It’s that time of the year when many of us eat and drink more than we should. Parties and celebrations occur all through the month, and then there’s Christmas Day itself, often with two massive meals as we divide our time between families.
Life is complex, so we often make simple choices for food. Few ingredients, easy to cook, and often pre-packaged. To me it should be the other way around; life should be simple and food should be complex.
I remember in my childhood, a gift for any festival used to be fruits and vegetables, and sugar was a delicacy. This has drastically changed over the past few decades; now sugar is present everywhere and in everything, and fruits and vegetables are rarely seen on the plate.
Often our plate consists mostly of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, with few, if any, vegetables. To make matters worse, we then buy health supplements in a bottle from a pharmacy to make up for a lack of nutrients.
But why, when Nature has provided us with such a variety of nutrients in form of plants, and that at no cost?
So, what’s on my plate?
Since starting my health journey two years ago I developed this salad recipe of nearly 50 ingredients – no copyrights or patents pending!
Chicken – cooked or stir-fried in coconut oil with a little garlic.
Lettuce, cabbage, mizuna, watercress, capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, green chillies, spring onions, beetroot, borage flowers, nasturtium flowers, onion weed flowers, olives, cranberries, blueberries, fresh pomegranate seeds, desiccated coconut, parsley, coriander, sorrel, mint, fennel, cottage cheese (paneer), cheddar cheese, seaweed, olive oil, lemon juice, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, mustard seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, sesame seeds, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
Mix them all in the quantities you like and you cannot go wrong with it. This recipe is low on carbohydrates, and very tasty too. I use mostly cabbage, lettuce, avocado and broccoli as main ingredients and add the other ingredients to my taste or availability in the garden or season.
Grind all the seeds and nuts and nuts listed above beforehand, and use this super-seed mix every time you want to make some salad. I use this in milk also with a bit of turmeric powder and cinnamon powder – it helps fight allergies, reduces inflammation and improves blood sugar too.
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