I limit most of my meals to meat and veggies. Since it's hot as hell I have been eating allot of salads, and was curious if lettuce was considered "healthy" or a good choice for a regular veggie on a paleo diet?
I tend to rotate different types of salad greens, but find that if I eat too much spinnach it doesn't do well with my stomach. So I have been eating butter lettuce (free at work), romaine, spring mixes, herb salad mixes, etc.
So does this "count" as a veggie since I'm eating allot of the crap? I tend to add bell pepper, broccoli, cucumbers, avacado, tomatoes and grilled onions to my salads as well. I use either extra virgin olive, or avacado oil in small amounts as a dressing.
I avoid the Iceberg. Not much nutrient. All other leafy lettuces are great as is the spinich. Try hot spinich salad. Recipe google..There are lots...bacon, hard boiled egg, olive oil...
And use the olive oil in copious amounts as it assists in freeing up the nutrients for better absorption.
Although not paleo, I use a packet of Good Seasons Italian mixed in their hour glass bottle with olive oil, or medium chain triglyceride oil, or a combo of those two, plus vinegar...apple cider vinegar and/or balsamic vinegar.
Plus crumbled Tillamook hard white cheddar cheese. Must be the white. Comes in black wrapper.
Then I sprinkle a teaspoon of bacon bits I have premade. And I use lots of pepper as I have read that pepperine contains antioxidents. Saw that at Nephropal blog.
Nutrients in Iceberg vrs Romaine
One cup of iceberg lettuce: •8 calories •0.5 gram protein •0.7 gram fiber •10 mg calcium •78 mg potassium •1.5 mg vitamin C •16 mcg folate •13.3 mcg of vitamin K •164 mcg beta carotene •152 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin
One cup of romaine lettuce has: •8 calories •0.58 gram protein •1 gram fiber •16 mg calcium •116 mg potassium •11.3 mg vitamin C •64 mcg folate •48.2 mcg vitamin K •1637 mcg beta carotene •1087 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin.
The Romaine lettuce is a better choice. http://nutrition.about.com/od/askyournutritionist/f/lettuce_info.htm
With lettuce just remember to choose dark colored greens to get some nutrition. The darker the color the better! There are some amazing and different salad greens to be had. We used to get some amazing kinds from our CSA and farmers market.
As a dedicated lettuce eater and grower, I say eat organic iceberg if you can find it. It's sweetness and juiciness compliment any salad. (bacon and blue cheese on a wedge please:) Plus it's hard to grow iceberg yourself.
That said; Please try and grow your own lettuce/greens. It's possible even indoors in the kitchen window. Lettuce/greens you grow yourself is often much tastier than store bought lettuce/greens. It's a renewable crop that you can cut and regrow. It also lasts a phenomenally long time in the fridge. Less waste great taste. I don't care about vitamins in this. Get your nutrients from the meat and fat you use to dress it.
Tip: cut lettuce/greens in the morning before the plants cooling system (milky bitter sap) starts creeping up the leaves, and making them bitter.