May is National Salad Month, making it a great time to effortlessly add more fiber, vitamins, and minerals to your diet with little to no effort. Whether deciding to eat a salad with nutrient-dense lettuce or not, options are endless on how to stick with the celebration of the salad theme this month, which can turn into a healthy habit in the long run. How about a salad a day for a month? Whether you decide to have a salad in a bowl, a jar, or plate know that you are on your way to improving your health.
When people think of salads they think of raw or uncooked greens like lettuce, but these days salads are known to be cooked too, seasoned with natural herbs and spices, salt, oil, and vinegar and then chilled for hours or overnight. Most salads have one raw-food ingredient like garlic, onions, or tomatoes. Some salads are indeed nutrient-dense, raw, and are simply delicious as is. The point is eating a salad whether cooked or live/raw is a step in a good direction. However, the truth be told, raw salads are the better option if you are trying to achieve some pretty rigorous health goals.
More than Lettuce
Salads don’t have to be about just eating boring lettuce, although that can be an option too. Spruce up your salad by using different types of lettuce other than iceberg or romaine. Give arugula, cress, Mache, radicchio, or butterhead lettuce a try as an alternative. Add toppings like fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, proteins, and healthy fats like avocados to the lettuce salad. Quinoa is an excellent plant-based protein, so meat does not have to always be an option. One can even have a quinoa salad without lettuce, mixed with some delicious flavors of cilantro, basil, oregano, curry, curcumin, onions, garlic. Spices can be used to add taste to what could be a very flavorful salad. So, spice your salad up by getting a bit creative with it, while keeping the fiber and other nutritious benefits in place.
· Fruit Salad
· Spinach Salad
· Quinoa Salad
· Pasta Salad
· Egg Salad
· Tuna Salad
· Chicken Salad
· Sardine Salad
· Potato Salad
· Seafood Salad
· Plant-Based/Vegan/Vegetable Salad
These days with so many salad dressings on the market, options are endless. Just be careful because oftentimes the sodium is high and shelf stabilizers are always in them to make them last. However, we encourage you to get creative and make your own. Use Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), Apple cider vinegar (ACV), balsamic vinegar, lemons, limes, avocados, seeds, nuts, and nutritional yeast to get things going.
In honor of National Salad Month, we challenge you to turn over a new leaf an eat a salad each day in the month of May. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, take note of how your body responds to adding more lively greens and fruits to your lifestyle. No matter if you use a bowl, jar, or plate we guarantee you will notice a difference and won’t be disappointed by the results. Need some Salad Ideas? Download our 7-Days of Eating Delicious, Healthy Salads E-Book for just $12.00 or the Plant-Based version. Each days recipe can be made in under 60 minutes most under 30 minutes. The sodium and sugar levels are low and all meals are nutrient dense, packed with vitamins, minerals and lots of fiber. Inflammation and fat will melt away.
If you are serious and want help on this healthy habit journey, click the link here to set-up a clarity call. We are offering 15-minute complimentary clarity calls this May. Our holistic health & wellness, nutrition, fitness, and life coaches may be able to help.
Lastly, don’t forget to drop by the online store to pick up a set of bamboo utensil(s) for you or your loved ones. (Premium set comes with an added bottle opener & straw or regular set with chopsticks, fork, knife, and spoon).