You hear it all the time – eat your greens! Dark green, leafy greens like romaine lettuce can be great sources of nutrition.
First off, leafy greens are rich in vitamins – A, C, E, and K to name a few. These veggies also contain a ton of antioxidants that can help protect your cells. They may even play a pretty big role in helping to block the early phases of certain health issues.1
Beyond that though, romaine lettuce is also a great way to get your fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. And when it comes to calorie counting… you won’t ever have to count too high when including romaine.
Okay, so now you know romaine is good for you (surprise, surprise). But can it also get a little boring to eat? You bet!
That’s why Dr. Gundry created a great snack involving dark, leafy romaine – something he calls PPLBs (a.k.a. Plant Paradox Lettuce Boats).
Now, even though you can’t make the boat without the romaine – there’s one more ingredient that really takes “center stage” in this recipe.
The Powerhouse Avocado
What makes this tasty treat so flavorful and extra-fulfilling is the avocado slathered all over the romaine. Even though avocado is technically a berry, it can be a fantastic substitute for butter or oil.
The best avocado to use is the Haas avocado because it tastes buttery and has a wonderfully smooth texture – and it’s not watery like other avocados. But you can’t really go wrong when it comes to the avocado because, in any variety, you’ll find:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamin B-6
Furthermore, avocados contain a large portion of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). That means the avocado may be able to help you maintain a healthy blood lipid profile. (In case you’re unfamiliar, blood lipids are the fatty substances found in your blood – these include your cholesterol and triglycerides.)2
MUFAs are a healthy type of fat. And, if you replace unhealthy fats – like saturated fats and trans fats – with MUFAs, you could also be supporting your heart health.3
Now, you’ve probably read Gundry’s recommendation before: Eat an avocado every day. Well, this snack is one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways for you to get your avo in – every day!
Why does Dr. Gundry want you to add an avocado a day to your diet?
Well, it turns out, adding a single avocado a day to your diet can result in healthy weight maintenance, too.4
So, are you ready to whip up this easy snack?
Dr. Gundry’s 5-Minute PPLBs
Plant Paradox Lettuce Boats Filled with Guacamole
Makes 1 Serving
Again, if you can, use Hass avocados here – they’re less watery than other varieties, which makes them creamy and delicious.
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Pinch sea salt, preferably iodized
- 4 romaine lettuce leaves, washed and patted dry
What to Do:
- To make the guacamole, combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl.
- Mash with a fork until smooth.
- Scoop the guacamole into each romaine lettuce leaf. (It’s that easy!)
In the End…
That’s it! Not only are these PPLBs delicious, they’re also fun to eat! (After all, who doesn’t love to eat with their hands?)
These “boats” make a great snack if you’re having friends over for dinner, or if you’re simply enjoying your favorite binge-worthy show. You’ll feel like you’re indulging – and you are! But you can do so without any guilt or worry.
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