Since I came back from Mexico I haven’t felt quite my usual self, my digestion hasn’t been the best, I have been feeling a bit sluggish, tired and my skin has been breaking out. I am a strong believer in always listen to your body, try to read the signals that is sending you and act consequently. That’s why last week I decided to go back to basics and to my old times friends: veggies!
I have been lucky enough to have been told about the super powers of vegetables since I was a little girl; before every meal my parents will make us eat a salad, day and day out, no exclusion. Even when I really didn’t want to eat it they were adamant I wasn’t going to eat my dinner before have eaten my plate of raw veggies. 30 years on I simply couldn’t be more grateful to my parents to have instilled in me this almost therapeutic relationship with vegetables. Whenever I don,t feel at my best I just go back to eat abundant, raw, vibrant veggies and I know they will do me wonders.
I know what you are thinking, salad = boring, but these my friends are not your iceberg lettuce and cucumber salads, these are flavoursome, crunchy, goodnes power house, epic raw salads which will make you feel vibrant, full of energy and especially will make your skin glow!
I would recommend eat at least one of this salad a day for 5 days, if you are still hungry after please feel free to eat something else, this not a deprivation diet, or one of those terribly sad detox programme.if I am still hungry I would normally have maybe some brown rice, sweet potatoes or some gluten free pasta. This little plan is about adding goodness, vitamins into your diet, is not about starvation.Just eating 1 raw meal a day I garantee you you will start feeling so much more energetic and vibrant.
This salad has been inspired by my recent holiday in Mexico. Is the only salad out of the 5 which is not fully raw but nonetheless is still packed with veggies goodness. I love eating this salad with super creamy avocado hummus and I find extremely filling and satisfying. I love to go absolutely crazy with the coriander as I adore it’s fresh fragrance but you can stick with an handful. That’s the beauty of these kind of meal you can use as much as you like of the ingredients to tailor it to your personal taste.
1 can of mixed beans ( like red kidney beans, black beans etc…)
1 small can of unsweetened corn
1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
1 red pepper diced
1/2 cucumber diced
1/2 red onion finely chopped
1 red chilli finely sliced
1 sliced avocado
a bunch of coriander finely chopped
For the dressing:
extra virgin olive oil
the juice of 1 lime
For the avocado hummus:
1 can of chickpeas
2 tablespoon of tahini
1 clove of garlic
the juice of 1/2 lemon
water if needed
salt and pepper to taste
To make the hummus: in a food processor blend all the ingredients until a smooth cream starts to form. Scoop it out and pour into a bowl.
For the salad: drain and wash the beans and the sweet corn and place them into a bowl. Add all the chopped vegetables and top with few slices of chilli and avocado. Dress the salad with olive oil and lemon juice and serve with the avocado hummus.