Friday, January 15, 2010

Winter Salad

Boy, it sure can be hard to find good fresh produce during the winter months! I tried some watermelon the other day, and yechk!!! I knew it was a gamble, being out of season, but goodness!

And not only that - prices are higher!

So, I wanted to find a cheaper alternative. And, voila! Winter salad!

1 c spinach
1 c romaine
1 gala apple, diced (organic, with the skin!)
1 Tbs agave nectar, or to taste (or you can use honey, or pure maple syrup)
sprinkle with organic raisins
cinnamon, to taste
1/4 lemon juiced (you can probably omit this if you're eating your salad right away - I put it on because it helps prevent the apple from being oxidized and thus turning brown as it sits at work waiting for lunch time!)

Ahhh, winter produce, with my favorite winter spice: cinnamon!

And the oh-so-humble apple. Such a common fruit, so overlooked. While it may not have a grandiose list of exotic sounding benefits like my friend the kale leaf, apple has its place in the health food hall of fame -- as long as you're getting that skin! Which is why it's important to get organically grown apples, and still wash it off.

An apple has its fair share of antioxidants, insoluble and soluble fiber, and flavonoids - all focused on heart health!
So enjoy that apple a day! (Or other health fruits!)
Have an awesome weekend!!

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