Life is all about balance, and for me it starts with food. Even though I’m gluten free, I still enjoy my carbs, sweets, and other indulgences, but in moderation. Too much of a good thing will easily disrupt your balance, and in order to lead a healthy, happy life there has to be a good balance of nutrients (and treats) in your diet.
The salad below is a healthy pick-me-up after indulging in some Halloween candy; the right combination of greens and veggies to balance out all that sweet sugar I snacked on last night.
It doesn’t take long to make, and packed with nutrients to feed your gut flora, salad is a great choice to get your body back in check. If you think about it, gut flora is like the oil in a car – if you haven’t been taking care and changing the oil, then your car won’t run well. Same thing goes with gut flora. Gut flora is the complex community of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. It is responsible for neutralizing some of the toxins brought on by digestion and at the same time discouraging growth of bad bacteria. It also aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as produces vitamins such as B and K. In order to keep your body running well, you need to feed and maintenance your gut flora.
Here’s one of my go-to salads that feeds and makes my gut flora healthy and my community of microorganisms happy 🙂
- Organic raw baby spinach leaves which are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that provide numerous benefits for health, such as vitamin C for immune support, vitamin K for eye, skin and hair benefits, bone support, digestive support from fiber, and it’s also a great source of iron
- Red, raw onion which contains vitamin C for immune support, flavonoids, phytochemicals and sulphuric compounds – phytonutrients are naturally occurring compounds that are able to react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions
- Avocado that improves digestion, decreases risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, gives your immune system a boost along with a boost to your mood and energy from all the B vitamins avocados provide
- Tomatoes which are loaded with vitamin C, K and A for more immune support and helping fight inflammation
- Apple cider vinegar and oil for a little dressing – just a sprinkle of each for flavor. I prefer Bragg USDA Gluten Free Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar because it’s organic and raw, giving me the benefits of enzymes and potassium for a boost to my immune system as well as aid in digestion, and first cold pressed olive oil for flavor (first cold pressed oil has not been heated to a high temperature during processing that causes the oil to loose flavor and nutrients)
- Green leaf lettuce leaves which are low in calories and still provide numerous nutrients such as vitamins A and K
- For an extra health boost, I substitute toasted sesame seeds for croutons without sacrificing the crunch that croutons provide (as well as adding nutritious oils, vitamins and minerals that sesame seeds provide)
- Bacon, because bacon belongs in just about everything and gives me a little protein and a salty delicious flavor
What do you like to eat when you’ve indulged a little too much?