- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup torn salad greens
- 1 avocado -peeled, pitted and sliced
- 5 strawberries – in slices
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, vinegar, and lemon juice and set aside. Slice the avocado and strawberries into thin slices and place in a separate bowl with the torn salad greens. Drizzle the dressing over the ingredients then sprinkle lightly with pecans. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours before serving for a crisper salad.
Strawberry health benefits
Strawberries have been found to be one of the most powerful food sources of antioxidants. Strawberries make for a delicious snack and are packed with vitamin C and minerals manganese, fibre and potassium. The combination of antioxidants and vitamin C support a healthy immune system, therefore fighting off colds and flus but also decreasing the risk of various cancers forming in the body. Strawberries also contain anti-inflammatory properties which further assists in the prevention of many diseases entering the body.
Strawberries have been linked to improving healthy brain function due to the rich content of vitamins and minerals. In particular the minerals iodine and potassium have been found to increase blood flow to the brain.
Unfortunately strawberries are one of the most chemically treated fruits, due to the low position in which they grow to the ground and the susceptibility to bugs and insects eating them. Therefore it is recommended you buy organic strawberries where possible to avoid consuming chemically sprayed strawberries.
Avocado health benefits
Avocados are also packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6, E and K and minerals copper and fibre. Fibre in particular is important for improving digestion, aiding in the natural detoxification of the body and elimination of waste products.
Avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and omega 3, which have been found to support a healthy heart and balance cholesterol levels. Therefore, avocados help maintain a healthy weight. Much like strawberries, avocados also contain high levels of antioxidants and boast anti-inflammatory properties.
Utilising both strawberries and avocados into a salad makes for a great balance of sweet and savoury flavours. The use of apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon juice as a dressing has an alkalizing effect on the system. This further prevents the formation of diseases and illnesses as they are known to thrive in an acidic environment. Overall this salad makes for a very clean, raw meal option and avoids the use of pre-packaged salad dressings and refined ingredients.
1x bottle olive oil
1x bottle apple cider vinegar
1x fresh lemon
Handful of fresh lettuce leaves or spinach
1x punnet of strawberries (organic if possible)
1x small packet of pecan nuts
Resources: Strawberry health benefits www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=32
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