Salad is ideal for both health-conscious individuals who consume veggies on a regular basis and those who are on a diet. There are many different types of salad, including chef, Greek, Caesar, chicken, garden, etc. Of course, there are many recipes using common ingredients typically found in the fridge.
The thing that almost all types of salad have in common is the simple base: lettuce. This article presents a few tips on how to have a guaranteed supply of this veggie.
Although this veggie provides a wide plethora of health benefits, it is still overlooked. Below you have a list outlining some of its amazing health benefits:
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Neuroprotection which can slow down the onset of Alzheimer`s disease
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Antimicrobial properties
- Anxiolytic properties which control anxiety
- Sleep inducer
- Great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals
How To Regrow Lettuce
This simple trick is ideal for those who eat salad on a regular basis as it helps save $24 each month, and $300 a year.
DIY Lettuce Harvest
- Remove the lettuce leaves from the head, leaving a 1-2 inch lettuce stem
- Put the stem into a container filled with 1 inch of water. Feel free to cut off a few leaves from the outside in case the stem is too thick to fit in the container
- Let it sit for 10-12 days in a well-lit room
- Pull the fresh grown leaves from the stem and harvest the crop
To Assemble The Salad
Once you chop the freshly harvested lettuce into pieces in a bowl you can add any add-ins you want to. Take into consideration the following:
- Diced apples, mandarins, pears, peaches, mango, etc.
- Sliced avocado
- Grated carrots
- Peeled onions
- Washed strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, etc
- Olives and tomatoes
- Grilled chicken breast strips
- Tuna, salmon, or other seafood
- Sliced hard-boiled eggs
- Raw nuts like, almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.
- Seeds like, pumpkin and sunflower
- Grilled zucchini, eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes
- Sliced cucumber, peppers, mushrooms, celery
- Nori strips
- Cooked quinoa, rice, buckwheat
- Chickpeas, black beans, lentils, kidney beans
- Steamed broccoli, cauliflower, beets
To prepare a hearty and healthy lunch, combine lettuce with some of the add-ins above, some oil, and a bit of vinegar. As simple as that!
Sources: Organic Facts. Health Benefits of Lettuce. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-lettuce.html
The Balance. Did You Know You Can Regrow Lettuce? https://www.facebook.com/thebalancecom/videos/589473714567952/ Published: September 9, 2016