This may seem obvious, but one never knows! After all the drama with romaine lettuce this year, I figured it’s best to consult with my bff Google. On a side note… The memes from the romaine lettuce recall remind me why I love the Interwebs 🙂
So, the million dollar question… Is it safe to eat lettuce during pregnancy? It is! Yay! However, not all lettuce is created equal…
Healthiest Lettuces & Salad Greens
All lettuces do not offer your ever-expanding baby bump the same health benefits. As a rule of thumb, stay away from iceberg lettuce and go after the darker, leafier greens, which are choked full of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
I love kale! Try sauteing it with olive oil, garlic, onion and a little lime juice. Mmm mmm good 🙂
Kale is packed full of nutrients. One cup (67 grams) of raw kale contains 684% the daily value of vitamin K, 206% the daily value of vitamin A and 134% the daily value of vitamin C.
Kale possesses potent antioxidants such as beta-carotene, Vitamin C, flavonoids and polyphenols, which counteract the damage caused by free radicals.
Kale is a natural source of folate, a B vitamin that is key during early pregnancy since it helps to prevent several birth defects and to promote healthy brain development.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge spinach fan due to the consistency. I think it tastes really slimy. However, it is one healthy leafy green!
Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron and vitamin K.
One and a half cups (86 grams) of spinach contains 70% the daily value of vitamin A, 25% the daily value of vitamin C and 20% the daily value of iron.
If I really want to be a good girl and eat some spinach, I will chop very finely, which makes it bearable 🙂
Next time you prepare broccoli, don’t just toss the leaves!
Broccoli leaves are high in protein and possess a large amount of fiber and vitamin A, as well as thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, selenium, vitamin C, riboflavin, folate, potassium, and more! Try saying that in one breath (supercalifragilisticexpialidocious anyone?)!
Romaine, ranked among the top 10 “powerhouse foods” by the CDC in 2014, is a great source of vitamin A and some B vitamins.
One cup of romaine possesses 82% of your daily vitamin A intake, 60% of your daily vitamin K intake, 19% of your daily vitamin C intake and 16% of a non-pregnant person’s daily folate intake.
Romaine is known to help heal skin and prevent signs of aging, to boost immunity and to help maintain a healthy pregnancy.
If the CDC is cool with it, I am too! I love the taste of romaine as well 🙂
Not all butter is an indulgence! 🙂 Butter lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C and folate. One and a half cups of butter lettuce contain 20% the recommended daily value of vitamin A.
Chard is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C and a good source of magnesium. Two and a half cups of chard contain 60% the daily recommended value of vitamin A and 45% the daily recommended value of vitamin C.
Be sure to eat the stems! The stems and dark green leaves pack the biggest nutritional punch.
Endive, a member of the chicory family, is a good source of vitamin C and an excellent source of calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.
Did I miss any of your favorite leafy greens? Leave me a note below!