Goodness, it’s been a while since I have blogged a recipe out! I have been so busy with school and life. Now it’s August and I have am ready to be back to blogging regularly!
You all know I don’t like the LONGGGGGGG intro to recipes, but I do want to give you a bit of a nutrition lesson as I share this watermelon detox salad!
Jam packed with micronutrients, this salad is refreshing, satiating, and simply delicious.
Let break down those ingredients:
Spinach: If I had to sum up spinach in 6 words, it would be ‘super low cal, super nutrient dense’. Chock full of folic acid, calcium, iron, and phytonutrients, this superfood can improve your eyesight, boost your metabolism, improve your skin (yay chlorophyll!), and provide your body with a TON of micronutrients that are essential on a plant based diet. Eating it raw gives you the full benefits of vitamin and mineral content, but eating it cooked is great too!
Cucumber: 96% water. Need I say more? Hydrating, full of fiber, and plentiful in the B-vitamins, cucumber is another super low calorie but super nutrient veggie. Why is it great for detox? Basically, higher water-content foods help rejuvenate the inside and outside of your body by cleansing your system, hydrating your cells, and improving overall elasticity.
Red Onion: Onions reduce inflammation, another essential component of feeling your best. They are also very potent (hence, crying when you cut them) and medicinal, and have been used in healing infections for centuries.
Watermelon: Ahhhh, my favorite. This ultra-hydrating fruit has 92% water, loads of vitamin A and C, and is so filling! Perfectly sweet, crunchy, and I can say I’m utterly in love with this fruit (haha ;))
Fun fact for the day: A watermelon will not grow in your belly if you eat the seeds. In fact, the seeds are actually quite nutritious with high levels of magnesium, zinc and protein. Chew the seeds before swallowing for optimum nutrition (Gardeningchannel.com) .
Lastly, Almonds. Did you know I used to be allergic to almonds? (I’ll do a blog post on that later) Anyways, they are a great healthy fat, keeping you full for a long time. They lower your cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease, and the fat in them helps line artery walls for protection!
All right! Now, for the recipe, you basically compile all of the ingredients!
2 cups Spinach
1/4 of a small red onion
1-2 cups watermelon depending on how sweet you want it
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
2 Tablespoons roasted and salted almonds
Balsamic glaze (I got mine from Trader Joes)
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper
Mix Salad ingredients. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy! Let me know if you make the recipe, I would love to hear your feedback!
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