Is it just me, or do we all kind of go a little crazy with food during the holidays? This year I tried to be better than in years past. I think the reason I was able to get away with it was because we didn’t really go anywhere around the holidays, not that that is a bad thing!
I was able to cut back on the amount of sugar I ate between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I think that helped me to stay healthy for the first time in 8 years!
However, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day we ate poorly…very poorly. I am ready to start detoxing and getting back to the whole foods diet that is my favorite; lots of vegetables and fruit with delicious beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and a little bit of meat once in a while.
One of my favorite ways to make my body feel better is to incorporate a lot of salads into my family’s diet.
I know what you are thinking, it is January, how can I be making salads in January?
It is difficult. I have talked a bit before about my conflicting food philosophies. I strive to eat as much local food as possible, but there is something about eating a salad every day that makes my body feel better. I have become a big proponent on eating what your body craves. For some reason, salads are it. It helps that my kids will eat salads every day if they are available.
Over the past year I have started making meal sized salads.
These meal size salads are made with a lot of greens, and are most often eaten from a large mixing bowl.
Even though I am eating a salad, I still try to incorporate local food as well. And what is local in the middle of the winter in New England? Root vegetables. A lot of carrots and beets and onions will be included.
What else goes into making a meal size salad? Some things that we include are beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and a nutrient dense dressing – not all at once, but usually a couple of those options with the inclusion of the dressing.
My favorite dressing in the winter is this recipe. It is heavy on the parsley, which has many health benefits.
Parsley can help reduces the risk of cancer, and is a great source of vitamin C and folic acid. It helps with inflammation and boosts your immune system. Overall a wonderful herb to include in a nutrient dense dressing – not to mention it tastes delicious!
While most people think of salads as a side to a main dish, we often include the salad as the main dish.
Are you still recovering from all the rich food of the holidays? Do you try to detox in the New Year to get your health on track? Have you tried meal size salads?