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    I've been enjoying the benefits of a BAS for lunch, and was wondering what some of the most nutritious types of lettuce are. Today's salad had a base of Boston lettuce, butter lettuce, napa cabbage, and red cabbage. Which of those are good to make regular salad bases, and which should I add to improve the nutrition of the salad?

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    I'm interested in this too...my base is always green leaf, red leaf, spinach, arugula. I've never done the cabbage, I'll have to try it.
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    • #3
      I personally usually enjoy a spring mix. These usually have a variety of 10 different greens. This is the best way to get as much nutrition as possible from a salad.
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      • #4
        baby spinach is my go-to, it's nice and chewy and nutritious. Lamb's lettuce (mache?) is great when you can get it.
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        • #5
          i love red leaf, it has a meaty bite to it
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          • #6
            Lettuce is nutritionally poor, I generally go for cabbage with big dark green leaves which can also be used as wraps. Spinach is obviously awesome
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            • #7
              I love those big containers of spring mix that you can get at various stores, including Costco, that have about 5 varieties of dark lettuce in them. There's a whole section in Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma about how those are grown and packaged. Not very energy efficient, but they ARE grown organically.

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              • #8
                That would be potatos.

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                • #9
                  Darth is in a mood I see....

                  I think anything that isn't iceberg is good. I go by color, the darker the color the better. At the farmers market I pick up a blend that has mustard greens in it that is soooo good on its own.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dosenberry View Post
                    I personally usually enjoy a spring mix. These usually have a variety of 10 different greens. This is the best way to get as much nutrition as possible from a salad.
                    I agree...the "Spring Mix" is probably your best bet. It contains a great variety of light and dark green leaves, with some purple and reds tossed in as well. You could add in some baby spinach leaves...which are great nutritionally as well...but some brands already have these mixed in.

                    Also, as another responder to this post mentioned, you can get large containers of these almost anywhere these days at a good value.
                    Last edited by Phil-SC; 06-20-2010, 08:02 AM.

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                    • #11
                      My favorite go-to base for salads is to get a bag of baby spinach, a bag of spring greens and some shredded carrots all washed & mixed together in the fridge so I can just grab a handful and top it with whatever.
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                      • #12
                        I plant different "Asian stir fry," "mesclun," and "chef's blend" greens mixes and eat those while in season. If I'm going to buy greens, I usually go for bags of baby spinach and the occasional spring mix.
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                        • #13
                          for maximum nutritional bang for your calories ingested, always go 'dark and bright'.



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                          • #14
                            If you must do salad, I'd agree with spring mix: good stuff (tastes very green). Personally, I've switched from salad to sauteed onions. My gut is much happier.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cillakat View Post
                              for maximum nutritional bang for your calories ingested, always go 'dark and bright'.
                              Exactly. Spring Mix has a good amount of these. I enjoy spring mix for salads and spinach for my green smoothies since it is incredibly mild yet so nutritious!

                              Originally posted by tangentrider View Post
                              If you must do salad, I'd agree with spring mix: good stuff (tastes very green). Personally, I've switched from salad to sauteed onions. My gut is much happier.
                              So, wait... instead of eating a salad you eat sauteed onions?
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