Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fresh Veggie Pita

This is my version of one of my favorite meals from a restaurant called Yours Truly in my hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. It is a really healthy lunch or dinner and an easy and delicious way to get in some fresh leafy greens. When I was working full time before my son was born, I used to make these stuffed pitas for my husband and myself to take for lunch. It takes just a few minutes to get them all stuffed and toss some dressing in a little to-go container. To add some protein to these, I will sometimes add some cheese or hummus to them.  The original version from Yours Truly uses Muenster cheese. For dinner at home, these are great on their own or alongside a bowl of soup.  It's not warm out quite yet, but this is a really nice quick and healthy meal on a hot summer day!

Fresh Veggie Pita


1 whole wheat pita
2 cups fresh organic spinach leaves
1/4 fresh avocado, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 fresh organic cucumber, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 fresh organic tomato, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
2 Tbsp fresh balsamic vinaigrette, or your favorite dressing


1. Cut pita in half so you have 2 "pockets." Place avocado and cucumbers in bottom of each half, then stuff with spinach. Place tomatoes on top of spinach. 

2. Serve with dressing on the side, for dipping.

What are the nutritional benefits of this meal? Compared to white pitas, whole wheat pitas provide more fiber and nutrients, particularly B vitamins, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, and iron. Spinach is packed with fiber,  vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6 and folate, and the minerals iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that have been shown to boost HDL (good cholesterol), and are an excellent source of vitamins C,E and carotenoids lycopene and beta carotene, as well as the minerals selenium and zinc. Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamin C. Tomatoes are high in fiber, lycopene and vitamin C.

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