Eat the light

salad

March 10: Detox Salad

Amending my fattening bacon, crouton and creamy dressing ways, I did a quick internet search for healthy salad ingredients that might be considered “detox” and made a list. Here are a few links…

Huffington Post: Top Ten Detoxifying Foods

Whole Living: Action Plan Detox: Foods to eat, foods to avoid

Fitsugar: 10 foods to help you detox

Leafy greens boost chlorophyll levels in the digestive tract, which helps the body get rid of environmental toxins like smog and herbicides.

I ate seaweed at lunch and I composed a dinner salad of greens, watercress, and a mix of alfalfa, broccoli, clover and fennel sprouts. I loved the peppery “bite” of the sprouts and cress!

John grilled kebabs of mahi mahi with a mango sauce, yum.

vinaigrette

Garlic and lemon were on my detox list too, so I made a lemon-mustard-garlic vinaigrette.

I used this recipe but substituted some mustard for the sherry vinegar and used olive instead of canola or walnut oil. I added some fresh herbs too, and a dash of (detoxifying) turmeric.

lettuce and dressing

After washing and spinning the cress and the chopped curly red and green lettuce in the salad spinner, I left it to air dry completely on a dish towel.

The vinaigrette had a nice green gold color to it. Not sure I got the proportions exactly right, but it wasn’t bad.

detox tea

Tea cup photographed in natural light, in the kitchen.

While preparing dinner, I had a cup of Yogi detox tea. Yogi teas have a little fortune cookie-type bit of advice on every teabag. Mine was nicely appropriate for the first day of Daylight Savings Time.

We sat down to an early dinner and it was still light outside.

Lethargics are to be laid in the light, and exposed to the rays of the sun for the disease is gloom.  – Aretaeus