Summer is the perfect time to practice "Making Salad the Star” of your meal. In addition to being light and cool, summer salads can be a great way to pack in a ton of phytonutrients, vitamins, digestive enzymes, and fiber. Raw fruits and vegetables supply us with high nutrient levels, few calories and are the key feature of an anti-cancer diet.
So, this month we invite you to "Make Salad the Star” of your afternoon and/or evening meal. Below are some tips to create delicious, nutritious and interesting summer salads:
· Add lean protein! Toss in your favorite beans (kidney, garbanzo, or black beans). Or, add leftover chicken, fish or shrimp from last night’s BBQ.
· Toss mixed greens with a tasty quinoa salad or whole grain pasta salad.
· Add fruits like fresh berries, kiwi and mango to mix the sweet and savory.
· Buy locally grown produce as it will be the most delicious and nutritious.
· Make your own oil, vinegar and herb salad dressings and avoid the highly processed dressings like Ranch and Thousand Island.
· Try new salad recipes and don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative.