With the holiday season now fully upon us we all tend to forget our healthy habits and indulge a little bit more than we usually do. Now I am all for enjoying the odd Christmas cookie or other festive treat, but I always make sure to eat at least one salad a day.
Salads are a great way to get a lot of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need, they are also very light and can be fairly low in calories ( if you for-go the dressings ) but chalk full of nutrients. Now I am in no way promoting a low calorie diet, but with all of the extra fat and sugar we are consuming around the holiday season we should be mindful of our meals. Plus after a night of eating all of the cookie dough ( which I am guilty of, can you say cookie monster? ) a salad can be just the right thing to get you back on track.
My Basic Salad
( Romaine Lettuce, Cucumber, Garbanzo Beans & Avocado )
This is my go-to, basic salad recipe, it is easy to make and very satisfying. As this salad is very light I usually add something with more substance to it to make me feel more satisfied such as a side of potatoes, toast, or rice ( or you know, cookies. ).
Warm Green Bean and Brown Rice Salad
( Baby Kale, Green Beans, Brown Rice, Edamame, Pumpkin Seeds )
Since it is almost winter and the weather is colder sometimes a light and crisp salad does not seem very appealing, so when the wind is howling outside my window I prefer to have a nice warm salad. Here I have lightly steamed the green beans and edamame, added in the cooked brown rice and finely chopped baby kale, threw it all into a bowl and topped it off with some raw pumpkin seeds for a nice, warm and comforting salad.
Peas and Corn Salad
( Peas, Corn, Brown Rice & Garbanzo Beans )
This is another one of my go-to and easy salad recipes. The base always consists of brown rice, peas and corn but I will usually mix up the other contents of the salad so that it is always different. For instance in this salad I simply added some Garbanzo Beans, but I also love adding in shelled edamame, cucumber, avocado or leafy greens and for you omnivores out there shrimp or other seafood would be divine in this.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, please let me know if you have tried one or all of these salads and let me know what you thought of them!
Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday