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?
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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!
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!