We’re finally enjoying Spring days! Other than the great weather, I love the Spring season because we really get to freshen and brighten up our plates again. The farmers markets will start blooming with all kinds of colorful and tasty produce. The recipe I’m sharing today has lots of greens! Between cilantro, spinach, and peas, this salad is packed with nutrients and will help to detoxify as we move out of our rainy Winter hibernation. The sweet potato and quinoa really round out the roughage making this dish satiating and nourishing. It’s a vitamin dense recipe that will get you on the right path for a Spring cleaning & recharge! Below I’ll discuss some of the important nutrients available in this salad and you’ll find the link to the recipe as well.
- Cilantro : You’ll get your full day’s worth of vitamin A and K from this herb. Also rich in vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. One of the most important benefits of cilantro is that it helps to detox heavy metals in the system. It is a powerful antioxidant and has shown in studies to minimize lead-induced oxidative stress. Not to mention, cilantro makes everything taste so fresh!
- Spinach : You might have grown up not liking spinach but it is a green that is worth learning to love. It is a power house of iron, vit K, vit A, and manganese. It can help reduce inflammation and is a very good source of dietary fiber. Spinach is also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and provides protein.
- Peas : Peas are definitely underestimated. These little green spheres have many phytonutrients that help in fighting inflammation and bring antioxidant effects. Peas also provide fiber and protein, which helps in regulating blood sugar. Lastly, research has been done on a polyphenol contained in peas that shows protection against stomach cancer.
- Sweet Potato : A food as colorful as this one has to have a ton of nutritional benefit. An awesome source of vit A, C, potassium, and fiber, this tuber also has sporamins – a protein storage that helps reduce oxidative stress to cells. Of course, the amount of beta-carotene is significant and can be taken in by the body best when consumed with a healthy fat.
- Quinoa : The most amazing little grain. Quinoa is a complete protein (it contains all 9 essential amino acids) that leaves you feeling satiated. It is a very versatile grain and you can enjoy it hot, or cold, in soups, or in salads. Adding quinoa to any salad makes it an instant protein powerhouse. It also contains fiber, iron, and lysine, which is important for tissue growth!
Link to recipe: