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Delicious Winter Salad

My body loves rhythm and predictability. I love the same 26 posture yoga every day. I love the same dishes every week, sometimes the same lunch and the same breakfast for most days. My mind loves organisation - it has so many things to think about that not having to think about certain things - makes me happy, efficient and able to flow.


My eating style certainly changes by season, depending on routine and what my body needs at the time - but I almost always can eat a similar dish multiple times a day - knowing what is coming, knowing that it is easy to put together - makes me feel good and focused. That said, I don't eat a 3-5 ingredient meal. I love variety in my meals. It keeps it exciting and tasty and ensures that I get the majority of nutrients I need from my meals rather than from supplementation - which is expensive and often ineffective - especially without a proper diagnosis and tes


This last month I have been swamped, but I did not want to compromise on my nutrition. For me, it's always a challenge to eat enough - amongst other things, not eating enough means weight gain for my body - which is something I am conscious of at the moment - who hasn't gained a bit of weight during the pandemic?


My routine is unpredictable at the moment, not something my body and mind likes. Regular meals, however, help anchor me in a routine. So I have been ensuring I have lunch with me wherever I go.


Here is a mix-and-match recipe to give you some ideas that you can use for your daily lunch or as a side dish.


WINTER SALAD


INGREDIENTS


You can use a variety of these ingredients to make your salad as colourful and tasty as you can. My weekly goal is to consume 60 unique ingredients - to ensure the widest variety of minerals, vitamins and nutritional elements.


One or a combination of:

  • Bulgur Wheat

  • Quinoa

  • Black rice

  • Lentils

  • Chickpeas

  • Beans

One or a combination of:

  • Pesto

  • Hummus

  • Vinaigrette (I love apple vinegar, with freshly chopped mint (or a toothpick touch of dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil - a drizzle of Olive Oil - sweetened with a bit of apple juice, if needed)

  • Coco Aminos

  • Tahini paste

One or a combination of:

  • Finely cut baby spinach

  • Finely cut swiss chard

  • Freshly chopped fresh herbs of your choice - chives, coriander, basil, parsley, sage, bay leaf, tarragon, spring onion

A combination of:

  • Diced cucumber

  • Grated carrots

  • Peas or edamame Finely chopped or grated celery

  • Finely chopped or grated onion

  • Diced roasted beetroot

  • Roasted or Steamed Pumpkin

Toppings:

  • Feta cheese

  • Pomegranate seeds

  • Goji Berries

  • Dried cranberries

  • Chopped sundried tomatoes

  • Toasted seeds (flaxseed, sesame, sunflower etc.) - also see our Seed Granola Recipe Red chilli flakes

PREP

  • I like to prepare the ingredients ahead of time (Sundays are my meal prep days).

  • I chop and cook most of the ingredients upfront and pop them into the fridge.

  • The night before (if I am working off-site), I pop it into a container ready to grab the following day - or - if working from my home office - it takes 2mins to mix and match my salad - according to what I feel like for the day.

  • In winter, especially on cold days, I pop this salad into the microwave for a minute before I add the dressing - and voila - you have a delicious, nourishing warm water salad.

TIPS

  • You can turn these ingredients into a poke bowl - delicious in summer

  • You can add on an additional animal protein of choice if desired, e.g. chicken, fish, beef etc.

  • Having these ingredients ready in the fridge also prevent unhealthy snacking - by making it super simple to choose to snack on a mini-salad when the urge to snack hits.


ON THE RUN

If you missed your prep day - or if the whole family munched your salad - and you find yourself in front of an empty fridge - you can run past Woolworths and grab one or two of these.


Baby Spinach & Bulgur Wheat Salad Roast Pumpkin, Bulgur Wheat & Quinoa Salad Bulgur Wheat & Lentil Salad Green Pesto & Bulgur Wheat Salad


I prefer combining two of these varieties to get a broader range of flavours and nutrients into a meal.


Enjoy and let me know how you go with your winter salad.

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