Lettuce all enjoy spring

We know it’s more than just a spring fling, but it’s the right season to start hopping on the nutritious salad train.

Greens are growing and the sun is starting to come out. As the temperatures start to warm up, activities like spring picnics are suddenly back on the table. Salads are an easy contribution to make and always a healthy option, however choosing the right ingredients is key to making your salad as nutrient-packed as possible!

Our doctors shared their knowledge on your favorite leafy greens, so read up and then eat up!

“Lettuce is low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals , fiber ; phytonutrients ; has a surprising amount of protein. Romaine ; red lettuces are healthiest.” — Dr. Randy Baker
“Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is extremely healthy, full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and very low calorie.” — Dr. Lonna Larsh
“Fresh spinach is a rich source of vitamin a (and high in lutein), vitamin c, e, and k, and also magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin b2, calcium, potassium, vitamin b6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.” — Dr. Bac Nguyen

Now that you have the low down on the green goods, here are a few recipes to try out!

California Shrimp Salad

What You’ll Need

3 cups of fresh kale (washed and chopped)
1 cup cooked shrimp
2 tbs chopped black olives
1 avocado sliced and diced

What You’ll Do

Combine –– it’s a salad! Add some olive oil and squeeze a fresh lemon to your liking.

Spinach and Banana Salad

What You’ll Need

3 cups of fresh spinach (washed)
2 bananas (chopped)
1 tbs walnuts (chopped)
(Seriously –– that’s it!)

What You’ll Do

Combine — it’s a salad! Add honey mustard vinaigrette and enjoy!

Refreshing spring salads are quick and easy, so grab your favorite bundle of joy (of the green variety) and get to mixing –– chop chop!

Author: Maya Gilliss-Chapman

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