After finally getting back into yoga last night, I realized how extremely disconnected my body, mind, and soul have been lately. I used to enjoy exploring my flexibility and strength often and then for some reason working and exhaustion got in the way, which led to a pretty long hiatus. It is so important to take the time for yourself to find peace and relaxation in order to escape the craziness of every day.
Anyway, the main point I’m trying to make here is that it is time to get healthy again! Granted it was my birthday two days ago and I have been celebrating with a fair share of sugary cocktails and treats.
To be completely honest with you, I am not a huge fan of meat. However, I do understand the importance of having protein in every meal. Also, I’m a nacho fanatic so my inspiration for this came directly from seven layer dip. Seven layer salad has all of the flavor of a seven layer dip without the calories!
These are also known as garbanzo beans. They are considered legumes and are very high in protein. The great thing about chickpeas are that they can be served just the way they are, or you can even make them into hummus.
In this mix, the radish adds the crunch factor to the salad. This root vegetable can be served raw. They have zero calories but contain lots of potassium. Radishes are also very good for your stomach and liver and help with digestion.
As you may have realized by now, I have a slight obsession with miniature heirloom tomatoes. The great part about heirlooms are that they all come packaged together but have different flavors to add to whatever you are making.
For the purpose of this salad, I just used the tiny red tomatoes which are a great source of nutrients and antioxidants. I simply cut three small heirloom tomatoes and put them into the salad as they are.
This fresh edamame comes shelled and already boiled in the package! Edamame is found in a pod and is actually considered a soybean. This small bean has high levels of protein, iron, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and even calcium!
When I want to add flavor to my recipes, I immediately grab an onion. They are great because they have a long shelf life, so I always have them. Lately, I have been choosing shallots over regular onions due to the fact that they are much smaller and I don’t need to chop an entire onion for one meal. They contain potassium, fiber, protein, and vitamin C.
Every salad that I eat usually has some sort of nut or seed component. The sliced almonds add crunch without taking over the flavors that already exist with the different vegetables in the salad.
7. Feta Cheese
Feta is a great light cheese from Greece made of sheep’s milk. This adds a creaminess to the salad without being too overbearing or fatty. It is even known as the world’s healthiest cheese. If that isn’t enough, if you are lactose intolerant like me, this cheese is easy to digest and you will not have an allergic reaction.
Almost ready! Finish your salad with cracked black pepper, a tsp of olive oil, a tsp of lemon juice, and a tsp of balsamic vinegar. Shake it up and enjoy, baby!