Alive

Simple

Salad

An Eat The Rainbow Recipe

Alive Simple Salad

by | Nov 8, 2019 | Eat The Rainbow, Recipe | 0 comments

Time

Prep: 5 Min

Cook: 0 Min

Ready-To-Eat: 5 Min

Diet

Vegan

Gluten Free

Grain Free

Makes

2 Full Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1-2 whole – Carrots
  • 1 – Red pepper
  • 1/2 – cucumber
  • 1 handful – arugula
  • 1 handful – spinach
  • 1 handful – sunflower sprouts
  • 1⁄2 – fresh lemon
  • 2 tbsp – extra virgin ~ cold pressed, ideally first pressed Greek Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp – Himalayan salt

Instructions

Cut up veggies in whatever shape your heart desires, then add to a bowl, or two. Add the olive oil, squeeze lemon on top, and salt: toss, and lastly add sprouts on top. IF you save this as a meal prep cover up, or put in a BPA free container in fridge. Typically depending on condition of veggies will store in fridge for 1-3 days.

Nutritional Benefits

Carrots

High in Vitamin A & Beta carotene, From Carrots, red pepper and spinach: Vitamin A; beta carotene the vegetable source of vitamin A: is free radical damage​.

Lemon

High in Vitamin C which is an essential vitamin for life, without vitamin C people in the past especially out to sea would get scabies. The vitamin C from the lemon also enhanced the HCl in the stomach. HCl is the acidity the stomach needs to break down food in the large and then finally the small intestine.

Vitamin C helps fight common colds, and flus. It aids in boosting the immune system and is a precursor to building your elasticity/collagen which is the second most abundant substance in the body after water. Also the lemon creates a more acidity to the food, which enhances the absorption of calcium and iron to be extracted from the food (particularly from the arugula and spinach in this simple salad: which are naturally good sources of plant based calcium and iron)

Sprouts

Lecithin found in the sprouts enhances memory, and brain function. Also supports the liver and kidneys (the detoxifying organs) to stay optimal health by binding fat and cholesterol to water.

Himalayan Salt

Iodine is found in the himalayan salt. unrefined himilayan salt contains the essential mineral iodine, it is found in smaller amounts in food and in our soil so it is very important to get it from the sources that still contain it particularly for thyroid health!

Greek Olive Oil

Mono-Unsaturated good fat is found in extra virgin, cold pressed, first pressed Greek olive oil. Greek olive oil tends to be pure and derived from sources that are free of impurities, from olive trees on the side of hills, valleys and mountains from areas of Greece with less pollution, on a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body. It plays a critical role in maintaining vision, neurological function, healthy glowing skin and more. It is a powerful antioxidant, involved in reducing inflammation through fighting patches of land that have been used over and over rotated with care on pure rich soil full of nutrients. The cold and first pressed: is where the most nutrients from the olive oil is found. Mediterranian communities have lived with this amazing cold pressed, first pressed olive oil in their diet for many generations, we see the optimal health reflect particularly in their beautiful skin.

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Nutritional Benefits

Turmeric

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. It is a member of the ginger family. The dried root of the Curcuma longa plant; distinctive yellow powder, giving it the name golden spice. It Provides strong anti-inflammatory antioxidants (carotenoids, flavonoids, lycopene, anthocyanin and polyphenols) that fight free radical damage. It aids in disease prevention, by reducing the risk for cardiovascular diseases, neurological conditions, depression and/or cancer. It supports gut health and therefore enhances the overall immune system. It provides “prebiotics” that help feed probiotics.It provides live microbial cultures, also called probiotic bacteria. Reducing pathogenic bacteria and microbes.

Banana

They are 76% water and are packed with vitamins such as vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese. This high water/nutrient ratio makes them a great electrolyte food perfect for busy moms, workout enthusiasts, and people on the go. Bananas additionally contain high levels of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which along with insulin helps to promote nutrient absorption and assimilation. Bananas support the natural acidophilus bacteria in the bowel which helps promote a healthy and functional digestive tract as well as keep the immune system healthy and strong. Bananas can prevent ulcers by strengthening the surface cells of the stomach lining which helps to create a thicker barrier against digestive acid and pepsin-the two main causes of ulcers. Bananas are also an excellent food for athletes as they can help replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.

Coconut Cream

Coconut cream differs from coconut milk in that it contains less water and more coconut, so it has a thicker, richer texture. Its ratio is 1 part water to 4 parts coconut, while the milk's ratio is 1 part water to 1 part coconut. Is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These vitamins and minerals are excellent for supporting beautiful glowing skin, thicker and longer hair and nails.

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There are different schools of thought in regards to the nutritional value of eating food raw, or cooked. From my CSNN nutrition school, it was expressed from numerous sources that a traditional nutritionist standpoint is most often said for most people to find optimal health it is advised: to eat 70% raw and 30% cooked, steamed, or stir fried food. It is believed that the raw foods provide more enzymes in their raw food states.

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It is a personal journey to find, or rediscover WHICH foods feed you. This includes the holistic: physical/mental/emotional. Sustainable: easy to access, and prep and/or make. Abundant: brings you joy, and nourishment. As a registered holistic nutritionist I would advise if you are very confused: keep a food journal.

Food journal exercise

Keep a food journal for a minimum of one week. The food journal is a commitment to your health. This drive and discipline to optimal health may give you back in return an invaluable deepening into what YOU need which includes via food. It is an opportunity to delve into your holistic, sustainable, abundant intentions and actions ?

Advised: How to do the food journal experiment

Step 1:

It is recommended: write down each food you eat, for the duration of min one week.

Step 2:

Next, after EACH food and/or meal you eat: write down HOW you feel right after you eat

  • Energy wise
  • Emotionally does it do anything for you, what you just ate
  • Mental clarity
  • IF you notice anything about your digestion

Step 3:

Make another column in your food journal for HOW you feel 30mins AFTER you have eaten that specific food or meal. Keep in mind: The key is to leave as much room as you can to write your first and second impressions for each section. It is imperative you are open and honest with yourself on this journey, this process is all FOR YOU!

Step 4:

After the week is up, look back with a fine tooth combs, are there patterns?

Is they’re foods or meals your body seem to resonate with physically/mentally/emotionally? Was it to nourish you, or keep you stuck in a pattern of addiction (ie sugar)?