The "Glowing Skin" Salad - Tips and Recipe
Take a look at this beautiful Vegan Detox Salad. This low sugar, gut healthy recipe is one sure fire way to get on the path to that glowy skin.
Why will this salad help your skin glow?
High levels of Levels of sulforaphane.
Sulforaphane; a chemical compound which is naturally present in cruciferous vegetables are the highest in broccoli sprouts. Sulforaphane has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, neuroprotective, and anti-diabetic properties.
Bursting with Vitamin C.
This salad has loads of Vitamin C from the addition of rainbow carrots, watermelon radish and beets. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C and its role in collagen production make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary vitamin C has beneficial effects on skincells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet induced damage to the skin.
Full of Antioxidants and Omega 3's.
Chia seeds provide the body with a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. They are also rich in antioxidants which help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer.
Supports the production of healthy bacteria in the gut.
The addition of fermented beets, helps support a healthy gut flora. Raw beets also help boost immune function thanks to high vitamin C, fiber, potassium and manganese, while the betalin pigments and sulfur-containing amino acids in beets support your body's detoxification process.
Rules to follow when making a Salad:
Use a variety of color.
Different colors indicate different nutrient profiles, so focus on getting a little of each color in your bowl each meal to maximize the nutritional benefits.
Always include an element of fat.
Whether its nuts, avocado, an almond cheese or a cold pressed oil in the dressing. This addition of fat will help satiate you.
Don't skimp on size.
If you're using a big base of salad greens, load that baby up. Salad greens are low in calories and high in water content, so the more the better.
Don't mix fruit or sugar in with your salad.
I try to avoid adding dried fruits or berries etc in my salads as these digest quicker than vegetables and proteins and can cause discomfort and gas during the digestion process.
Add in a high quality source of Vegan protein.
Although you can get a good amount of protein from vegetables, I always like to add a plant based protein source like hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts or tempeh to my salads to help make it a well rounded meal.
Never skip on the dressing.
The dressing is my favorite part. Whether its a mix of avocado oil and lemon juice. Or a tahini drizzle. There's nothing more boring (or unsatisfying) than eating a dry, undressed salad.
"Glowing Skin" Salad Recipe
What you'll need:
- 50g mixed salad greens
- 1/2 cup broccoli sprouts
- 5 rainbow mini carrots, sliced thinly
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 watermelon radish, thinly sliced and cut into quarters
- 2 tbsp Kite Hill Foods almond cream cheese
- 2 tbsp fermented beets
What to do:
- In a large bowl, mix all your ingredients (except the cream cheese) together in a large salad bowl
- Drizzle through the avocado oil and juice from your lemon and stir well
- Transfer to your salad bowl and serve with a few dollops of almond cream cheese