Why you can Eat Salad all Year Round

When people think of something to eat on a hot summer’s evening, a salad often springs to mind. It is usually a cooling dish, full of juicy vegetables, which is just what your body needs when coping with hot temperatures. However, salads aren’t just for the summer. They can be eaten all year round, either as a main course or a side dish. All you need to do is think beyond the idea that salads have to contain cucumber, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Salads don’t have to include lettuce

Many people can only stomach the idea of a salad in the summer because they presume it is going to be packed with lettuce or other types of green leaves – something that is often only appealing when it is too hot to eat much else. Nevertheless, there is no reason why a salad has to contain a large amount of leaves and even if it does, it doesn’t have to be lettuce. Try bulking up your salad with something else, such as roast vegetables, fish, meat, rice, pasta, beans and anything else that takes your fancy. That way, it will seem far more appealing on a cold winter’s night when something stodgy would otherwise seem to be in order.

Salads can be warm

The presumption is often that a salad is cold, but it doesn’t have to be. Poached salmon on wilted greens, flavored with vinaigrette, makes a delicious main course at any time of the year. You can also char-grill vegetables or chicken to mix into a salad, or add in just-cooked pasta or rice. Look for ideas on the Internet, or simply play around with the ingredients that your family likes.

Salads can be a good accompaniment for spicy dishes

There’s nothing more comforting than a spicy bean chilli during the winter months. The same goes for curry — of any variety. However, sometimes it can be a little bit too spicy, so having something cooling to accompany it is a great idea. Indian curries are often accompanied by raita for precisely that reason. Try something along the same lines, or make up your own salad accompaniment with plenty of thirst-quenching, cooling vegetables. 

Salads can be filling

Salads are popular during the summer because they are considered light and refreshing, which is much needed in hot weather. However, salads can be refreshing and filling at the same time, something which you may enjoy during cold, dry spells in particular. In order to ensure you feel full, add protein in the form of meat, fish, or beans to your salad. Whether it is warm or not can depend on how you feel on the day. 

Salads are generally healthy

It is easy to presume that a salad is bound to be a healthy meal option when, in fact, you can add an enormous amount of calories and fat just in the form of the dressing. A tuna pasta salad mixed with full-fat mayonnaise, for example, isn’t going to be all that good for a diet, even if it does taste great. However, if you bear in mind the fat content of the ingredients that you are adding to the salad, you should be able to come up with a healthy, nutritious meal with very little difficulty, something that is ideal for any time of the year. Don’t worry if your usual salad vegetables aren’t available – just work with the fresh vegetables that you have on hand.

When you’re looking for something tasty to eat, whether it is summer or winter, it is worth considering a healthy salad. Just don’t undo the health benefits of a fresh salad by covering it in fatty dressings and by overdoing the cheese.


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Healthy Juices for Total Wellness

Juicing your own fruits and vegetables is far more nutritious than any of the store bought juices that have been bottled or canned for months before they are sold and lose their nutrition and vitamin potency.

During summer months it’s easy to whip up a pitcher of lemonade with real lemons that actually alkalize you as well as being refreshing and wholesome. Orange juice made from real oranges is like the nectar of the gods and far more superior to the canned concentrates that passes for orange juice today.

Juice bars are continuing to spring up all over and are very popular with health enthusiasts, athletes and for people that need that extra jolt of nourishment. Juicing equipment can be as simple and inexpensive as a juice reamer you can purchase at any department store or as fancy as a Juice Extractor.
Use the freshest ingredients when juicing, wash fruits and vegetables or use organic produce to juice that do not contain pesticides or other chemicals.

Benefits of Juicing for Health:

If you live in a southern state like Florida juicing is as easy as going into your back yard and picking the fruit yourself.

Fruit Juices: You can juice any type of fruit including apples, oranges, peach, plum, cherry, lemon, lime, pineapple and nectarines. Berry juices include, strawberry, raspberry, blue berries and blackberry.

Vegetable Juices: Vegetables that are good for juicing are: carrots, beets, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, and cabbage.

Herbs: You could also add the herbs you like to any vegetable juice such as: basil, dill, mint, parsley, tarragon, watercress, and rosemary.

Melons: Melons are great because they contain so much liquid you could fill a glass in no time and they can be cantaloupe, honeydews and watermelons.

Adding garlic cloves to your juice recipe adds the benefits of garlic and its anti-biotic properties. You can also add fresh ginger root to help digestion or easy a stomach ache. Another good addition is coconut milk which is beneficial for many illnesses.

Benefits of Juicing:

-Juices are liquids so they are easily absorbed by your body delivering the nutrients very quickly and enter the bloodstream within 30 minutes.
-Juicing allows you to consumer greater volumes of fruits and vegetables to meet your daily requirements of fruits or vegetables in one large glass.
-Juices contain everything in one glass the enzymes, vitamins, minerals and nutrients without having to take supplements.
-Juices will detoxify your body cleaning your bloodstream of toxins and detoxify the most overused organ in your body your liver.
-Fresh juices are extremely alkaline which counteracts the acids that allow cancer growth.
-Juices contain calcium and other beneficial minerals, such as potassium
for healthy tissue and cells.

Recipe for Delightful Ambrosia

The word Ambrosia comes from the Greek word meaning ” immortal” and to some it has restorative powers that makes you feel immortal.

1 Pineapple
1 Apple
1 Orange
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1 Banana

Extract juice from pineapple, orange and apple with extractor, then put into blender with remainder of ingredients. Enjoy.

Juices can be incorporated into all your meals from vegetable juices used in soups to juices used in salad dressings, parfait and pies.

The health benefits are enormously overwhelming and the potential for maintaining wellness will keep you immortal for a very long time.


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