Most people have a love/hate relationship with Salads. They know that Salads are good for them and that they SHOULD love salads, but sadly just don't.
Maybe you find yourself in a place of mere "tolerance" of salads and their place in your life. You certainly don't love them, but you don't hate them either.
Maybe Salads don't even make it onto your menu - EVER. Because, you know, they are green...and gross! Lol
Wherever you are on the spectrum I am here to add some options that you probably haven't thought of, dispel some sad salad myths and give you some Rockin' Recipes that will knock your socks off.
You will be wondering where salads have been all of your life and will find yourself instantly in Salad Love!
Salads in and of themselves are very simple. They can be beautiful modalities to deliver the fresh goodness of healthy fruits and vegetables in our bodies or they can be ways to deliver chemicals, preservatives, gut glue and junk food disguised in a bowl of salad into our bodies.
In this course we are going to be focusing on using salads as the Modality to deliver Fresh, Clean Goodness into our bodies and getting away from using salads to deliver chemicals and preservatives into the body.
This means that the #1 mistake that people make in eating salads - namely taking something that at it's core is pure and clean, fresh and without chemicals and turning it into a chemical concoction in order to make it palatable - is the first thing we are going to throw out the window.
Congratulations! By adding that bottled/boxed/packaged salad dressing to your salad you just took something that WAS natural and turned it into something processed. Don't Do That!
Add No processed ingredients to your salads. It's just not necessary. Your salads start out all raw and full of living enzymes and then by pouring bottled and packaged dressings over it, we then add chemicals and preservatives to something that WAS all natural.
It immediately changes the way that the body processes the food during the digestive process. Foods that are clean and are pure, REAL foods the body knows exactly what to do with - in simple terms, break it down, extract what we can, assimilate and boost energy, hormones, body functions and eliminate the waste.
Foods containing chemicals, dyes and preservatives which are 100% in every single packaged item that you can purchase off of the grocery store shelves (whether listed on the package or not) require for the body to first figure out what is in the ingredients are and then how to use them. It tries to get rid of the unnecessary chemicals, dyes and preservatives. Sometimes, depending on your toxicity level it has to store these in the body tissues until such time as the body can get rid of them. This process requires more precious energy, sometimes continues the process of gut damage and definitely deflects from your body to be able to immediately take that food (real food) and convert it into pure energy.
*FYI - just because a bottle of dressing says "Natural" or even Organic does not mean that it does not contain unlisted chemicals, preservatives, dyes and pasteurized ingredients. I am not saying that all bottled dressings are bad, but what I am saying is that if we re-frame how we look at what we put on our salads and leave out the processed ingredients we now have at our fingertips a Powerhouse of vitamins and minerals for the body.
Here are some great dressing ingredient ideas that you may not have thought of blending together to make new and exciting dressing combinations:
- plums, persimmons, jicama, zucchini, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, mango, peaches, yellow tomato, cherry tomato, cucumber, mandarin orange, tangerine, orange juice, avocado, green onion, red bell pepper, sprouts, flax seed, hemp seed, chia seed, dates, sundried tomato, chard, bok choy, sprouts, carrots, grape tomatos, herbs like basil, cilantro and rosemary, chives, golden delicious apple, apricot, raw corn cut off of the cob, dandelion, kale, spinach, alfalfa, black grapes, red grapes, muscadine, pears, kelp, peas, mustard seed, mustard greens, cabbage, purple onion, lime, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, beet, squash, sesame seed, cherries, grapefruit, raisins, figs
The combinations available to you via fresh ingredients that will have natural taste, not a manufactured one, are absolutely endless. It is so exciting to discover a new recipe that just trips your taste buds into bliss territory.
Trust me, start playing around with the dressings and the salads that you used to eat will be history and the new salad experience will become something that you look forward to and will quickly come to love.
Fresh is best. It is very true that if you can use fresh ingredients, that is the best for you. Organic ingredients add another layer of awesomeness, and if organic options are available to you definitely choose to go that route. But, if fresh isn't available, frozen will be the next best choice. Sometimes it is hard to get particular fruits during certain times of the year and buying frozen organic fruit makes an easy and readily available source for you.
Be prepared. If you know that you are going to be traveling or that you are going out to dinner. It is totally no big deal to blend up a small batch of your favorite dressing, order a plain salad at the restaurant and when your meal comes pour your dressing over your salad. This way you can enjoy the fellowship with others, enjoy a dining out experience, keep your salad a bowl of Rocket Fuel for the body instead of a mixture of chemicals and ingredients that will partially digest really fast and partially turn to glue in the intestines.
Work on keeping a good attitude about what you are doing for your body and not playing the martyr when eating out with family and friends. It is sometimes hard when we are dieting, doing a cleanse or detox, or fighting for our health and we look around and everyone else seems to be eating whatever they want, but you need to remember that it is best for your body and emotions if you stay present and worry about what you are doing for you - not what everyone else is or is not doing for themselves.
So plan ahead. Make sure that you always keep your favorite fruits and veggies on hand so that you can whip up a salad or some dressing to go at a moment's notice. Blended fruits will keep just fine in a jar or a tupperware container, and your body will totally thank you and rewards will abound.
Digestability is of the utmost importance when we are talking about salads. Most people think of salads as being easy to digest, but I would have you to know that lettuce and nuts and seeds are most often not broken down very well by the body. This is very likely to be way too much information to share in a yummy food recipe post, but as the past 5 years have been spent owning and running a colon hydrotherapy firm I can tell you for a 100% fact that the large majority of the thousands of clients that I have seen do NOT break down salads at all. I can tell everything that you had on your last salad...you know how?? Because I see it in your tank! Gross, right? But you know what, it's totally true.
So, when we are preparing our own salads and we are using fibrous greens like kale a great way to help to break them down is to chop the lettuce into small pieces and then to take those pieces and rub them between our hands, or "massage them, in order to help break the cell walls and aide digestion.
Digestive enzymes are great to take when eating salads.
And lastly and most importantly - Chew Chew Chew! Most of us literally take a bite of food, chew like twice, and swallow that whole mouthful down. Stop doing that! Your stomach sends that food on through before the stomach acid and enzymes have time to break it down and then guess how much of the vitamins and minerals you are getting.... little to none.
That means that for those of you who aren't in a true love-love relationship with salads you just ate that whole salad for nothing! I'm just kidding, it wasn't for nothing. It was definitely better than putting a whole bunch of chemicals, preservatives and dyes into the body, but it would be better if you were actually able to assimilate most of what you are taking in.
So, with all that said - chew your salads. Break the habit of shove in and swallow and your body will thank you. :)
Commit to adding 1 salad per day to your diet (and one smoothie too, if you can). This will add at least one snack or meal that has all of it's enzymes in tact, is easy to digest if it is chewed, packs a power punch of vitamins and minerals and is totally easy and fast to make. Put energy into taking care of your body and make the effort to do that by preparing fresh, whole, ripe, raw foods like the examples that I lay out for you below.
Salad Building Made Simple:
Step 1: Choose a bed of leafy greens or spirulized vegetables or a combination of the two.
Step 2: Prepare fresh ingredients to add to your salad bed. Use fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts - not processed ingredients (even if the bag/bottle/can says it's "natural").
Step 3: Prepare your own salad dressing from fresh fruits and vegetables. Simply add to a blender or food processor and BAM, there you have an awesome body rockin truly natural dressing. Fresh. Simple. Easy. Pour this over your salad.
Step 4: Chew your salad when you eat it. None of this shove the bite in and immediately swallow. Consider taking digestive enzymes with your meals to help with the digestive process.
Recipes to Rock Your Salad Loving Socks Off!
Ingredients: Blackberries, blueberries, orange slices, spinach, mango
Directions: Prepare spinach and place in salad bowl. Place orange slices, blackberries and 1/2 of your blueberries into salad bowl. Blend mango and the remaining blueberries and pour over salad as your dressing. Option: Add raw sunflower seeds.
Ingredients: Lettuce, strawberries, avocado, fresh orange juice
Directions: Prepare your greens and place in salad bowl. Chop up 3/4 of your strawberries and place in salad bowl. Blend avocado, fresh orange juice and strawberries for an unbelievably delicious dressing experience.
Ingredients: Romaine lettuce, mango, cherry tomato, peaches
Directions: Chop lettuce and place in bowl. Dice mango and 1/2 of your tomato and place into salad bowl. Blend your peaches and the remainder of your tomato for a taste explosion! Pour said taste explosion over the lettuce and mango so that you can consume this heavenly goodness.
Ingredients: 1/2 Head of Kale, Red Bell Pepper, Strawberries, Mango (optional)
Directions: Chop up the Kale for your salad base. Taking the small pieces of chopped kale and massaging it through your hands will make the kale a bit more easy to chew and digest. Chop up 1/2 of the Bell Pepper into small pieces and put it into the salad bowl. Chop up 1/2 of your strawberries and put into your salad bowl. Blend via your blender or food processor the bell pepper, strawberries and mango if you choose. Pour this fresh, clean amazingly mouth watering dressing over your salad and eat. (Adjust the amount of dressing by adding more or less strawberries and mango to taste. Make some of this dressing in advance and take it with you when you go to restaurants in order to avoid processed dressings.
Ingredients: Kale, Avocado, Fresh Orange Juice
Directions: Prepare your kale (or the greens of your choice) by chopping into small pieces, and then massage the greens in between your hands to help them begin to break down so that they are easier to digest. Blend 1/2 avocado with fresh squeezed orange juice. Pour dressing over salad and BAM!
Simple, quick, delicious!
Ingredients: Romaine Lettuce, Baby spinach, zucchini, mango, red bell pepper
Directions: Chop and mix together your romaine lettuce and spinach (or greens of your choice) and place in salad bowl. Take 1/4 of your zucchini and chop into small pieces and place into the bowl. Take the bottom 1/4 of your bell pepper and chop into small pieces and place into salad bowl. If you have a spirulizer you can spirulize the remainder of the zucchini into "noodles" and place into bowl. (Alternately you can cut the zucchini into very small and thin strips and this will also achieve the effect of adding a different texture into your salad.) Blend the remainder of the bell pepper and your mango and pour over your salad as the dressing.
Alternatives: You can save a bit of the zucchini and blend as part of the dressing as well and this will give the dressing a smooth and creamy texture. You can also add mango chunks into the salad. Sprouts and green onions would also go great with this salad.
Ingredients: Romaine lettuce, Red leaf lettuce, tomato, 1/4 of a purple onion, raspberries, 1/2 red bell pepper, mango
Directions: Chop up greens, mix well and add to salad bowl. Chop up 1/2 of your tomato, a few raspberries, part of your onion and part of your bell pepper and add into the salad bowl. Blend together the remainder of your tomato, raspberries, onion, bell pepper and mango. Pour over salad as a dressing.
This will get your taste buds to puckering as this salad is tart, baby!
Ingredients: Romaine lettuce, spinach, 1 to 2 banana, 1 mango, strawberries
Directions: Chop up and mix together the romaine and spinach and add to salad bowl. Chop up 1/2 to 1 banana and place into salad bowl. Blend the remaining banana, mango and strawberries together as a dressing. You could also add chopped strawberries and mango to the salad as well.
Ingredients: Kale, Mango, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Directions: Chop kale and then massage pieces between hands to begin the breakdown process of the leaves. Chop part of your mango and place into salad bowl. Blend the remainder of your mango as well as your fresh squeezed orange juice and then pour over your salad as the dressing.
Ingredients: Baby red and green romaine, spinach, tomato, red bell pepper, mango
Directions: Prepare greens by chopping into small pieces and place into bowl. Dice 1/2 of your tomato and mango and bell pepper and place pieces into salad bowl. Blend the remaining tomato, bell pepper and mango for the dressing.
Options: Add sprouts or raw sunflower, hemp or flax seeds to the salad. You could also add scallions or cilantro to the dressing to give yourself some variation on the dressing flavor.
Ingredients: Spinach, lettuce, baby kale, 2 mango, blueberries
Directions: Prepare your greens by chopping and hand massaging to help break up the fibers if necessary. Chop up one mango and put into salad bowl. Blend your the remainder of your mango and blueberries for your amazing salad dressing.
Talk about a taste explosion!!
Ingredients: Romaine lettuce hearts, 5 to 10 fresh dates, blueberries
Directions: Chop lettuce and place into bowl. Blend dates and blueberries (adding water as necessary) and pour over salad as a dressing.
Now, just because I don't have the time nor the inclination to continue to post pictures of salads for you and by now you get the gist of how to put them together, here is a list that you can scan through for some combinations that contain some of your favorite foods and make your taste buds scream hallelujah! This list is by no means exhaustive. I would love to hear about the combinations that you come up with so feel free to share in the comments below!
Experiment. Have fun. It doesn't have to be perfect as long as you are investing in you and keep moving forward.
And you will notice that there are NO processed ingredients listed below. Everything is fresh. Please refrain from falling back on engrained habits of throwing the old standby ingredients into your salads. Keep it clean and salads become an actual modality delivering precious vitamins, minerals, nutrients and enzymes to the body so that it can heal and thrive.
- yellow tomato
- cherry tomato
- mandarin orange
- orange juice
- green onion
- red bell pepper
- coconut water
- flax seed
- hemp seed
- chia seed
- sundried tomato
- bok choy
- grape tomatos
- herbs like basil
- golden delicious apple
- raw corn cut off of the cob
- black grapes
- red grapes
- mustard seed
- mustard greens
- purple onion
- sesame seed
Here are is a list of salad dressing ingredient combination suggestions. Play around. Figure out what are your favorites. Use different amounts and combinations to get that absolutely perfect dressing that causes you to crave more.
Blend the following combos to try something new. (Add water in small amounts if you need to adjust for consistency.)
- 1 clementine, 1-1/2 tomato, few sprigs of fresh dill
- 3 tomatoes, 1 mango, 2 sundried tomatoes, 1 red bell pepper, small ginger piece, coriander to taste
- 1 mango, 1/2 lemon juice, sesame seeds
- 1/2 fresh beet, 3 dates, cinnamon to taste
- 1 avocado, 1/2 lemon juice, basil
- 2 pears, blended
- 1 pear, juice from one orange
- 1/2 zucchini, 1-2 green onions, 2 dates, one orange juiced
- grapes and sun dried tomatoes
- raspberries and celery
- raspberries and 1 mango
- 1 tomato, 1 peach, dill
- 3-4 clementines and parsley
- 1 ripe persimmon, 1/2 lemon juice, 1 orange or just the juice, dill
- 1 mango, a few basil leaves, 1/2 squeezed lemon juice