Building The Perfect Green Salad

Build The Perfect Green Salad

Whilst it might not be the most flattering color for our skin tones, green is definitely our go-to color when wanting to optimize our diets!

I recommend that all our wellness patients eat at least 7-9 servings of vegetables and low GI fruits a day, with at least 5 of these servings coming from leafy greens. A diet rich in leafy greens helps alkalise the body, balances blood sugar and hunger hormones, optimizes gut health and provides us with an abundance of vitamins, mineral and antioxidants which are essential for health, vitality, optimum body composition, and beautiful glowing skin!

Building the perfect green salad is both an art and a science – I have a bowl such as this at least once a day, and love how light and energized it makes me feel whilst still keeping me full and satiated for hours!

Here’s how to build your perfect bowl of green goodness:

Base: choose 2-3 handfuls of leafy greens such as spinach, romaine, beet greens or baby bok choy.

Bitters: bitter greens help with promote alkalinity, boost digestion, aid in the efficient digestion of fat, are rich in minerals and are wonderful for liver health. Choose from arugula, dandelion greens, radicchio and endive.

Herbs: treat fresh herbs as an integral part of the salad, not just a garnish on the top. They are packed full of antioxidants and can help boost detoxification. Basil and parsley add great depth of flavour, and cilantro can help boost heavy metal detoxification

Sprouts: add a handful of sprouts to add 10X the antioxidant power of your salad. My favourites are broccoli sprouts, which can contain over 30 times the cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory compounds of their vegetable counterpart.

Sauerkraut or kimchi: low sugar fermented foods are one of the best ways we can up-regulate detoxification and feed the beneficial bacteria in our guts, so add 2 tablespoons to your salad on a daily basis.

Avocado: truly a green skin superfood, adding avocado to our salads provides skin smoothing and plumping fats, whilst ensuring we can absorb all the fat-soluble vitamins from our greens.

Top with your favorite plant-based protein (chickpeas or lentils are great options) or some high-quality pasture raised chicken or wild caught fish, for a perfectly balanced glowing green salad!

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