A Summer-Inspired Salad!

Simple and healthy ingredients: baby spinach, strawberries, walnuts, black sesame seeds and apple cider vinegar.

Simple and healthy ingredients: baby spinach, strawberries, walnuts, black sesame seeds and apple cider vinegar.

Since strawberries are in abundance during this summer season, and it was Canada Day yesterday, I really wanted to make a healthy and light salad to go with the red patriotic theme (minus white!) for my guests.  It was so simple to make and quick, and it was a hit at the party! 🙂

Here’s the recipe:

VIOLET’S STRAWBERRY, WALNUT & BABY SPINACH SALAD

Serves: 8-10 people

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: about 1 minute

Ingredients:

1 package/bag organic baby spinach

1 cup sliced organic strawberries

1 cup chopped walnuts (you can also get raw walnuts in a package that are already in pieces)

4 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Instructions:

  1. Wash, drain and dry baby spinach and strawberries.
  2. Slice strawberries into quarters.
  3. Chop walnuts if you need to.
  4. Toss baby spinach, strawberries and walnuts in a salad bowl with the apple cider vinegar.
  5. Sprinkle black sesame seeds into the salad as garnish.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Special healthy and important facts I learned from the following food:

Strawberries- One serving of strawberries provides 51.5 mg of Vitamin C, about half of our daily requirements.  They are also good for our eyes and prevent wrinkles!

Walnuts- They are high in protein, vitamin E (helps protect dry skin from environment), fibre, some B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and potassium.  Also, they contain melatonin, a hormone that helps ensure good sleep (good sleep = radiant, supple skin) and increases antioxidant activity.

Baby Spinach- It is low in calories and high in water content.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program, it is among the top 12 foods where pesticide residues are found, which is detrimental to our health.  Therefore, it’s best to buy and eat only organically grown baby spinach!

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw)- It helps promote the growth of probiotics (good bacteria in our intestines that aid in digestion) and helps balance the yeasts and bacteria in our bodies that feed off sugar.  According to Kimberly Snyder, eating it may help alleviate sugar cravings.  You have to buy a brand labelled “raw” and “unfiltered” to reap the many health benefits of it.

Black Sesame Seeds-They benefit us in increased energy and longevity!

 

If you like to learn more about any of the food, please check out where I got the information:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/healthy-eating/10-health-benefits-of-strawberries

The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods that Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You by Kimberly Snyder

http://www.livestrong.com/article/258415-what-is-the-nutritional-value-of-baby-spinach/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Every-Day.html

http://krisheeter.hubpages.com/hub/Black-Sesame-Seeds-a-fountain-of-youth

 

Happy Summer!! 😀

Cheers, Violet

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