Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Superfood Beauty Salad!

Easy Super Food Beauty Salad! Try it for lunch tomorrow or pack it for school or work this week! Just four simple ingredients!
1. Blueberries- Full of antioxidants! their dark blue color is due to the antioxidant anthocyanin, which helps strengthen eyes and vision. They also contain vitamins A,C, E, carotenoids and flavonoids - all essential to eye health. These antioxidants protect you from free radicals which age your eyes and skin! And there full of B vitamins which give you energy!
2. Walnuts- the highest Omega 3 content of any nut! Omega 3 fat keeps cellular membranes flexible and fluid, optimizing the cells ability to usher in nutrients to prevent dryness and flush out wastes! Their also high in vitamin E which hydrates dry skin. Lastly, their high in melatonin- the hormone that helps you sleep well!
3. Quinoa- (pronounced Keen-wa) The super grain! Well, actually it's not even a grain- it's a seed! It's naturally gluten free! The ancient Incas believed it was a sacred food- for a good reason! Quinoa is an awesome complex carbohydrate to add to your diet. Unlike refined white bread or pasta, quinoa has fiber and nutrients that will actually keep you full and not bloated. It has all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete and easily digested protein- essential for repairing muscle tissue and building strong hair!
4. Greens! Choose any kind you like! I suggest mixed greens, kale, spinach, romaine, or arugula! Greens are probably one of the single most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Their full of vitamins, amino acids (protein), and Iron. Greens are a an amazing source of vitamin A..and did you know that a diet lacking vitamin A can lead to acne? And the list goes on... A good rule of thumb: the darker the better!

Dress your salad with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic or apple cider vinegar or a squeeze of fresh lemon! Enjoy! Let me know if you try it! Tag me on Instagram @beautyandbananas

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