Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Beet Crisp Protein Salad

The Beet Crisp Protein Salad is a delicious way to increase your protein and nutrient intake.  By making your own dressing you also avoid a lot of unnecessary added sugar.  

Spinach is a very nutrient-dense food.  It is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals.  Spinach is full of flavonoids which act as antioxidants, protecting the body from free radicals.

Beets impact the liver by acting as a purifier for the blood.  They can also lower your blood pressure because of their vasodilating effects.  Beets contain betaine, a substance used in certain treatments of depression.  The trytophan in beets relaxes the mind and improves mindfulness.

The magnesium in sunflower seeds can also promote a healthy mood. Sunflower seeds also contain selenium, as essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in hormone metabolism.

Enlightened Crisps are a great vegetarian source of protein.  They are also high in fiber.  These broad beans are a member of the legume family.  Broad beans are also rich in folate and B vitamins.  

Beet Crisp Protein Salad

2 c spinach
1 3.5 oz package of Enlightened Sea Salt Crisps
1/2 c beets
2 T sunflower seeds
2 T feta cheese

1/4 c olive oil 
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 t dijon mustard
2 t honey
1 t garlic powder 

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