We’re big on salads here, but I have to admit, I wasn’t always a salad lover. It wasn’t until I expanded my tastes and realized that salads were more than mere lettuce and carrots that I began to love them.
This powerful detox salad will make a believer out of anyone. Not only is it packed with nutrients, it tastes delicious as well.
This salad might be hard to put together off season, so make sure you know you’re getting your produce from a reliable source.
Note, If you can’t find decent whole tomatoes, use grape tomatoes in the off months. They tend to be easier to grow in a wider variety of places, so more grocers have access to them year-round. Besides, they’re tasty by themselves!
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons white or yellow organic miso paste
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon tahini
3 cups mixed pea and sunflower sprouts
1 medium bunch of pink radishes, sliced thin
1/2 diced tomato
1 avocado, halved and thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 sunflower seeds
This salad works great with dinner for two or as an entire meal in and of itself. We’ve also included it in our detox plan, because of its awesome health benefits.
The Purpose of Detox Salads
Depending on your eating habits and general state of health, you may need a bodily “reset.” Detox salads allow you to cleanse the body and get your digestion back in gear.
This is important because many of us suffer from what is called malabsorption, which is often the result of years of poor eating habits. If you can’t properly absorb nutrients, it doesn’t matter how well you are eating, you won’t be able to fully make use of the nutrients.
In order to get your digestive system back on track, a detox or cleansing is often required. This will help restore the balance of your digestive tract and enable you to absorb nutrients at a better rate.
Keep in mind that in matters of health, the state of our digestive system is very important. The ancients considered our gut to be a “second brain,” and science is starting to confirm this as a reality. The enteric nervous system, which comprises our digestive system, uses the same kinds of neurotransmitters as our brain, and it has been found that our gut and brain are in constant communication with one another.
This makes sense when you think about it, as our gut is the entryway for all of the key nutrients that our body needs in order to survive. This system needs to be intelligent, efficient, and intuitive in order to make sure everything functions correctly.
It is said that if the gut is out of balance, so too is the mind.
These systems work with one another, and can influence one another.
It is vital that you take the health of your gut seriously, which is why you should make a detox salad a regular part of your diet. Keeping your gut in an optimal state will help your body absorb nutrients better, and it may even help with issues like brain fog and anxiety.