and mustard greens and spinach, are rich sources of vitamins A, C, K and folate — a water-soluble B vitamin that supports cell production, such as for hair, skin and nails, and may protect against diseases.”
  • Many varieties of vegetables supply 20 to 30 percent of your daily recommendation for calcium in a one-cup cooked serving.
  • The article also featured information from DetroitNews.com that shared, “all of these antioxidants and nutrients in leafy green vegetables work together to fend off illness. Consumption of these vegetables is linked to protection against mental decline, and better heart, bone and eye heal­th. At near 25 calories per one-­cup serving (uncooked), adding leafy green vegetables to your daily diet is an excellent way to promote long-term health.”

Yummy Lettuce Wrap Recipe Ideas

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Lamb with Avocado, Onion and Cilantro photo from BalancedBites.com.

Who said our butter lettuce is only limited to salads!? The creativity that can be done with butter lettuce is endless! Add crispness to your meals and use butter lettuce as a substitution for hamburger buns, tortillas, and even as sandwich bread! Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, Owner & Founder of Balanced Bites (Real Food for Real People); Certified Nutrition Consultant; and New York Times Best-Selling author of Practical Paleo shared 15 fresh eating, scrumptious lettuce wrap ideas on her website. See Diane’s 15 Delicious Lettuce Wrap Recipe Ideas.

We love her Lamb with Avocado, Onion and Cilantro lettuce wrap (photo on the right). Don’t those look heavenly? As Diane shares, you can definitely get creative in the kitchen with lettuce.

We are biased to butter lettuce, but you can’t blame us, right?

So what are you waiting for!? Get creative and share your lettuce creations with us!

 

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Living Butter Lettuce Nutrient and Storing Information

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If you didn’t know, butter lettuce is highly nutritious. It is packed with vitamins like vitamin A, iron, and calcium. It also does not contain any cholesterol, sodium, or fat, making it a healthy green for you and your family.

Fruits and Veggies More Matters suggests to avoid butter lettuce heads that have wilted leaves. They also suggest to store washed and dried lettuce in a plastic bag inside the refrigerator for up to five days.

Our Living Butter Lettuce arrives alive, so we suggest you keep it in its original container we like to call a “mini greenhouse”. We call it a mini-greenhouse because it has a perfect micro-climate inside to help keep your leafy greens as fresh as they can be.

Our blog is filled with butter lettuce recipes for you and your family to try. We even have recipes that are kid-friendly and vegetarian, providing you with recipes that fit your lifestyle needs. We invite you to view our blog for some great Living Butter Lettuce recipes that you and your family will definitely enjoy.

 

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Grower Pete’s Organic Living Butter Lettuce and Watercress Up for Award

Grower Pete's Organic Living Butter Lettuce
Grower Pete’s Organic Living Butter Lettuce

If you haven’t heard, the Hollandia and Live Gourmet family of products also includes Grower Pete’s, a source for still living and organic butter lettuce and watercress. These veggies have the same, still living freshness you’re used to from Live Gourmet, plus are USDA Certified Organic! With that in mind, it’s no wonder that Grower Pete’s is one of six semifinalists for the “Best New Vegetable Products” Award at the United Fresh 2013 trade expo.

Grower Pete's Organic Living Water Cress
Grower Pete’s Organic Living Water Cress

If you find yourself at United Fresh 2013 this May, be sure to drop by and cast your vote for Grower Pete’s as 2013’s Best New Vegetable Product! Then drop by your local supermarket and try some for yourself!

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Red Butter Lettuce with Balsamic Onions

Red Butter Lettuce Grown by Live GourmetYou already know that you’ve got to eat your greens, but are you getting enough red in your diet too? Red butter lettuce is rich in iron that your body needs and also has plenty of vitamins A and C. Red butter lettuce goes great with onions as well, which brings us to today’s recipe. In this dish the red butter lettuce forms the foundation upon which we add delicious balsamic onion bits and a mustard vinaigrette. While it does require a tiny bit of baking, you can rest assured that this is still a fast and easy recipe, which can be prepared in about half an hour.

Here’s a list a what you’ll need to get started (serves 6):

  • 2 heads red butter lettuce, washed, spun dry, and torn into pieces
  • 3 small red onions
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons minced shallots (2 large)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup good red wine vinegar

For the complete cooking instructions, go to the Food Network Barefoot Contessa recipe page.

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Hidden Butter Lettuce Brownies Recipe Remix from the Paleo Mom

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It can be really hard to get kids to eat their greens. Sometimes, with extra picky eaters, the only way to do it is through deception and subterfuge. Today’s recipe focuses on doing just that with something your kids are sure to love: brownies! (Don’t worry, you can’t taste the lettuce). Not only are these brownies packing some seriously nutritious lettuce, they include very little sugar, no gluten, and no dairy. They do, however, include egg (sorry vegans). These brownies are especially good for kids with growing pains because dark leafy greens, like Butter Lettuce, are great sources of magnesium. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) uses frozen chopped spinach in her recipe however we replaced that with Live Gourmet living butter lettuce in our recipe! So, lets get cooking!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 ¼ cups chopped Butter Lettuce
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey (Many people like Manuka Honey)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar

Check out the full recipe instructions from ThePaleoMom.com right here: http://bit.ly/10Pc9rR

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Get Inspired, Live Healthy!

FlexibilitySometimes the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle is staying motivated. That’s why we love Hollye Jacobs’ blog, The Silver Pen. Hollye is a survivor of breast cancer and is now famous for her inspirational blog. She inspires her readers by finding the silver linings in every day life and not taking things for granted. To the left is one of Hollye’s many inspirational quotes which are picked from all around the world and throughout history. Next time you need a bit of motivating, try checking out The Silver Pen, and keep your eyes peeled for silver linings in your daily life. You can also check out The Silver Pen on Facebook.

Below are the ingredients for Hollye’s Swiss Chard Wraps:

  • 1 bunch Living Upland Cress, upper stems and leaves only
  • 2/3 cup almonds, soaked overnight in 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ tablespoons flaxseed oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 6 teaspoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 4 ounces pea shoots or daikon radish sprouts (or both) Destiny
  • 4 ounces bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced on a sharp diagonal
  • 8 large, very fresh Swiss chard leaves, cut in half lengthwise and center rib removed

You can read the full recipe on Hollye’s website by clicking here: http://bit.ly/USjFSu.

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Fun Friday: 3-in-1 Lettuce Banana Delight

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We spend a lot of time bringing you healthy and delicious meals which can be eaten every day guilt free. Today however, we’re going to take a break from all that and focus on a recipe that is just plain delicious. While it’s not quite as healthy as what we usually serve up, this makes a great healthy alternative to whatever else you had planned for dessert. So next time you’re tempted by something sweet consider trading it for the 3-in-1 Lettuce Banana Delight.

Here’s what you’ll need to scrounge up for 2 servings:

  • 2 cups 3-in-1 Living Lettuce (torn)
  • 1 banana (firm, sliced)
  • 12 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsps mayonnaise (Lot of people like Best Foods mayo)
  • 12 tsp sugar
  • 5 strawberries (fresh, sliced)
  • 1 tbsp salted peanuts (chopped)

For the full preparation instructions, click here: http://bit.ly/W2qaSK.

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A Delicious Discovery: The Fresh and Green Table

The Fresh and Green TableLast week one of our lovely customers recommended a cookbook to us which she recently purchased from Anthropologie. The book is “The Fresh & Green Table: Delicious Ideas for Bringing Vegetables into Every Meal” by Susie Middleton. Susie, aka SixBurnerSue, is a blogger, vegetable farmer, and the former editor of Fine Cooking Magazine.

 

Susie Middleton
Susie Middleton

In this cookbook (which is her second) she presents lots of creative and yummy ways to cook with veggies, not just as side dishes, but as entire meals. If you want to add more vegetables to your diet, but aren’t sure how to do it, this cookbook is a great place to start. To get a peek at the first couple pages of the book, click here. In addition, you can read more about the author and her cooking on her website SixBurnerSue.com. Like what you’re reading? Click here to buy the book!

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Healthy Living Quotes and Inspiration

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If you’ve liked the Live Gourmet Facebook Page or follow @livegourmet on Twitter then you may have read some of these healthy living quotes. If you’ve missed them though, here’s just some of the healthy living quotes. The quotes are about laughter, family and friendship, nutrition, exercising – basically everything we believe that is necessary to live a healthy life! Enjoy and come back for more!

  • “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” ― Mark Twain
  • “Laughter is an instant vacation.” ― Milton Berle
  • “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” ― A.J. Reb Materi
  • “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf
  • “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ― Lucille Ball
  • “There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.” ― Josh Billings
  • “Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” ― Jack LaLanne
  • “In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”― Author Unknown
  • “The greatest wealth is health.” ― Virgil
  • “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child
  • “The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  • “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” – (Spanish Proverb)
  • “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
  • “Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ― Hans Christian Anderson

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