On Monday I decided to make sure I ate two big salads a day in order to implement a lifelong habit. Before monday, the idea of making a salad seemed ALL too tedious. Buy the romaine, wash the romaine, cut the romaine, and dress the romaine. Seriously now, too many steps in there. Unless my mom already had a salad on the table I'd resort to my simple 2:1 (fruit-green ratio) smoothies. Today was day 3, and I can't even explain the improvement in myself. The key to enjoying these salads starts in the right dressing. You need to experiment until you find the best combination of fruits/nuts/ seeds/oils. Naturally, raw vegans tend to stray away from heavy dressings, but I realized the mixture of sea salt, olive oil, and lemon was not attractive enough to have me eating two big bowls a day! Here's what I've been mixing in:
-dried cranberries (sulfite-free)
-strawberries or orange slices
-whole raw walnuts
-any citrus juice: lemon/lime/orange
-whole kalamata olives
-fresh basil, and mint
-any other interesting veggies: cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms
Challenge: Eat 1-2 big salads as a meal or before a meal for one week, comment back on any noticeable improvements, or blog about them, and spread the word to non-veggie eaters!
Improvements: SKIN, hello! Energy and mental clarity. and UM, movement..ya get the drift.
This entire mix keeps me full for at least 4-5 hours. I use over half a head of romaine lettuce. I used spinach on monday, but I'd prefer to keep those leaves for my smoothies.
What's your favourite salad dressing/combination??