Eat Your Greens! (A Guide) - Butterhead Lettuce

If you want to take just one step towards a healthier lifestyle, start adding more leafy green vegetables into your diet. As I've mentioned previously, greens give you energy!  They also fight disease and help you lose weight. 

Okay, that all sounds well and good, but not pumped about eating salads every meal? Good news: you don't have to! In fact, you never have to eat salad if you don't want to. Totally turned off by the sound of a green smoothie? That's okay. I'm here to help you find out what types of greens you DO like and how to prepare them so YOU enjoy eating them.

Over the next few weeks I am going to be shining the spotlight on some different types of greens and easy ways to enjoy these nutrient powerhouses.  In case you missed it, we've already covered collard greenskalearugula, and sprouts

Butter + lettuce?  An oxymoron at its finest.  Also known as Bibb or Boston, this tender, sweet green is one of my warm weather go-to greens.  Why?  Not only is it tasty (it has a very mild flavor), but the leaves are the perfect size and shape for wrapping around things.  Which explains why my favorite way to enjoy this green is as a lettuce cup, stuffed with whatever else I'm loving at the moment: sweet potato and avocado, quinoa salad, veggie burger, etc. 

Butter lettuce is packed with Vitamin A, which helps produce healthy skin and hair and strong bones.  Butter lettuce contains a good amount of phosphorous, which also helps you build strong bones and aids your body in utilizing carbohydrates and fats for energy.  Cool!

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Ready to chow down?  Here's some inspiration to get you started:

- Grilled Tofu Lettuce Wraps  - The slaw in this recipe looks amazing!  I'm sure you could also pan fry the tofu if you do not have a grill.

- Butter Lettuce with Mustard Vinaigrette - A simple, yet elegant salad.  Mustard + herbs = spring!

- Beluga Lentil, Butter Lettuce, and Radish Salad with Creamy Lemon Cashew Dressing - A heartier, meal-sized salad.  The dressing takes a little extra effort (you need to soak the cashews before making it), but it's worth it!

- Butter Lettuce Soup - I love a good blended soup, and this recipe sounds particularly interesting.  For a dairy-free version, replace the buttermilk with an equal amount of soy, almond, or coconut milk plus 1 TBSP lemon juice. 

-Fiesta Lettuce Wraps - Is it too late to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  This recipe calls for a plantain (relative of the banana), but you could easily omit it!   You could probably also sub a diced sweet potato or squash. 

Like I mentioned above, my favorite way to eat butter lettuce is in "taco" form with baked sweet potato rounds, sliced avocado, radish slices, and cilantro. Super easy and super delicious. YUM! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it... 

Have you tried butter lettuce? Let me about know your favorite recipes, or if you try out any of the above, in the comments below!