Ella’s food solution for… Getting your greens

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Fruit and veg provide our bodies with fantastic nourishment. There has been lots in the media lately about how beneficial these foods are to our health and the daily recommended amount has now been increased to seven portions a day. I understand how some people may find this daunting at first but it’s actually easy to incorporate many portions into each meal. It is important to remember that although fruit is a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals, it is high in sugar, therefore I would recommend eating around 2-3 portions of fruit a day. This amount can depend on what other sugars you are consuming throughout the day. On the other hand, vegetables are welcomed at any opportunity!

People do forget how delicious fruit and especially vegetables truly are. I think this is because peoples’ tastebuds become confused by highly processed foods which cause you to expect certain artificial flavours in food. By cutting down on processed produce and increasing your intake of whole foods, you will allow yourself to thoroughly indulge in the delights of these wonderful flavours and textures, also helping you to look and feel your very best!

I have heard for a while now that kale is a particularly nutritious green, so I thought it was time for me to have a go. It is a source of iron, calcium, omega 3 and while it boosts antioxidants, it lowers cholesterol, as well as balancing hormones and stimulating digestion (why on earth wasn’t I eating it before?!). By serving it with an acidic citrus food, like I have with the lime dressing, it helps the body to absorb its iron and calcium content.

This quick kale salad shows just how easy it is to incorporate nutritional greens into your meals. They are so beneficial, fresh and natural, you can just feel the goodness going down.

The green ingredients for two servings:
4 large handfuls of kale
1 tsp tahini
1tsp tamari or soy sauce
1tsp apple cider vinegar
1 lime
1 avocado
1 celery stick
a handful of diced cucumber
a handful of grapes
a handful of pumpkin seeds
a scattering of (non-green) pomegranate seeds

First, you must massage the kale leaves with the tahini, tamari, apple cider vinegar and the juice of the lime for a few minutes in order for the kale to become nice and tender and absorb the delicious flavours. After this all you need to do is combine the leaves with the rest of the nutritious chopped ingredients. I really think the combination of creamy and crunchy textures in this salad is fabulous and the balance of flavours is just perfect.

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