Monday, June 16th, 2008

The Truly Chopped Salad

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I craved a big, fresh, organic salad today, but I wanted to put a different twist on it for some extra fun and added health benefits.

My inspiration was to make something that was easy on digestion, and since chewing is such an important part for healthy digestion (breaking down the food into small enough pieces), I decided to make my big, fresh salad truly chopped to facilitate that.

Basically, I used my food processor to chop all the different components of the my salad into tiny pieces (carrots, red bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, parsley, romaine lettuce). Using my food process, fitted with the “S” blade, I processed the different produce one-by-one until it was in tiny pieces and then transferred it to a bowl. (I didn’t throw everything into the food processor all at once because the foods have differing water contents, and if you, for example, chop up cucumber with carrot, the carrot takes longer to chop, thereby turning the cucumber to mush by the time the carrot gets small enough).

Then, I added dried cranberries to the bowl of chopped goodies, and tossed in a simple dressing (hemp oil, lemon juice, salt, agave nectar). Voila… Truly Chopped Salad. Great for digestion, fun to eat, and delicious. Just imagine all of the other possibilities… fennel, olives, herbs, cilantro, spinach, pineapple, zucchini, beets, prunes, currants, celery, etc. Yum!

My Organic Raw Food Intake (so far):
Peach
Green Smoothie (apple, orange, spinach)
2 large servings Truly Chopped Salad
Summer Strawberry Cobbler (recipe will be posted by tomorrow)
Today’s Workout:
20 minutes on the treadmill (walk/run)
Back strength training (wide-grip pull down, close grip row, hyperextensions)
Jumping jacks between weight lifting sets

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