[Photo courtesy of Timothy Baran]
• Lettuce – Almost any variety of lettuce (except romaine, yes, I'm spooked by all the recalls), is my favorite mid-morning snack, without dressing. My favorites are red and green leaf, red and green oak leaf, Boston, Bibb and butter.
Two cups of any of these varieties have less than 20 calories and, in the case of Bibb and Boston, less than 15. They also contain small amounts of calcium: 68 milligrams (leaf) and 35 (Bibb and Boston).
• Broccoli – This, along with either baby kale or raw cabbage, is my go-to afternoon snack.Yes, we're still talking raw. One cup of chopped raw broccoli has just 28 calories, 93 milligrams of vitamin C, 1542 international units of vitamin A and 325 milligrams of potassium.
A cup and a half of raw cabbage has 24 calories and 47 milligrams of vitamin C. The same of raw kale has 50 calories 120 milligrams of vitamin C, 8,9000 international units of vitamin A and 447 milligrams of potassium.