Spring and Detox are a great combo in my books. Typically we think of spring cleaning when the sun starts to shine and the darkness of winter fades. If we think of cleaning our houses when spring time arrives, then why not also cleaning the body that carries us through each day.
Maybe I'm a bit biased right now since I'm midway through teaching a detox class, but I think providing our bodies with the tools it needs to function as it was created to is oh so important.
We were given all we need for life and health when God created our beautiful earth. Unfortunately the nature of man has muddied this up quite a bit.
Enter this simple salad.
A salad filled with ingredients that help your body combat the toxins life throws at it on a 24-7 basis. If you know me you know I'm a big fan of vegetables and truly think there is no such thing as a "bad" veggie. There might be poorly prepared veggies but other than that,
Without vegetables our bodies can't do their jobs.
We can't move toxins out of our systems.
We can't produce the energy needed for life.
We can't combat sickness and disease.
Maybe I should just sum it up...without vegetables, We Can't.
Sure, there are plenty of people going through life eating very few, and in too many cases NO veggies, but ask them how they feel. If that person is you, look in the mirror and ask yourself that question.
Are you tired all the time, do you have brain fog, joint pain, headaches, allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cancer...?
The list could go on and on but you get the point.
There is an underlying theme to chronic disease and it's that our bodies have been and are being assaulted with myriad things they don't have the tools to retaliate against, and in many cases weren't designed to retaliate against.
Okay. Off of my soapbox.
Make this salad and enjoy it. It tastes great and is a great starting place for providing your body with the tools it needs to thrive. Side note...if you eat the Standard American Diet (a.k.a. SAD) this salad won't be the magic tonic. It's a great starting place and will do it's job, but one Spring Green Detox Salad can only do so much.
For those of you who, like me, love to know what science has to say, here's a little summary of what these salad ingredients can do.
Collard or Kale leaves - protective against some forms of cancer and acts as an antioxidant
Broccoli - lowers cholesterol, protective against cancer, antioxidant that positively impacts both phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways
Kohlrabi - anti-carcinogenic properties, antioxidant that diminishes the effects of PAHs and nitrosamines
Cabbage - likely useful to protect against breast cancer by decreasing the amount of harmful estrogen's and increasing the amounts of beneficial estrogen's, antioxidant benefits and works with cytochrome P450 to metabolize toxins
Carrots - antioxidant benefit related to its beta-carotene levels, protects against lipid peroxidation, might increase GI transit time (more regular BMs) and lower blood sugar levels and insulin needs
Parsley - rich in the vitamins and minerals needed for detoxification processes and eye health, has analgesic, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effects, lowers blood pressure, decreases blood coagulation and platelet formation, freshens breath, protects the liver, works as an iron-chelator and helps improve sleep. Boy oh boy parsley is some great stuff!
Asparagus - antioxidant and anti-tumor properties
Apples - may help with ulcers, hair loss, cancer, diabetes, diarrhea, cancer, mercury poisening and weight loss
Sunflower seeds - may help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
Cilantro - antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-platelet aggregation, chelates mercury, iron, lead and aluminum from the body
Lemon - antioxidant, reduces free radical generation and oxidative stress, helps to inhibit calcium based kidney stones and has anti-cancer properties
Those are some pretty darn convincing reasons to eat and enjoy this salad. Your body and your taste buds will thank you.
Spring Green Detox Salad
6 cups collard or kale leaves, thinly sliced
2 cups broccolini or broccoli
1 medium kohlrabi, grated
2-3 cups cabbage, shredded
1 large carrot, grated
1/2 cup parsley, minced
6 asparagus stalks, chopped
1-2 apples, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
Honey Cilantro Vinaigrette
Place salad ingredients into a large bowl and toss to combine.
Add vinaigrette ingredients to a mason jar and shake until well mixed.
Pour vinaigrette over salad and massage the dressing into the salad for 2-3 minutes. Massaging the collard or kale softens the greens and makes them easier to eat.
*Thanks to Wild Hare Organic Farm for the amazing vegetables. We couldn't create these amazing recipes without the lovely vegetables we get in our weekly CSA share. Two Kitchen Collision received no compensation for this post and the recipe idea was entirely our own.