How I Combine Combine a Huge Array of Super Foods into a Delicious, Easy to Make Salad
Posted on August 15, 2012
In a previous article, I wrote about 5 amazing super foods, their benefits, and how I add them to my diet consistently. This is a recipe for a salad I eat almost every day. To save time, I will even mix ingredients for the next day’s lunch while making a dinner salad.
First of all, I never measure my ingredients when I make a salad. This allows for variation depending on how much of each ingredient I have available. I like to start with a base of organic spinach, although you can also use arugula, spring greens or mixed greens. It’s hard to beat the benefits of spinach, including a high concentration of fiber, anti-inflammatories, flavonoids, vitamins, antioxidants and chlorophyll.
Next, I add a generous portion of:
1) Organic broccoli for, among other things, its high concentration of potassium and calcium.
2) Organic carrots for their antioxidant, free-radical fighting beta carotene, vitamin a for vision support, and heart-healthy fiber and carotenoids.
3) Organic tomatoes for their chromium for blood sugar support, potassium,vitamin A, toxin-fighting chlorogenic and coumaric acid and more.
4) Onions for their fructo-oligosaccharides that promote healthy and suppress unhealthy
5) Avocado for its healthy fats and oils.
Next, I top it off with:
1) A spoonful of organic hummus, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
2) An array of raw seeds and nuts for their protein and essential fatty acids. These include chopped almonds, ground hemp seeds, ground flax seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. I just get these in bags from a health food store and sprinkle them on.
3) Coconut oil shavings for the fat loss benefits and regulation of blood sugar. I just scrape shavings out of the refrigerated container with a spoon.
Finally, I pour some extra virgin olive oil on for its cholesterol-fighting monounsaturated fats and fatty acids. I then toss/mix together thoroughly so that the hummus, olive oil, ground flax and hemp, etc are nicely clinging to the vegetables.
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