Recipe From PopSugar
A salad is a very versatile dish to make – you can mix and match
different fresh fruits and vegetables,
add herbs and spices for flavor, and even top it with cheese or any lean
protein (like chicken, turkey, or beef) for added flavor. Drizzle it with
balsamic vinegar or olive oil,
and you’ve got a ready-to-eat meal that will load you up with nutrients and
fill you up.
This easy Cucumber Avocado Caprese salad recipe adapted from PopSugar
Fitness uses some of the most basic salad ingredients that you can find in
most local farmers markets (or if you’ve got a garden, you might even have some
of these fresh produce growing in your backyard). Try this recipe today – it’s
great served as a side dish, but can be eaten on its own, too.
2 organic cucumbers
1 pint organic cherry or grape tomatoes (about 30 pieces)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh
1 cup fresh mozzarella balls
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup black olives (optional)
Wash, dry, and dice the cucumbers. Wash, dry,
and halve the tomatoes. Dice the avocado.
Place the cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, and
olives in a bowl. Add sliced basil and mozzarella. Pour on the oil, vinegar,
garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
This Refreshing and Healthy
Salad Brings Delight With Every Bite
Texture, color, flavor, and nutrients – this recipe boasts of all these
qualities (and so much more) that it’ll definitely become one of your favorite
pick-me-up meals. With only 250 calories per serving, this salad is perfect for
people who want a filling yet delicious meal that will not mess up their weight
management and fitness goals.
Made mostly of water (95 percent), the humble cucumber is a great food
to munch on during hot summer days, as it will keep you rehydrated. It contains
a plethora of nutrients: vitamins C, K, B vitamins, manganese, copper, and
potassium, to name a few.
Cucumber also has unique polyphenol compounds that reduce your risk of
disease, and may help fight inflammation, protect your brain, and support your
digestive and heart health. It can even keep your breath fresh: placing a cucumber
slice on the roof of your mouth can kill odor-causing bacteria. Read more about
benefits of cucumbers.
Avocado is one of my top
superfoods, and for good reason. This low-fructose fruit is an excellent source
of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that your body easily burns for energy. An
avocado can also provide as much as 20 essential nutrients, including high
levels of potassium, vitamin E, fiber, B vitamins, and folic acid.
According to a 2005 study,[i]
adding avocado to salad helped the study participants to absorb three to five times more
carotenoids antioxidant molecules, helping protect your body against free
Aside from helping lower bad cholesterol levels, avocados may promote
optimal brain function, helping you to avoid degenerative diseases like
Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also shown its potential to fight cancer.
One tip: make sure you eat the fleshy green part closest to the skin,
as that is where the highest amount of carotenoids can be found. To do this,
peel the avocado with your hands, as you would a banana.
Another garden favorite, tomato
is known mainly for its lycopene content, an antioxidant that’s
been found to have potent anti-cancer activity. But did you know that this
berry can provide you with excellent amounts of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K,
manganese, and potassium? It also has good amounts of vitamin E, B6, folate,
magnesium, thiamin, phosphorus, and copper.
One reminder: make sure to buy your ingredients fresh, and from organic
producers. Organic fruits and vegetables tend to have lower levels of pesticide
residues, such as cadmium, a carcinogenic toxic metal. Organic produce also have
higher antioxidant levels, which are a boon to your health. You can buy organic
produce from local farmers markets, or better yet, start your own garden at
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