Packing yourself full of gorgeous green vegetables in the winter months is essential. Choose the vegetables you like but also try reintroducing some old ones you’re not so sure about. You never know your taste buds may have changed. Even if you only have kale for dinner, stick with it for a healthy body in the coming months.
Having been unwell recently with a cough, I wanted to take immediate action, and make food that I know would help me. A couple of lovely friends came to visit from London, both very clever girls, one who created an app and another who is an editor of a cool fashion magazine. I wanted to make them both something delicious and healthy I knew they would both appreciate.
The nice thing about this salad is that it’s filling, it’s healthy and with the dressing it will keep you wanting more and more. I love noodles they are something I have always enjoyed. Upon finding these fabulous green tea powder noodles, I can now enjoy them packed with wonderful goodness.
This salad does contain a lot of green and it has a hit of apricot which is the star of the show, the reason being is that it adds a lovely sweet flavour making it moreish.
Apricots provide the highest level of vitamins it has vitamin A 13% of the daily amount. They have several beneficial carotenes, which release powerful antioxidants essential for maintaining your optimal vision, healthy skin and mucus membranes as well as helping protect against lung and mouth cancers. Apricots are a good source of vitamin C, known to ward off vision problems, promote healthy skin and allegedly protect against lung and mouth cancers, and provide even more free radical-scavenging activity in your body. Flavonoids such as lutein and beta cryptoxanthins have such a high degree of benefits that they can actually help slow and even prevent age-related issues and disease. Zeaxanthin, a carotenoid which absorbs into the retina, provides protective UV-filtering functions that may ultimately protect you against macular degeneration. Apricots are enriched with a number of other health-promoting phytochemicals. The potassium provides compounds in cell and body fluids that help regulate your heart rate and blood pressure. They also contain iron. If you can add them to your diet and your children’s diet, they are so so good for you.
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 pack of samphire add to the kale and blanche
- 2 large handfuls of kale blanche in boiling water for 8 minutes and the afterwards place in chilled filter water and then squeeze out
- excess water
- 1 pack of tender stem broccoli blanched as above
- 7 apricots sliced thinly
- 1 packet of organic green tea matcha noodles cooked as per instructions
- Handful of pistachios shelled
- 1 tsp of sesame seeds
Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir gently.
- 1tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 1tsp Tamari
- 1tsp honey
- 1tbsp raw olive oil
- Good pinch of sea salt
- Whisk all together add more of whatever tickles your tastebud.
- Add the seeds and nuts last and for decoration!
- Slowly pour onto the salad, mix and keep going but don’t drown it, make sure you let it sit out for 30 minutes before serving to a Happy Christmas.