Nutrition Stripped is your stripped-down guide to an unprocessed lifestyle with no expiration date. Here I share my passion for all things nutrition, wellness, and whole foods recipes. i hope through this blog you will get one step closer by learning the simple ways to nourish your body and live well!
How’s that for some alliteration (which I love for whatever reason). Anyways, today I thought I’d share one of my current food phases in the salad world, Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad. I get into food phases, which by my definition is eating a certain meal or food daily until you’re bored with it and move on and revisit another time (ha). This salad has been in my food phase as of late and who can blame me? It’s a fantastic combination of flavors and textures and is super simple to make.
The peppery arugula, sweet spinach, creamy avocado, smooth and buttery artichoke hearts, crunchy red onion, refreshing cucumber, nutty and slightly salty from the hemp seeds, and bright citrus flavor from the Zesty Lemon Shallot Dressing- is a flavor explosion. I promise this will be a party in your mouth! As with all my recipes, keep it simple, if you don’t like an ingredient or simply don’t have it on hand IMPROVISE to your hearts (and taste buds) desire. This salad can be made as a large salad or you can share with others!
Turmeric is one of my absolute favorite spices I use in cooking because of it’s amazing health benefits and flavor. Who cares if you stain your clothing, hands, countertops, new kitchen linens (bummer), while using turmeric in the kitchen, it’s all in the good notion and name of health and vitality, right? Right! In the previous two posts (Turmeric Milk and Curry Cashew Cauliflower Soup), turmeric was one of the star ingredients so let’s explore this gem of a spice!
Oh gorgeous yellow-burnt orange colored delicate powder, how do I love thee? I love thee a lot. Turmeric is in my top 5 spices that I can’t live without. The health benefits are so powerful yet so often over looked and under used in the Western culture it amazes me. To no fault of our culture, turmeric simply isn’t predominant in our region or cuisine. Your views and opinions may quickly turn in favor of using this yellow spice more often than not after today (at least I hope so, *fingers crossed*).
Just looking at this smoothie, I don’t think there’s much convincing to do for you all to try this one out! Even if I told you it has some powerful greens in it. Triple Berry consists of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries (some of my absolute favorite berries!). This is one of my favorite tasting smoothies, it’s sweet from the bananas, tangy from the raspberries, and the texture is thick and smooth! And not to mention, this smoothie just like All Bluebs is very kid friendly or for anyone who is opposed to adding “greens” into their drinks- you can’t even taste it here!
I love (as with most of my smoothies) this smoothie post-workout to refuel with some great carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and nutrients galore in an easy digesting smoothie! In previous posts, I’ve talked about the health benefits in detail about bananas and chia seeds, which both make a small appearance in this Triple Berry smoothie. If you don’t add in spinach you’ll still consume a great deal of nutrients, but even just a cup of spinach in this smoothie will nourish your body with even more nutrients, especially minerals from spinach.
If you’ve never heard of Turmeric Milk, you’re in for a treat. Turmeric Milk is my absolute favorite night time drinks other than hot tea. This drink is not only completely comforting, relaxing, and soothing at night, but extremely nutritious. Turmeric contains loads of nutrients especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which make this a win-win in my book. Another benefit, it simply tastes delicious! Warm, slightly spicy, bold, and earthy flavors with a hint of sweetness makes this a new night cap beverage (sans the alcohol).
Most of us here in the Western culture (US) have some story of a mother, parent, grandmother, etc. who have told us to drink warm milk before bedtime because it’ll help us sleep. The theory behind that originated due to the tyrptophan content in milk (same with the turkey theory, which is false, it’s simply because we eat way too much and our energy rushes to our digestive tracts to digest that load of food, not because of some amino acid- end rant). Honestly, I can’t show any research that supports this theory (instead this one says different), but we’ll go ahead and chalk it up as it’s simply comforting. Anything warm in the evening hours provides soothing effects on our digestion and almost instantaneously relaxes us.
This smoothie is loaded with (can you guess?), VITAMIN C and enzymes! The key ingredients in this smoothie are pineapple, papaya, banana, and cucumber. The flavors of this smoothie are cool, refreshing, bright, and full of sweet citrus notes; it reminds me of sitting on the beach somewhere in the tropics relaxing…ahhh, let’s just take a moment and fantasize about that. Okay, moment over, smoothie time!
Pineapple is the star of this smoothie. Pineapple is very high in vitamin C and manganese, in which both play key role in energy production and antioxidant defenses. Papaya is high in vitamin C and vitamin A, both contain helpful digestive enzymes. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which is not only helpful for our digestion and breakdown of amino acids (a.k.a. proteins), but also has great anti inflammatory benefits. Bromelain found in pineapple is not only a great antioxidant and enzyme, but has been touted to help with inflammation, muscle relaxation//contraction//pain, cancer prevention, antibiotic absorption, enhances excretion of fat, shortens labor, and inhibits blood platelet aggregation (a.k.a. blood clotting). But wait, papaya also has a digestive enzyme called papain, that acts very similarly to bromelain found in pineapple.