Cleanse or regular old way of eating?

Truth!  What did you think of when you saw this picture?  Ack? Double ack? Or, wow, that’s refreshing, I’d love to have that?

Truth is, this meal was prepared by friend and Anusara-inspired yoga teacher colleague, Charles Faris. And he’s not on a cleansing regime. He just loves good, wholesome food.

What’s more enticing – this is super easy to prepare. Line a plate with baby spinach leaves, cut an avocado into 4 pieces, then halve them, shred raw beets (oh, be still my heart) as a center piece and drizzle sesame ginger dressing on top. The flavors meld like no body’s business.

Haven’t tried raw beets before? Please, give them a try – they are a far cry from the ‘tastes like dirt’ exclamations usually heard about beets. Fresh, carrot-like consistency, they are super yummy.

Avocado adds a delicious mouthfeel from the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat they contain, and, by the way, help your body absorb even more fat-soluble nutrients, like carotenoids and lutein. Plus, they douse you with fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid (needed for healthy baby production).

And spinach? There’s not room enough in a blog to list the nutrients spinach holds and readily shares with you. Save calcium – hmmm, the oxalic acid in spinach prevents your body from effectively using the calcium found there. Yet, there are so many beneficial attributes to this gloriously green leaf, no worries.

When beets marry spinach, you have cardiovascular health delight! No kidding. All jokes aside, give this salad a try. Find a bottled sesame ginger dressing or try this one. 

Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing

1/4 c. rice wine vinegar

1/4 c. soy sauce

1/4 c. toasted sesame seed oil

1/4 c. extra-virgin expeller-pressed olive oil

2 T. water

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. fresh ginger, minced

1 t. freshly ground black pepper

1 dried thai red chili (optional)

Mix all together. This tastes even more spectacular after it seasons for a day in the fridge.



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