Leafy Sabzi سبزی (Greens!)

Eating fresh sabzi/سبزی– a Farsi term that literally translates to ‘greens’ or ‘herbs’ in English– is a practice of simply eating rinsed, cut green vegetables as they are: in this case, fresh lettuces that are VERY easy to find around my current neck of the woods. Get yourself a pre-prepped blend of whatever sabzi is easily available for you, and snack!


  • 1-2 cups lettuce leaf blend of your choice
  • Optional: for an additional heart-healthy, peppery kick, add 1/2 – 1 cup rinsed arugula/rocket

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yields: 1 serving

Preparation: Plate into a bowl, a bag, or on top of a plate, and eat straight with your hands! It’s that simple.

Yasmine’s notes:
This is another recipe I almost didn’t include for how basically-just-the-vegetable-itself it is. However, it’s also yet another case of how sharing the greater cause is worth it. Already-prepared fresh greens are a very quick, easy, and convenient snack to have by your side. Rather than mindlessly munching on, e.g., a bag of potato chips or crackers until you’ve gone through two packets before you know it, you can literally throw a handful of lettuces into a large bag to take with you while you work, study, etc., and munch on that. Just as mindlessly! But with so, so, so much less damage to your health, and so much more nutrition, and frankly, watery-cleansing and detoxification. (Lettuces in general are almost entirely composed of water.)

Where I currently am at the time of this writing, pre-cut and rinsed lettuce blends are especially common in local grocery stores– however, you can also opt for more traditional sabzi via the likes of fresh parsley, cilantro, dill, mint leaves, small radishes and onions if you’re feeling it. Equally, you can use whatever other kind of fresh-leafy green might be most available to you.


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