By Kristin Ryals
When you talk of salads with their spread of ingredients and varying methods of preparation, you should also give thought to the fact that what might make a difference between two types of salad might be a vegetarian need. If you have a gluten challenge, you might consider the vegetable salad option as a worthy alternative to the regular salad menu.
People with health concerns are a stickler for a vegetable salad while those who harbor none are receptive to either of the alternatives. Vegetable salads provide a healthy meal option to many people across the globe and here are a few reasons why it has such attraction:
Excellent for Bones - Vegetable salad can be excellent for the bone building if it contains watercress, spinach, and radicchio. Each of these items contains Vitamin K which is proven as needed for healthy bones. A 250 ML cup of watercress will provide you with 100 percent of your needed RDA of vitamin K while that of radicchio will give you 120 percent score and spinach will add up 170 percent to your body.
Boost for Muscles - Spinach provides an abundant supply of nitrates to your muscles leading to less use of oxygen. In a study conducted in Sweden, it was found that after a bike riding session, there was a boost in the muscle cell-powering agent called mitochondria. This was after each participant was given a dose of nitrate.
Great for Eyesight - Romaine, red leaf lettuce and spinach are rich in carotenoids and if used in your salad, you can be sure there is an additional supply of Lutein, Vitamin A, and zeaxanthin, which all serves to improve your eyesight.
Protective of Your Heart - Folate and fiber are excellent ingredients that boost the performance of your heart. Shredded romaine in 2 cups that add up to 500ML will supply 40 percent of your RDA for folate and fiber. A steady supply of these nutrients has been proven to cut the risk of cardiovascular and heart diseases.
Reduced Diabetes Risk - Type2 diabetes has been traced to magnesium deficiency in diets, which also aid insulin resistance tendencies. 500Ml of spinach consumption will provide 16 percent of your daily required magnesium intake while arugulas will supply 6 percent to your body.
How to Prepare Vegetable Salad
There are several vegetable salad options you can enjoy depending on the ingredients used.
The aforementioned recipe creates two servings.
The preparation time for this recipe is only 10 minutes!
Thankfully, the cooking time for this recipe is only five minutes, which allows you to create and eat quickly!
Total required time
The total required time adds up to a short 15 minutes.
You now can enjoy your vegetable salad after following the sequence above. Bon Appétit!
About the author ...
Kristin is a housewife with a big love for cooking. When she's not binging on the Food Network and attempting to become America's Next Top Chef, she's browsing online for unique recipes to awe her friends with. Kristin is the founder and main editor for Taste Insight, her blog about nutrition and vegetarian food!
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