Monday, June 22, 2009


So I'm on this new kick of composing my food consumption of as much raw food as possible. Yes, this may seem really limiting, but it's also a good challenge to be creative! Since working for Dr. Standifer I have an increased interest in nutrition, and the more things I read and research, the more I am convinced that our bodies function best off of what the earth gives us: fruits, veggies and meat. Easy, right? Well, if you're not too hooked on the typical western norm of pre-packaged foods, dairy, wheat and sugars. It was actually harder than I thought it would be overall, but the health benefits are something I can't deny.

The whole point of this post was to share with you the yummy salad I made tonight, in hopes to encourage more nutritious eating.
Here it is:

Spinach, Raspberry & Walnut Salad
3 handfuls baby spinach, chopped or sliced
1/4 cup fresh washed raspberries
3 tbsp chopped raw walnuts
dash olive oil (cold pressed is best)

Drizzle a desired amount of olive oil over spinach leaves.
Top with raspberries and chopped walnuts.
Toss and enjoy!

This recipe happens to be rich with omega-3 fatty acids, which have gained much attention these days. Basically, our body needs both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but the average American diet is rich in omega-6 oils (canola oil, veggie oil, corn oil, etc.) with scarce amounts of omega-3's. Nutritionists agree that the human body needs about a 1:2 ratio of omega-3's : omega-6's, but with processed and refined foods being the bulk of our consumption, we (Americans) typically consume a 1:10 ratio.
So there you have it...add this salad to a main course of baked salmon or other cold-water fish for even more omega-3's.
I was going to take a picture of this deliciousness, but my battery had run out. Oh well. Next time. Until then...bon appetite!

1 comment:

Carly said...

yum- sounds fabulous. thanks for the nutrition lesson :)