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Still, why would you want to? Lettuce is
amazingly low in calories, and while it
doesn’t have as many nutrients as kale or
spinach, it is high in vitamin A and potassium. Its bulk will help fill you up and
keep you satisfied longer, so you will tend
to eat less if you eat it on a regular basis.
Beyond that, lettuce is excellent to eat
often if you have problems with sleep. All
varieties of true lettuce contain lactu-
carium, a compound which calms the
nervous system and promotes relaxation.
The longer the lettuce sits in your crisper
drawer, though, the more it loses this
compound, as well as its vitamins and
minerals. So if you can eat it fresh, do so.
Other experts recommend making a lettuce tea with the outside leaves of a head
or darker leaves. Steep the leaves in two
cups of boiling water for at least fifteen
minutes. Strain and drink warm or cold
just before bed to ensure pleasant dreams
and a relaxing night.
That lettuce tea can help your skin, too.
If you get a sunburn, use a cotton ball
to apply the cooled tea to your skin to
soothe the pain and calm the redness.
All of these greens have high fiber ratios,
which means they will help keep you
regular and comfortable. Many also have
diuretic properties to keep fluids moving
through your body.
In addition, any of these greens should
be cleaned in the same manner. Fill a sink
with cold, clean water. Immerse your
greens and swish them in the water for
a while. Change the water and do this
one more time. Then use a salad spinner
to dry them or put the greens on towels
in the lower part of the refrigerator until
crisp. Do not wash until you are nearly
ready to use them because they keep
much better unwashed in the vegetable
Lettuce, kale, and spinach not only make
for delicious salads and side dishes, they
make for a healthier you! Make sure to
include them in your diet several times a
You might like to try some of my favorite
recipes on the following page.
Susan A. J. Lyttek, author of
four novels, award-winning
writer, wife, and mother to
two homeschool graduates,
writes in time snippets and
on random pieces of scratch paper. She also
enjoys training up the next generation of
writers by coaching middle and high school