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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Superfood Salad Recipe for Weight Loss

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Everyday Superfood Salad Recipe for Weight Loss

I’ve been so inspired by all the delicious fall recipes floating around the internet lately!! I LOVE root veggies and winter squash so I’m getting excited about coming up with more of these great fall inspired recipes! Last night I realized that it was the first time I had used my oven in months!! I was so excited to fill the house with the smell of roasted sweet potatoes. There’s something so nostalgic about the smell of potaoes cooking in the oven on a cool autumn evening.

This delicious salad is loaded with superfoods and hearty enough to satisfy even the biggest appetites! From one of my favorite home reference books on nutrition “Healing With Whole Foods“, here are the health benefits of each of the ingredients of this superfood salad:

  • Beets: excellent for heart health, circulation, acts as a blood purifier, supports healthy liver function, great for digestion, and hormones! Carrots + Beets are said to be great for menopause! 
  • Sweet Potatoes: natural detoxifier, supports the kidneys, rich in vitamin A, great for breast milk production in lactating women, and great for inflammation.
  • Kale: great for the stomach and digestion, rich in minerals, eases lung congestion, great source of chlorophyll, calcium, iron, and vitamin A
  • Quinoa: Rich in protein, strengthening for the whole body, supports kidneys, has more calcium than milk, excellent source of iron, phosphorous, B vitamins, and vitamin E.
  • Avocado: great for healthy liver function, lungs, intestines, a natural source of lecithin (a brain food), contains easily digested fats, rich in copper which aids in red blood cell formation, great for nursing mothers, wonderful for skin, also used as a remedy for ulcers.
  • Sweet Peas: support the spleen, pancreas, and stomach, great for digestion, support healthy liver function, also great for spasms, edema, constipation, and boils.
  • Pine Nuts: lubricate the lungs and intestines, helpful with dizziness, dry cough, and constipation. Good source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: valuable source of zinc and omega 3 fatty acids, supports healthy urinary function, acts as a natural diuretic, can be used for motion sickness, nausea, impotency and swollen prostate.
  • Arugula: rich in vitamins A, C, and K, supports mineral absorption

With all of these amazing health benefits, this is the perfect time to be eating this salad regularly! It’s your body’s first defense against cold and flu season!

Everyday Superfood Salad Recipe for Weight Loss

Superfood Salad

You’ll need:

  • 3 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 3 large beets peeled and cubed
  • 1 head of kale, ripped into tiny pieces
  • 2 large handfuls of baby arugula
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 a bag of frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used a mix of white, black, and red quinoa)
  • 2 Tbs pine nuts
  • 2 Tbs pumpkin seeds
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper

For the quinoa: In a pot over medium heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and a dash of sea salt and cook covered until all the moisture is absorbed, about 15mins. Remove from heat and keep covered.

For the roasted beets and sweet potatoes:  Place veggies in a ziplock bag and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Seal the bag and shake ingredients until veggies are fully coated. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet lined with foil and roast for 35 to 40 minutes. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to flip your veggies about halfway through. Cook until vegetables are cooked through and slightly browned.

Assembly: Layer all your ingredients in a large bowl and toss with fresh cracked pepper and a dash of your favorite vinaigrette dressing (mine is Garlic Expressions available at most grocery stores).

Be prepared to lose your mind at how tasty this salad is. It is really, really, really good and it’s LOADED with SO MUCH amazing nutrition! You may want to double the recipe so you have lots of leftovers like I did; I’ve been eating this for lunch and dinner for the last three days! I just can’t get enough!! For extra detox and immune boosting, serve it with a glass of my magical Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea!

You can see all of my delicious salad recipes here. If you’re interested in doing a fast, effective 7 day cleanse with salads and smoothies, go here!

Superfood Salad Recipe for Weight Loss
 
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Cuisine: vegetarian, healthy, vegan, weight loss, lunch, dinner
Ingredients
  • 3 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 3 large beets peeled and cubed
  • 1 head of kale, ripped into tiny pieces
  • 2 large handfuls of baby arugula
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ a bag of frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used a mix of white, black, and red quinoa)
  • 2 Tbs pine nuts
  • 2 Tbs pumpkin seeds
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. For the quinoa: In a pot over medium heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and a dash of sea salt and cook covered until all the moisture is absorbed, about 15mins. Remove from heat and keep covered.
  2. For the roasted beets and sweet potatoes: Place veggies in a ziplock bag and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Seal the bag and shake ingredients until veggies are fully coated. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet lined with foil and roast for 35 to 40 minutes. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to flip your veggies about halfway through. Cook until vegetables are cooked through and slightly browned.
  3. Assembly: Layer all your ingredients in a large bowl and toss with fresh cracked pepper and a dash of your favorite vinaigrette dressing (mine is Garlic Expressions available at most grocery stores).
  4. Be prepared to lose your mind at how tasty this salad is. It is really, really, really good and it’s LOADED with SO MUCH amazing nutrition! You may want to double the recipe so you have lots of leftovers like I did; I’ve been eating this for lunch and dinner for the last three days! I just can’t get enough!!

  Superfood Salad Recipe for Weight Loss

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!! Remember that all veggies are nutritious superfoods! Simply adding one veggie to each meal of your day can make a HUGE difference in your health! For more fast, easy superfood meals and snacks that the whole family will love, check out my new EBook! It’s available NOW for just $9.99!!

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11 Responses to “Superfood Salad Recipe for Weight Loss”

  1. Shelly October 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Beautiful salad! I’m going to have to try it. :)

    • Linda October 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Shelly, you’ll love it!! Make extras to last the week! xoxo

  2. jennifervney@yahoo.com October 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Yuuuuuuuuuum! This salad has so many of my favorite things! Can’t wait to add it to my lunch/dinner repertoire (and my stomach ;).

    • Linda October 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

      You will love it…I made tons of extras…can’t get enough!!

  3. Christina October 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    This salad looks very satisfying. I am going to pass this one on to my Mom who loves pine nuts!

    Thank you for sharing.

    I posted this on http://www.iYoodle.com. iYoodle.com is a free share site that allows you to get exposure to your blog and get back links :)

  4. Rebecca January 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    I am looking for healthy meals to eat while pregnant.
    I am not interested in weight loss recipes.
    Would this still be a meal that you suggest?

    Thank you!
    Rebecca

    • Linda January 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      Yes, absolutely!

  5. Amy March 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Any ideas on how many servings this would be and what the nutritional content is?

    • Linda March 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      You can use fitday.com to get the nutritional content :) This recipe should make 3-4 servings depending on your appetite!

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