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Powerhouse Salad Recipe

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Spinach is definitely a favorite of mine! I enjoy it raw, cooked, steamed, or juiced.

I am always looking for tasty ways to increase my intake of greens. I usually do a a green smoothie with breakfast and a salad with dinner. This recipe is my current favorite salad. It incorporates several of the powerhouse foods (meaning high nutritional content) thus I named it “Powerhouse Salad”.

Ingredients:

1 bunch (or about two generous handfuls of spinach) of washed, dried, and cut spinach

1/2 of the seeds from a pomegranate (here’s one easy way to remove seeds and here’s another simple method)

1/2 of an apple or pear chopped

1/2 cup of blueberries

1/4 cup chopped walnut

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Sprinkle with hemp seed

Toss with your favorite ‘sweet’ dressing such as a honey mustard, raspberry vinaigrette, or poppy seed and enjoy!

We are fortnate to have an abundance of healthy foods available to us and when we chose to honor our bodies with nutritious foods we have prepared for ourselves, often feelings of joy, delight, and satisfaction follow. While eating your powerhouse salad, chew slowly and deliberately while consciously focusing on the flavors. Try having an awareness, appreciation, or even gratitude for the nourishing foods you are enjoying. I have been trying to slow down (I know this is really, really difficult with small children) when I eat. Not only to savor the flavor and texture, but to create a mental awareness for the nutrients the foods are providing. Creating positive associations with healthy foods can be an important step in dietary changes. By practicing mindfulness, you can significantly influence your food choices. :)

If you make this salad for yourself or your family, let me know what you think or what alterations you make. Also if you practice mindfulness while enjoying, would love to hear your experiences with that.

-Sarah