Always keep a “Power Greens” salad base and healthy “add-ins” in the refrigerator. New Power Greens mixes available in many markets include great greens such as baby kale, baby chard, and baby spinach. These blends make a terrific healthy base for you to customize and create your own special salads. If you cannot find a prepared power greens mix in your local market, experiment with what you can find—you may need to start with bagged spinach or kale and mix it with one bag of cabbage prepared for coleslaw.
When your power greens lose peak freshness for salads, lightly steam them for side dishes; sauté them with poultry, fish, or egg dishes; or make a vegetable soup or smoothie with them. Be creative with vegetables and you will love the results!
Dr. Murad recommends that you use your imagination and have fun adding in a selection of favorite healthy foods that you have on hand to the power base. See all our Recipes on the blog: Dr. Murad’s recipes.
DR. MURAD’S FAVORITE POWER SALAD “ADD-INS” INCLUDE:
Whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, tofu, tempeh, seafood, fish, poultry or lean meat, cucumbers, fennel, baby bok choy, broccoli, the entire cabbage family, celery, turnips, all colors of peppers, fresh herbs, carrots, the radish family, fresh sprouted veggies and grains, sugar snap peas, chayote squash, cauliflower, avocado, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, shredded beets, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, fresh chopped ginger, lentils, quinoa, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, slivered almonds, pine nuts, pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, citrus segments, sliced pear, sliced apples.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.