Updated: Apr 21, 2019
A simple salad? I don't think so!
This was our lunch today and it was so delicious.
Not only was it delicious, it was packed full of nutrients.
I'll break down just a few for you - all organic ingredients.
First the base of the salad is what is referred to as Power Greens which consists of spinach, kale and chard.
Spinach is loaded with the vitamins and minerals of K, A and C, folate, manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium, niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamin E , thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus and copper just to name a few.
Chard provides vitamins A, C, K, omega-3 fats, flavonoid antioxidants such as beta carotene, alpha carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, B-vitamins such as folate, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid, along with the minerals: copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and according to Dr Mercola's information on this highly nutritional-dense powerhouse green, if vitamins could be packaged and labeled as such, they would look very much like kale. The vitamins offered by just one cup of this relatively little-known veggie can trump a whole week’s worth of other foods. Containing high amounts of vitamins K, A, C. Kale can legitimately be called a superfood. In additon it contains iron, protein, and calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Kale’s anti-inflammatory capabilities are unrivaled among leafy greens.
As if that wasn't enough, I topped those greens with black beans, sliced olives, avocado, tomato, cucumber, a few sunflower seeds, ground chia and flax seed. These ingredients added fiber, healthy fats, and protein.
The seasonings that added to the antioxidant strength of all of the above was garlic powder, turmeric, marjoram, a pinch of Himalayan salt and ground black pepper. A little shredded white cheddar, avocado oil and balsamic vinegar made it complete.
This simple salad was simply a small explosion of delicious nutrition!