We love salads! They can’t be boring. Do you feel the same way? Then mix superfoods like goji berries, chia seeds, avocados, and more between the green leaves.
The red, dried berries shine with their high B vitamins and secondary plant substances, which activate the metabolism and have essential cell protection functions. Beta-carotene, zinc, iron, copper, calcium, and selenium. This mix strengthens the immune system and gives us a lot of energy. Just a tiny handful of the mildly sweet berries is enough to spice up green salads. You can find them in health food stores and organic markets.
The power seeds from the health food store contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. They promote brain performance and have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. Their fiber contributes to healthy blood sugar levels and keeps digestion going. In addition, there is blood-forming iron, the anti-stress mineral magnesium, and bone-strengthening calcium. Very important: drink plenty of water! Tip: Add one tablespoon of chia seeds to the salad and eat with it.
It contains a lot of plant hormones that stimulate energy metabolism, have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, and flush toxins out of the body. They’re also a great source of anti-inflammatory lignans – and you can find them in every grocery store. The same applies here: drink a lot and only increase the amount slowly (in the beginning, 1/2 tablespoons and eventually 1-2 tablespoons are sufficient). Otherwise, the fiber-rich seeds can feel heavy in the stomach and cause bloating.
The bright red, edible seeds are not easy to spoon out of the shell, but it’s worth it! Pomegranates contain many anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that keep the heart and blood vessels fit. Studies even confirm a blood pressure-lowering effect (pomegranate juice also has this). In addition, pomegranate seeds are rich in digestive fiber, immune vitamin C, and potassium (essential for muscles and cells) and help in the fight against these diseases. Pomegranates are available in the supermarket – sometimes, the seeds are already packaged ready to eat.
Because of weeds! Dandelion is a power pack: the fresh dandelion leaves in the summer salad provide the complete superfood program – from blood-forming iron and heart-protecting carotenoids to vitamin K (essential for strong bones). You can pick the wild-growing leaves from spring to late summer; they are milder when young. Older dandelion tastes a bit bitter, but it is precisely these bitter substances that are good for digestion and, of course, fat burners. The leaves are also available in some health food stores or farmers’ markets.
Anyone who likes fruit in a salad should think of grapes (delicious in combination with goat cheese) from time to time. Because of their polyphenols, among other things, they reduce the risk of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. Red grapes have the highest antioxidant content. Also good: dressing salads with grape seed oil.
Long condemned as fattening, the avocado has now risen to the status of superfood – and rightly so! Finally, it contains an extra portion of healthy vegetable fats that are good for our hearts. In addition, there are a lot of vitamins and minerals in their pulp – including folic acid, magnesium, and antioxidants such as vitamin E. Avocados are also one of the seven fat-burning foods.
Our Salad Idea: peel two ripe avocados, remove the stone and cut the flesh into slices. Add some lemon juice and olive oil and mix the avocado pieces with colorful green leaves, tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers. Shrimp is also great with it.