Leafy Greens: Lettuce

Leafy Greens: Lettuce

What leafy greens do you eat? It’s important to eat a variety of green leafy vegetables. The darker the color of the lettuce the more nutrients it contains especially the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps reduce the risk of certain diseases. A variety of greens also contain folate, potassium, fiber, and lutein, which contributes to good vision and prevents macular degeneration. Try these lettuce options below to spice up your salad:

+ For more color: red-and-white radicchio
+ For flavor with a “bite”: chicory or escarole
+ For a mild flavor and delicate texture: Boston or bibb lettuce
+ For a deep green color: spinach or kale
+ For a peppery flavor: arugula or watercress

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Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Registered and Licensed Dietitian at St. Hope Foundation
Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD, CDE earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Texas A&M University and her Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. Currently, Melissa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian here at St. Hope Foundation and frequent contributor to OfferingHope.Org.

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