Why You Should Grow Your Own Lettuce

It seems just like yesterday that I anxiously published the post Little Lettuce Going to Feed Me Someday. This is my first year growing Lettuce in my garden and I was so excited to start harvesting fresh, yummy salads everyday! 
Well, just a couple of weeks later we have SO MUCH LETTUCE! I hate the idea of wasting just one leaf, so I am trying to incorporate it into all of our meals. 


I decided it would be good to know what nutrients and benefits come from eating lettuce (especially since it is now my number one food intake!) I was pleasantly surprised with what I read that it makes me want even more of the leafy green goodness! 


What I Learned About Lettuce

  • Although most people think of lettuce as just “rabbit food”, it contains energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. It can be a full, nutritious meal!
  • Lettuce lowers cholesterol levels that often lead to cardiovascular disease.
  • Minerals found in lettuce include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc along with vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, C, A, E, and vitamin K.
  • Lettuce can actually aid in anxiety control because it contains anxiolytic properties.
  • Lettuce contains anti-inflammatory properties to help control inflammation.
  • Lettuce supplies antioxidants, which are necessary in a healthy diet.
  • Lettuce also has anti-cancer properties. 
  • Last but not least, Lettuce is so versatile and delicious. You can eat it with pretty much anything (well, maybe not oatmeal) and it is so easy to grow, there really isn’t an excuse not to! 

Have you had your Lettuce today?


The Benefits of Eggs

Since taking wheat out of my diet, I have replaced it with some new menu items that I can’t seem to get enough of. Tomatoes, potatoes and….eggs!

It seems every other day I am reaching in the fridge to make some kind of egg dish for lunch! Whether it be scrambled, poached or just plain old hard boiled, it seems my body is craving eggs with a whole new aggressiveness! 

A lot of websites classify them as superfood and being the google geek that I am, I wanted to know why, and what it is about eggs that keep me coming back so often! 

Other then Eggs being extremely nutritious (Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc) they come high in protein with 6 grams and are only 77 calories each! Eggs are one of the only foods that contains almost every nutrient that our body needs! That could be the reason for the cravings!

The best part of that 77 calories is that they are extetemly filling, so you don’t need many to have a satisfying lunch! Two eggs and a tomato will run you under 200 calories and you will be stuffed for hours! 

Depending on where you get your eggs, some of them contain omega-3 fatty acids, depending on what the chickens have been fed (always check the box). We get our eggs fresh, organic and local from the farmers market. A little more money but worth the health benefits! Eggs are considered a complete source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids…..as if tasting good weren’t enough!

Ok, so now I love them even more! They are like the perfect food!! 

Another amazing point to acknowledge here is that they are inexpensive! That is important to me considering the way I have been going at them! We easily go through 2 dozen a week in this house and there is only 2 of us! Studies do show you can eat 3 or more eggs a day with no adverse side effects! Thank goodness! I was getting worried I was going to start growing feathers 😁

So I hope you enjoyed your eggs today! There are so many great recipes out there, it is impossible to get bored!