Health Benefits of Baby Greens

Low in fat and calories, baby spring mix provides fiber, vitamins and minerals.

The average American consumes about 30 pounds of lettuce every year, making it second only to potatoes in U.S. vegetable popularity, according to Hidden Valley. Despite this, most Americans still fail to consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, as recommended by the American Cancer Society. Prewashed, flavorful and ready-to-use straight from the package, lettuce-based baby spring mixes offer a simple way to add vegetables to almost any meal.

Basics

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, according to LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate. This portion size of baby spring mix also has 70 milligrams of sodium and zero milligrams of cholesterol. The nutritional profiles of baby spring mixes can differ somewhat between brands due to variations in the greens included in each particular mix.

Vitamins

A 2-cup serving of mixed baby greens provides 120 percent of the daily value, or DV, of vitamin A and 50 percent of the DV of vitamin C, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. A similar serving of spring mix offers 107 percent of the DV of vitamin A and 11 percent of the DV of vitamin C.

Minerals

Mixed baby greens have 20 percent of the DV of iron and 6 percent of the DV of calcium per 2-cup serving. The same amount of spring mix offers 5 percent of the DV of iron and 5 percent of the DV of calcium.

Serving Suggestion

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, as reported in the August 2004 issue of the "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." Limit your dressing serving size to 2 tablespoons if you're watching fat and calories.