Baby lettuce categorizes a wide range of varieties, including baby romaine, baby head lettuces, baby leaf lettuces and more. Basically these are immature versions of the traditional lettuce varieties picked at an earlier stage to be more tender and delicate.

If leafy greens, baby or otherwise, aren’t a regular part of your diet, they should be. Their nutritional profile – and health benefits – are impressive, to say the least. All leafy greens are excellent sources of vitamin C, bone-strengthening vitamin K, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium. A 2-cup portion of generic baby spring mix contains 15 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein and zero grams of fat.

Fun Fact: Drizzle baby spring mix with a full-fat salad dressing containing heart-healthy canola oil or extra virgin olive oil for optimal nutrient absorption. Oil-based salad dressings enable your body to absorb larger proportions of healthy nutrients like vitamin A, while fat-free and reduced-fat dressings significantly decrease nutrient absorption.

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