A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of colour in your diet.  Each day, I went through the main colour groups in foods and their associated benefits.  Today is just a gentle reminder to add lots of colour to your meals.  If your plate is filled with white potatoes, white pasta or white rice, try to restructure your meals so that they look a little different.  The best way to do this is add a little salad to the side of your meal.

Use any greens that you would like – spinach, arugula (rocket), kale or any lettuce variety.  This is a great base and you can add your toppings from here.  It’s very common to buy vegetables and let them sit in our fridge all week.  As a suggestion, try slicing or chopping some of these vegetables ahead of time so you’re more inclined to use them.

Try to create a salad bar in your fridge.  It’s amazing what will happen to your mind when it looks at a bunch of carrots, versus a container of grated carrots.  It is such a small change, but it really works.

It’s also a good idea to have a little cupboard stocked with some seeds and nuts.  These are great toppings to add to your salads for extra protein and healthy fat.  In this salad, I added black sesame seeds, pistachios and sliced almonds.  Black sesame seeds have a higher calcium content than white seeds, which have been hulled.  They are also excellent for promoting regularity.

Mixed Green Salad
1 cup mixed greens
1 cup arugula (rocket)
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup radicchio
1/4 cup pistachios
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Dressing
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 clove garlic, minced

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