I admit it. I used to be offended by iceberg lettuce.
Iceberg was fine as a condiment for burgers but there was no flavor to carry a salad and I blamed iceberg for turning so many people off salads. Last night I had that delicious ginger dressing that comes on the salad right before sushi is served. I think some of us just order that salad so we can eat the dressing. Am I right?
It was a bowl of iceberg with a few carrot slivers slipped in for color. My inner food critic got real twitchy but my belly won that stare down and in the process I was reminded that the value in what we eat isn’t always about flavor. In the case of iceberg, it’s also about gifts like, water content (96% for iceberg lettuce) and nutrient content (22% vitamin K in iceberg lettuce).
High water content foods are also a blessing to those who don’t like to drink water. It’s strange, but so very human, to dislike the things that are the very best for us.
Juicing, smoothie blending and eating raw are the best ways to preserve the water content of your food. Here’s a list of some of my favorites. I’ll give you some background on a few fruits and leave you with resources to do your own research with other fruits and vegetables
Watermelon. High in sugar so consider this if you and sugar love each other too much. Watermelly is also a good source of Vitamin A and C.
Tomatoes. Our beloved summer fruit is also a good source of vitamin A and C.
Avocado. Comes in at about 74% water and has all kinds of goodies to offer like lots of Vitamin C, E and K, folate and manganese and about 40% of this fruit is fiber.
Vegetables like cucumbers, romaine, radishes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, bell peppers, and peas are all 90% and above in water content.
Our farmer’s markets are coming back to life around this time of year and this is the perfect time to experiment with recipes and new foods. If you have favorites please leave your tips in the comments below for other readers.
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