Eating a little raw food each day is a really important part of our diet and helps to maintain the alkaline levels within the body. There is so much you can do with a salad, so variety is never a problem, they provide fiber rich foods which make us feel fuller so we eat less and provide many powerful antioxidants keeping our cells in better shape. See the benefits of these two and get stuck into a salad!
Carrot and Black Current Salad
½ cup of black currents
1 tsp. organic honey
1 tsp. fresh limejuice
Pinch of sea salt.
Soak the black currents in boiling water for 5-10 mins, whilst peeling the carrots and grate. Put in a salad bowl and add the honey, limejuice and salt. Add the currents and toss well.
Black Currents – Have a lot of therapeutic values and contains complex vitamins such as vitamin C, potassium, salts and essential oils. Considered to be an elixir of youth and helps to eliminate uric acid and anti-rheumatic properties. I’m loving the black currents!!
Carrots – A great source of fiber helping relief constipation, slows down the aging of cells, is excellent for the eyes and contains a good amount of Vitamin A. Also helps in cancer curing properties.
Beetroot and Cucumber Salad
1 beetroot (raw)
½ tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. fresh limejuice
½ an orange squeezed
Fresh coriander leaves chopped
Peel the cucumbers and beetroot and chop in thin strips. Add the curry powder, limejuice, orange juice and garnish with the coriander.
Beetroot – High in nutrients such as Iron and vitamin C, helps in absorbing Iron from the body. It is best eaten raw as if it is cooked it looses its vitamin content as vitamin C is water-soluble.
Cucumbers – Has many health benefits and it is a great hydrator as it contains 90% water. It is a great soother both internally and externally reducing the heat within the body. Great for the skin and for tired eyes. Contains Vitamin B, K and C, potassium, copper and manganese and can help to avoid nutrient deficiency. Apparently they improve the health of the brain too and with many Vitamin B properties also reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, so bring on the cucumbers I say!!
Enjoy crunching on your salads knowing that the suns energy or prana is within everything that has grown below and with that in mind taste every bit and chew in love for that which has been provided for you from nature.
Have beautiful days
Om shanti Om
Mangala / Nicky.
Classes start at Gems International School Kampala, Uganda, next week!