I am a big believer in ALWAYS having a side salad with meals. It’s a sneaky, easy way to get a mammoth amount more green foods into your daily diet – which is ALWAYS a good thing.
It’s remarkable how little green foods most people get in a day, so even if you are one of those people, you can now get 5-6 ‘serves’ of greens into your body every day with very little effort.
This salad quickly and easily adds 2 additional serves of leafy greens to your daily intake, providing your body with a huge hit of alkalinity, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and powerfully anti-inflammatory compounds too. The protein, fibre, folate, manganese, iron and zinc from the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) is a huge benefit too.
Watercress is an especially important nutrient to including, having been defined as THE most ‘powerhouse’ vegetable by this CDC study and this quick salad is a great, easy way to get some watercress into your day.
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Rocket, Watercress & Mint Salad
100g rocket (also known as arugula)
1/2 bunch of fresh mint
2tbsp of olive oil
2tbsp fresh lemon juice
Himalayan salt and ground pepper
Wash the leaves and dry them. Arrange them in a bowl and toss them through the chickpeas. Sprinkle the mint on top and then add the dressing, salt and pepper and enjoy!
For the dressing, you can use the simple lemon juice and olive oil as listed above. But if you want a bigger omega 3 hit, you can swap the olive oil for flax oil, or even use a combination of both flax and olive (if you find flax oil too nutty-tasting). Getting enough omega 3 each day is crucially important, and one of my favourite ways to make it simple to get your omega 3 requirements, is simply to dress a simple salad like this 2x per day in flax. If you can get 2-3 tablespoons of omega 3 each day you’ll notice a huge difference in your health and energy, and this gives you one of those three spoons!
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