Summer Salads

Jenna Carpenter- Yoga and health coach

Summer salads got me like….yeahhh!! Personally, my body craves more raw, crisp fruits and vegetables during hotter months. Makes total sense right? More foods that are hydrating rather than the typical comfort foods I crave during winter months. So, to stay ontop of nourishing my body, I make sure that I always have foods in my kitchen that can easily be thrown together as a meal or snack.

There are a few key ingredients that I have in this salad, and that I prep almost every week that will give to tonz of nourishment and satisfaction! Here they are:

Garbanzo Beans

Directions to roast: One can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (pat dry with a towel). Place in a bowl and mix in favorite dried herbs like paprika, onion, garlic and a little salt (try and add more if desired) plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir together. Place on a baking sheet, lay parchment paper down and spread chickpeas out on it. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes on 450 degrees fahrenheit in the oven. Here is another yummy roasted garbanzo bean recipe.

These guys are a great source of plant based protein and can be used in many different ways like in salads, stir-fry, tacos in vegetable soups, dips and even desserts! They are super diverse! They are cheap, have a good shelf life (try cooking from scratch) a great source of protein, fiber and carbohydrates. If you make from scratch, soak for 8-10 hours before cooking and add kombu (seaweed), the beans will absorb the trace minerals in kombu which is also known for aiding in digestion and detoxification.

Benefits:

Good for the heart

Contain antioxidants which help build a healthy immune system

Decrease cardiovascular risks

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can help curb sugar cravings. While they give you a little taste of sweetness they also have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, provide relief from arthritis, gout and asthma. They also help stabilize insulin resistance, regulate blood sugar, relieve constipation and promote a healthy digestive system. See here for a recipe.

Benefits:

Good source of fiber

Rich in antioxidants (beta carotene)

High in vitamin c, b, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus

 

Organic Sweet Corn

While many people steer clear from corn because of the way it is processed and grown (gmos), it’s still one of my favorites. I find it to be crucial to buy organic! Corn is another plant that is so diverse when it comes food. I’m not gonna lie, I love corn chips, corn tortillas and corn on the cobb! I do my best to eat in small amounts otherwise my digestion gets a little thrown off. I eat it raw, steamed, grilled, up to you how you want it!

Benefits:

Rich in Antioxidants

Good source of fiber

Promotes healthy vision

I also put tomatoes, spinach, avocado and honestly anything else that I have, I try and make it work! Sprouts, hummus, nutritional yeast, tempeh, grapefruit, pecans, seeds, strawberries…all of these are great options! Taste the rainbow, seriously!

Here is a lil video of me in salad mode during the summer…I wish it was this quick to prepare food!! That’s ok, I’ll embrace the process <3

summer salads

 

 


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