With the warmer days and mildly cool nights my body has been madly craving extra EXTRA salad greens lately. As we shift from the cooler to warmer months of the year, this is quite normal for the body to crave more “cooling” type foods that leave us hydrated and nutrient nourished.
Veggies and fruit offer both this cooling and hydrating effect in which the body seeks to establish balance.
Generally speaking, the foods that fall into the category of this “cooling effect” are foods of plant origin that are high in water content, grown in water, high in vitamins and anti-oxidants, high in simple sugars, grown in warmer climates and tend to be higher in carbohydrate and lower in fat and protein.
People often panic when they see that these foods are higher in carbohydrate, but remember, vegetables are carbs too and are for the most part unlimited as to how much you can consume in a day, especially when it comes to the greens and dark leafy greens.
This salad recipe I’m about to share with you is one of my fabulous “cooling” favourites around this time of year that leaves me full, nourished and satisfied. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this salad is a fabulous meal both for lunch or dinner for those of you looking to incorporate more greens and more raw into your daily diet.
As a raw and cooling food, salad offer natural plant-based enzymes which help the body to breakdown and absorb nutrients more readily and easily. Greens are also highly dense in fibre and chlorophyll, both of which assist in sweeping out toxic waste from the body and purify the liver, blood and bowel.
If you are the kind of individual who struggles to have regular daily bowel movements (as I say, 2 movements a day keeps the doctor away!), you will want to try incorporating more greens, like this one into your diet.
Strawberry Avocado Salad
- 1 cup mixed salad greens or spinach (or both)
- 1 cup kale, finely chopped
- half an avocado, diced
- 1/4 red onion, minced
- 4-5 olives, diced
- 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
- 1-2 Tbsp goat feta or goat cheese, diced
- 2-3 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
- 2-3 Tbsp goji berries or dried apricots
*If you’re concerned about the sugar content like me, you can omit the strawberries and raw honey in the dressing. Even fruit can be naturally high in sugar and have a negative effect our blood sugar levels for those of us who are sensitive.
- 1/2 cup hemp or olive oil
- 3-5 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1-2 Tbsp raw honey
(*makes enough for a few salads worth. Place leftovers in a mason jar and store in fridge for no more than a week for freshness)
Add salad ingredients into a bowl. Mix dressing separately in a mason jar and shake well, then pour desired amount on to your salad.