Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.
~Hippocrates

Summer is normally salad season, the vegetables are fresh and local. I’m a big salad fan.   I prefer a salad at night and my heavier meals during the day. Eating a large serving of fresh, raw vegetables each day can have significant health benefits.  It’s such a good reason to eat salads year round.

1. Salads are full of fiber. 

  • Fiber helps to control blood sugar.
  • Fiber intake helps with weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
  • Fiber normalizes bathroom habits.

2. Fruits & Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that help your body work at optimum health.

  • Eat fruits and vegetables in as many different colors.
  • Vitamins will protect your bones, eyes, your entire body.
  • High levels of folate will protect your heart and prevent strokes.

3. Adding protein will make a salad into a compete meal. 

  • High quality proteins to enjoy with your greens include tofu, free range eggs, ethically caught tuna, salmon, nuts and seeds, lean chicken and turkey,  free range beef and organic cheeses.
  • This will keep you fuller longer and help with weight maintenance.

A Delightful Salad Recipe Round-Up

1. Tomato Quinoa Salad

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Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Takes less than 30 minutes to prep and cook (the quinoa). Peas and Carrots  Recipe Here. 

2. Lentil Fattoush Salad 

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If you’re feeling a little Mediterranean, give this salad a try. You can prep the lentils ahead of time to just throw the ingredients together throughout the week with ease. The Mostly Vegan recipe here.

3.  Sweet Potato Noodle Salad

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Sweet Potatoes are my favorite. Highly nutritious lunch.  Happy Kitchen Rocks Get the recipe here.

4.  Spicy Cucumber Salad and Pan Fried Tofu

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Light and super healthy, this is a great salad even for those that ‘don’t like salads.’ Get the Eat Healthy Eat Happy recipe here.

5.  Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad 

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Kale and Butternut Squash work so well together. So many phytonutrients. Emilie Eats Recipe Here.

There are so many gorgeous salads on Pinterest.  I’m working on an entire Pinterest board of my favorites.   Have you followed me on Pinterest yet?

If you need a good salad cook book with gorgeous photos, you should look into Salad for President by Julia Sherman.

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