Friday, March 18, 2011

Our Daily Salad

One habit which insures that you will never get ill, is the daily green salad. If you have at least one heaping plate of raw fresh, organic salad filled with leafy greens, colorful seasonal vegetables and drizzled with some top quality oils, then your body will thank you. The incredible thing about good salads is they provide the raw fiber, vital nutrients and trace minerals that help the digestive organs eliminate any cooked or processed foods we've indulged in. I like to have an enormous salad as a main meal every day and I can feel how it inspires and empowers me on a cellular level. There are so many amazing greens out there and I love to try them all. Not only do they add color and texture to a salad, but they pack a strong nutritional punch. In Cleanse and Purify Thyself by Richard Anderson, he talks about living off of wild greens for weeks while camping in the mountains. The level of healing he experienced from this simple diet goes to show how leafy greens and herbs really are a near perfect food. The  key to a stellar salad is a light dressing. Take care not to overwhelm all those fresh vegetables with thick rich sauces. A light vinaigrette, made with Olive or Sesame Oil, Lemon and Nama Shoyu, works magic. Here are some of the salad specialties that I put together and enjoy daily. My favorite green to eat is Arugula and here I mix it with plum tomatoes, and purple and orange carrots!

Another favorite is romaine lettuce with sliced radish, carrots, cherry tomatoes, chopped green onions and Picholine olives.

Spinach is a wonderful base to use, too, with raddicchio, tomatoes and kalamata olives.

Celery stems and roots with radish, avocado and garlic make this salad a hearty and crunchy delight.

Sometimes, I just fill my plate with Cilantro, tasty Nicoise olives and sugarplum tomatoes for an easy, yet, super-healthy salad.

Adding a whole avocado to raddicchio, dandelion and more multi-colored carrots turns this salad into a meal.

If you do nothing else to modify your diet, make sure you have a daily super-salad loaded with crisp, organic veggies and dark leafy greens. This alone will detoxify and cleanse your body in ways you will notice almost as soon as you begin. I promise you.

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