Because these last few have been the coldest weeks so far this year in Richmond, I thought perhaps a fresh, light recipe would be a perfect suggestion.
My mom created this delicious and simple summer recipe when we came to visit this year. Other than the chopping (which is a perfect mindfulness opportunity), it is quick and easy! The crunch make this a perfect, healthy side dish. For even more crunch, sometimes I add red/purple cabbage for a boost of color, fiber, potassium, and vitamins. Check the conclusion of the post for a short outline of health benefits.
1 large granny smith apple, washed
3-4 carrots, scrubbed (peeled or not peeled)
2-3 celery stalks, washed
(Optional: 1/8-1/4 head of purple cabbage, washed)
Feta cheese, crumbled
2-3 T Lemon juice
1 T Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Chop apple, carrots, celery, (cabbage). In a medium bowl, combine and top with lemon juice and olive oil. Add crumbled feta, salt, and pepper and mix. Serve cold.
In terms of health benefits:
If you're interested in the nutritional contributions of carrots, celery, and cabbage, check here.
Granny smith apples provide antioxidants called flavonoids and vitamin C, which reduce risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Granny smiths also contain fiber and potassium.
Labels: Mindful Eating