Food of the Month: Romaine Lettuce
Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com
Romaine lettuce is a crunchy, nutrient packed leafy green that is often underrated. It is most commonly found in the sometimes not so healthy Caesar salad, but don’t be mistaken, it is a healthy addition to your daily diet.
Packed with vitamin K and A, folate (also known as folic acid) and fibre, this leafy green is a great choice for any salad, grain bowl, sandwich, taco or burrito. The fibre, folic acid and beta-carotene present in this crispy treat make it a heart friendly choice. High fibre diets reduce the risk of atherosclerosis by removing bile salts from the body, forcing our systems to create more, in turn helping with the breakdown of cholesterol that tends to harden in our arteries.
Folic acid helps to break down homocysteine, which can cause inflammation and damage to our blood vessels, and in turn increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Moreover, the beta-carotene present helps to prevent the oxidation or hardening of bad cholesterol in our arteries, further promoting heart health. After returning from the grocery store remember to wash your romaine and wrap the leaves in a towel before storing them in your refrigerator. This will keep the lettuce crisp and fresh and will last days longer.
Let us eat romaine lettuce and feel good about it, particularly in this tasty grain bowl recipe below!
CBLT: Coconut Bacon Romaine Lettuce Tomato Grain Salad