Lettuce Enjoy This Smoothie and the Amazing Benefits of Lettuce!
Looking for something other than chomping on a salad today?? Try this Smoothie for a change.
Lettuce has been called “the perfect weight loss food” but it is so much more. With amazing healing benefits and calories comprised of 20 percent protein, it could be called “gorilla food” instead!
Should you put Romaine or Iceberg lettuce in your Smoothie??? You decide:
Romaine vs. Iceberg Lettuce
Less sugars and sodium Twice the protein
Twice the calcium Three times the vitamin K
Four times the iron Eight times the vitamin C
Seventeen times the vitamin A
The general rule is: Choose red, green and dark colored foods over whites. Red and green leaf lettuce is more nutritional than iceberg.
A few health benefits:
1. Low Calorie Content and Weight Loss Superstar
Lettuce has only 12 calories for one shredded cup. Making it a weight loss superstar!
2. Improves your Digestion
Lettuce contains fiber and cellulose. Besides filling you up, fiber improves your digestion. Improving your digestion may not sound like a good thing for losing weight, but it is actually essential for long term weight control.
3. Omega-3 Fatty acids.
Romaine lettuce has a two to one ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. That’s a great ratio.
The fat content in lettuce is not significant UNLESS you eat a lot–but we actually suggest you do!
4. Complete Protein
Romaine lettuce’s calories are 20 percent protein. Like all whole foods, much of this protein is complete, but the amount can be increased by combining with balancing proteins.
5. Helps with Insomnia
The white fluid that you see when you break or cut lettuce leaves is called lactucarium.
This has relaxing and sleep inducing properties similar to opium but without the strong side effects. Simply eat a few leaves or drink some lettuce juice.
6. Lettuce is Great for Detoxing
The minerals in lettuce help remove toxins and keep your acid/alkaline balance in order. Once you are balanced on this level there are a host of benefits including greater energy, clearer thinking, deep restful sleep, and youthful skin.
7. Low Glycemic Index
Lettuce has an average glycemic index of 15, but because it has so few calories, its glycemic load is considered zero. Foods with low glycemic indexes are great for anyone watching their blood sugars for medical reasons, or for weight management.
8. Whole Life Food
Lettuce is almost always eaten raw, providing us with many micronutrients not found in cooked or processed food. Eating raw food also adds vital energies not recognized by nutritional science.
Large food corporations have not found a way to package lettuce long term or stick it in cans or boxes. Let’s hope they never do!
In fact, lettuce is one of the few foods which can be found organic and prewashed already in bins for you to eat immediately.
Ready for your Smoothie!!!! Use organic ingredients and enjoy!
1 small head of romaine ¾ cup blueberries ½ cup mango ½ raspberries or cherries 1 cup water
1 small head of romaine ¾ cup blueberries 1 frozen banana 1 tbsp vitamineral greens 1 cup water 5 ice cubes 1 tbsp flax seed
Want more great smoothie recipes…Check out Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing and Blending
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Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here
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