Iceberg Lettuce: Does it deserve its bum rep?

I’m sure you’ve all heard at some point that iceberg lettuce (called “Crisphead” until the 1920’s) lacks any real health benefits and so you shouldn’t waste your time eating it. While it’s true that when it comes to lettuces in general the greener the leaf the greater the nutritional value, does that mean you should just pass over this little guy?!?

iceberg lettuce

Iceberg is a great source for folate (a B vitamin), vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and thiamine. It’s made up mostly of water (95% or more) and dietary fiber providing necessary roughage for our digestive system.

It’s alkaline, clarifies your blood, and a nerve strengthener.

On the other hand, other lettuces are frequently higher in the same nutrients. Iceberg also can tend to accumulate cadmium (a toxic metal known to cause cancer) when it’s in the soil and who here really knows where their lettuce was grown besides Lesli and Dana?

Personally, we use just mix all our lettuces together in salads. With what we get from our CSA we usually have spinach, mustard greens, turnip tops, cress, and buttercrunch on hand. I just buy iceberg or romaine, whichever is cheaper that week, to supplement. What do you use?


40DayFast Participant List

Instead of posting one a day I’ll just be sending you guys back to this list so it’s all nicely in one place. I appreciated what Brant had to say about “Where God Is” in his post today. Have a great Day!

(update: see list on sidebar)

The 40 Day Fast

For Erik and I it started with this picture:

It broke both of our hearts and challenged us to look at how we use the resources God has so generously bestowed on us.

We are so blessed to be able to be picky about what we put in our bodies as nourishment. Eating organic is a privilege for our family, not a right. I just want to make sure we don’t forget those who have no choice and no voice in areas that extend beyond just nutrition.

Kat introduced us to the above picture on her blog post entitled “Please Don’t Look Away”. That was the inspiration that launched The 40 Day Fast (see new button on left sidebar). Basically, there will be 80 bloggers, two a day, who will write a post on an organization meeting a need of a country or general cause in the world. They will also be responsible for fasting on that day.

Last year I just watched. This year I’m taking action. I will be one of the bloggers on July 1st. I will also be including links every day to the other posters of the day so you can follow along.

Don’t look away and just continue with your day.

Let your heart be broken. Let their voices be heard. Be uncomfortable. Make a change in another’s life. You won’t regret it…

Post Edit

Sorry, guys! I didn’t realize the link on Found… or Lost? wasn’t working. It’s up and running now!

Good News for Today

Isaiah 42:8

“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”

For your information…

This is my first Thursday post of “for your information” where I share a fun factoid with you and then you share one with me! Ready? Okay, here goes:

Blue corn contains twenty percent more protein than white or yellow corn. And it looks pretty.

Your turn!

(when reading your comments I will be sure to imagine all of you doing your best John Tesh impersonation)

Getting the Greens

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time keeping track of which local farmers’ market is when. Mind you, I am so not complaining! I in fact, feel very blessed to have so many opportunities to bring fresh, organic produce into my home during a time in our lives when we can’t have our own garden. I just need help remembering when I can go where. If you’re like me at all in this area, then this is for you:

Coralville Farmers’ Market 5-8 p.m. M and Thur May 5th – Oct. 2

Coralville Community Aquatic Center 1513 7th St. 319-248-1750

Iowa City Farmers’ Market5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed., 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sat. May 3-Oct. 29th

lower level of Chauncey Swan parking ramp between Washington and College streets, IC 319-356-5110

Sycamore Mall Farmers’ Market 3-6:30 p.m. Tue. May 6-Oct. 28th

Sycamore Mall parking lot, IA Highway 6 and Sycamore St., Iowa City 319-338-6111

North Liberty Farmers’ Market 1-4 p.m. Sundays June 1- Oct. 26th

North Liberty Rec Center Parking Lot Cherry Street, NL