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Salad goes a long way. It’s the go-to health food for anyone on a diet or who wants to bring more vegetables into their lifestyle. There are so many different types of salad we have all tried like Caesar, Greek, chicken, garden, and chef. Then there are those mixtures we have thrown together from whatever we had in the fridge. Don’t be ashamed; we’ve all had those days.

Salads have given us a healthy meal, or an addition to one, and it’s all due to the simple base: lettuce.

One can never have too much salad in a healthy diet. Here is how you can have a guaranteed supply of this indispensable vegetable.

Lettuce

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This leafy green is extremely underrated. It is filled with impressive health benefits such as:

  • anti-inflammatory

  • neuroprotection that can slow the onset of Alzheimers

  • lowers cholesterol levels

  • sleep inducer

  • antioxidants

  • antimicrobial

  • controls anxiety with anxiolytic properties (1)

These factors supersede the expected vitamins, fiber, and minerals in a standard vegetable. For the record, lettuce has those too!

How To Regrow Lettuce

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Now that you know how good these greens are for you, here is how to grow your own for the freshest lettuce you’ve ever tasted!

If you eat salad several times a week, this method can save you $24 each month, and $300 a year!

DIY Lettuce Harvest

  1. Cut off your lettuce leaves from the head, leaving a 1-2 inch lettuce stem. (Use the leaves in your next meal.)

  2. Place the stem in 1 inch of water in any container. Peel a few leaves from the outside if the stem is too thick to fit into the jar.

  3. Let it sit for 10-12 days, optimally near a sunny window.

  4. Harvest your crop by pulling the freshly grown leaves from the stem.

  5. Make a salad! (2)

To Assemble The Salad

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You know the drill. Rip or chop your freshly harvested lettuce into bite-sized pieces in a bowl. Then bring on the add-ins.

  • Raw nuts like, almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.

  • Seeds like, pumpkin and sunflower

  • Diced apples, mandarins, pears, peaches, mango, etc.

  • Sliced avocado

  • Grated carrots

  • Peeled onions

  • Grilled zucchini, eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes

  • Sliced cucumber, peppers, mushrooms, celery

  • Nori strips

  • Cooked quinoa, rice, buckwheat

  • Chickpeas, black beans, lentils, kidney beans

  • Steamed broccoli, cauliflower, beets

  • Washed strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, etc

  • Olives and tomatoes

  • Grilled chicken breast strips

  • Tuna, salmon, or other seafood

  • Sliced hard-boiled eggs

  • Hummus

If you don’t like salad, you probably haven’t tried the right combo yet. Lettuce is so versatile; it can go with anything! If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself.

Toss your harvest lettuce with any assortment of the suggested add-ins and add a bit of oil, vinegar, and spices for a hearty and healthy lunch!

Sources:

(1) Organic Facts. Health Benefits of Lettuce. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-lettuce.html Accessed: September 20, 2016

(2) The Balance. Did You Know You Can Regrow Lettuce? https://www.facebook.com/thebalancecom/videos/589473714567952/ Published: September 9, 2016. Accessed: September 20, 2016.

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The Hearty Soul
Health Network
We believe in using natural ingredients to be as healthy as possible. We believe dieting will never work as well as a lifestyle of healthy habits will. We believe you can treat pain and disease without relying on addictive drugs. We believe being happy is a big part of a healthy life.
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