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A Salad and a Shake

Just wanted to share one of my favorite salads and smoothies with many health benefits.

The salad:
-1/2 cup Quinoa
-3 cups lettuce of your choice or mix of different lettuces (I used Savory, Lola Rosa and Kale)
-3 Cucumbers
-1/4 cup Cilantro
-1/2 cup Heirloom Tomatoes
-1 Avocado
-1 Lemon for Dressing
-Olive Oil to taste
-Salt and Pepper to taste

Smoothie:
-2 Medium sized Bananas
-2 Tablespoons Vanilla Hemp Protein
-1 cup Frozen mixed organic Berries
-1 1/2 cup water or Coconut water
-1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
-2 Tablespoons Dry Oats
-2 Teaspoons Spirulina

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, this salad and smoothie together are for you! The salad provides a lot of folic acid which is essential during pregnancy. Avocado, any leafy greens contain lots of Folic Acid. The smoothie has Spirulina which helps with fertility and strawberries which also have Folic Acid.

Give Savory a try.

Savory has many health benefits such as anti-oxidants, helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL). It is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamins A, and C and helps control blood pressure.

And they taste great 🙂

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Get your Beet on! 3 ways to enjoy beets.

You don’t have to be Dwight Schrute to enjoy beets. I don’t own a beet farm but I am just as enthusiastic about them as Dwight! Beets are awesome! I love them but I know they can be difficult to work with at times. There are many health benefits of beets, and eating them raw is the best way to get all that goodness!

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Here are a few ways to prepare beets and enjoy them:

1. Juicing – Try these two juices:

Juice 1 – Beets, carrots, and apple – one of the easiest juices with very few ingredients

Juice 2 – 1 Beet, 1 batch of carrots (usually about 4-5), 1 stalk celery, 1 apple, 1 lemon, 1 lime, about half an inch ginger – This juice is tasty and a great way to also enjoy celery which I find very hard to eat. You can’t taste the celery at all 🙂

TIP:  Swish the juice around in your mouth a little to mix your saliva to get more out of your juice. Saliva has enzymes that will help break down the ingredients to better absorb them in your body, it gives your heart a break from doing all the work of moving everything through your bloodstream.  It helps expand your veins, this is called Vasodilation.

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2. Salad and Salad Dressing

– Juice one beet, add the juice of 1 lemon, about 1/4 cup olive oil, some salt and pepper and mix them all together for a delicious salad dressing. I created the following salad to pair perfectly with the beet salad dressing.

Here’s what you need for the salad:

– 1 Avocado, chopped (not too small)
-1 cup chopped Kale
– 1 cup chopped Lettuce ( I used the lola rosa kind)
– 1/2 cup chopped Green Onions
– 1 cup chopped Green Cabbage
– 1 cup chopped Red Cabbage
– 1/4 cup Walnuts
-1/4 cup Kalamata Olives

Just mix everything together in a bowl and top with beet salad dressing. You can add more walnuts or less if you like.

Here’s a better picture of the salad once everything was mixed in:

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3: Slice them thinly and eat with pretty much anything!

What I did was take one beet, slice it with my veggie pasta cutter (this was about a $35 investment that has come in handy) then combine it with some sweet potato chips (homemade, just preheat oven to 350, slice thinly and roast for 30 mins), 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1/4 cup lentils.

Drizzle some olive oil on top and just eat together, with a spoon, sandwich style or however you like.

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