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I can not imagine a day of my life without a big bowl of salad. In fact if I miss a day of eating fresh vegetables or at least fruits I feel I have a lot less energy. Salad recipes are so easy and I believe you can make almost anything into a part of a salad. Regardless of what time of the day it is a nice bowl of fresh vegetables and fruits is always welcome. 

 

So when I was offered to create and a  Florette Salad recipe I was delighted. You can find it in most supermarkets and there are quite a few smaller shops that offer it as well. 

 

 

super bean salad

 

Here is the recipe, that I created. Its called Super Bean Salad 

 

1/2 bag of Florette Salad, I used the Classic Crispy one, that includes some of my favourite leafy greens.This bag includes Frisée, Lambs Lettuce and  Radicchio. They go perfectly on it’s own, but also make a nice base for your favourite salad combination.

I dress the leaves in a very simple dressing by using 2 part olive oil, one part apple cider vinegar and then adding some salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste. Once you have made the dressing simply pour it over the salad leaves and mix well.

Then place it in your serving bowl.

In another dish choose your favourite beans. I use a combination of red kidney beans, borlotti beans,green beans and some sweetcorn. To dress them I added some fresh mint and and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Mix them and place them on the top of your leafy greens. Then to finish it you can add some mini red peppers which are a nice compliment to the beans.

The salad is complete and can be enjoyed just like that or you can also make it as a part of a meal.

florette salad recipe

 

I like to serve the salad with Ciabatta bread bruschetta. You can use any other kind, but this one goes nicely with it. To make the tomato bruschetta you need some fresh tomatoe, fresh basil, olive oil and a pinch of salt.Simply slice the tomatoes into thin slices, season them with place on the top of the slices of ciabatta.

Pour some olive oil on the bottom of a baking tray and then place the slices there.Put the oven on a medium heat of 150C and bake the bread for about 10-12 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.

Enjoy! 

Eating fresh foods is vital for your overall health and well being and I highly recommend you trying as many salads as possible and exploring the endless possibilities of eating pants. 

You can see some more amazing  ideas and add Florette Salad recipes  to your weekly meals.Now it’s your turn. 

 

Vegan Detox nutrition: What you need to know, plus a few delicious recipes

A vegan way of life is about so much more than fruits and vegetables for every meal and in actual fact, many vegan followers go so far as to call a vegan diet a diet of indulgence. People hear the word ‘vegan’ and automatically picture a lean, toned, fit, health enthusiast with not an ounce of fat on their body. In reality however, not all vegan foods are necessarily healthy and nutritious for the body, which is why vegans often follow detoxifications like everybody else. Some people follow vegan diets for personal and/or ethical reasons, whilst others follow them with the intention of getting fitter and healthier. Whatever their reasons for following the diet may be, one thing’s for sure, and that is that some vegan foods, and indeed recipes for that matter, are far healthier than others.

Detox Your Mind & Body in Phuket, Thailand

Detox Your Mind & Body in Phuket, Thailand

When I was in Thailand I did this raw food detox at PhuketFit (it was really good!) and ever since I’ve tried to do my own detoxification at home. In this article I will show you what I learned and how you can do this at home, too.

Why follow a vegan detox nutrition plan? – A vegan diet plan basically excludes any form of animal-derived food or drink, meaning that not only do vegans not eat meat, fish, or seafood, they also exclude eggs and dairy as well. However, there are still some vegan foods that are considered unhealthy and so vegan detox diet plans may still be called for. The idea behind these detoxes is to flush harmful toxins from the body that may have built up over time. These toxins not only come from unhealthy foods, they’re also in the air we breathe thanks to pollution, and in certain products we use such as aerosol or roll on deodorants. The foods consumed on a vegan detox diet plan will be all natural, low in unhealthy fats, and jam-packed full of vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants, and other nutrients that the body thrives upon. On top of healthy meals, vegan detox followers must also drink plenty of fresh water each day, as that is how the toxins will leave their bodies, in their urine once filtered out via the liver and kidneys.

Vegan detox meal ideas – Now let’s take a look at some simple, yet delicious, vegan detox meal ideas.

Flaked almond “tuna” salad. This is a delicious salad that is rich in protein and vitamins, and couldn’t be simpler to make. The base is made up of almonds that have been soaked and then blended until they form a flake-like texture, just like tune flakes from a can. Diced celery, garlic, cucumber, and red onion is then mixed to add a little texture. Finally, a little melted organic coconut oil is mixed with Dijon mustard, and drizzled over the top.

Pecan and cranberry kale salad

Pecan and cranberry kale salad – Another salad but this one simply has to be tasted to be believed. The kale leaves are very finely chopped and then added to a bowl. The pecan nuts are toasted and then blended into small clumps and mixed with sea salt and a little olive oil. They are then scattered over the kale leaves. A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper is then drizzled over the top. Finally, a few dried cranberries are scattered on the dish.

Pink power detox smoothie – Beverages can also play an important role in any detox plan and this smoothie is no exception. Fresh beet, strawberries, avocado, and fresh lemon make up this smoothie with all of the ingredients basically being blended together with a splash of coconut water. Not only is this beverage rich in vitamins and antioxidants, the avocados also provide healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Can Eating a Vegan Diet Help Cure Depression?
People suffering from depression often feel stigmatized, but the truth is that depression is an illness just like the flu or measles. It is not uncommon to feel a bit down when the weather is awful and you have had a bad week, but whereas the ‘blues’ usually disappear after a day or two, depression can last for weeks, months or even years and requires ongoing treatment such as TMS therapy for depression.
Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can be triggered by outside events such as the death of a loved one or some other major emotional catalyst, but often there is no discernible reason why a person becomes depressed. Depression can also run in the family, so if your mother or father suffers from depression, you are more likely have the illness yourself.

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Vegan burger

The Link between Diet and Depression
You are what you eat, so what we eat can have a dramatic effect on our mental and physical health. Changing to a different diet may help to lift your mood and lessen the symptoms of depression. To illustrate this, a study carried out by the University of Melbourne found that women who ate a diet of high quality proteins, whole grains, fruit and vegetables were 30% less likely to have suffered a major depressive episode compared to participants who ate a diet high in refined sugar and saturated fat.
Eat a Vegan Diet for Depression
If you suffer from depression, eating a healthy vegan diet could help to lessen your symptoms – or even eradicate them completely. Try to include high quality proteins, whole grains, and foods that contain omega-3s and vitamin B12. Tyrosine, an important amino acid, has been shown to boost levels of dopamine in the brain, which can counteract symptoms of depression and prevent further episodes.

can vegan diet prevent depression

Vegan Plate

Foods to Include
Whole grains
Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and carrots all contain high levels of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is good for depression
Tofu, tempeh, legumes and peas are all a good source of tyrosine for vegans
B12 fortified breakfast cereals are recommended by the Vegan Society
Oranges, blueberries, peaches, strawberries and apricots all contain high levels of Vitamin C, which clear up free radicals
Vegetable oil, wheat germ, nuts and seeds also help to mop up free radicals
Walnuts, canola, soybean oil and flaxseed are all good sources of Omega-3
Prevention of Depression with Diet
Prevention is always better than cure, so if you are prone to depressive episodes, but are currently feeling fine, make the switch away from an unhealthy diet of sugar, processed food and fat to a healthy vegan diet. This should lessen the chances of you suffering any more black episodes in the future – and if you do, they should be easier to deal with.
If you have been diagnosed with depression, there are lots of drug-free therapies you can try, including counselling and TMS therapy for depression, which is provided by Smart Brain and Health. However, diet is arguably just as important and it is worth switching to a healthy vegan diet to cure your symptoms from within.