Having lunch in the middle of your busy day is a valuable break, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming to be satisfying. A nutrient-dense easy salad is what functional medicine physician Mark Hyman, MD, turns to for lunch in a hurry.
Dr. Hyman describes it as a fat salad on Instagram. This meal contains powerful compounds that help you stay healthy, as well as fats that keep you full and speed up your metabolism. The best part? You don’t need to cook in a fancy kitchen. You just need a knife and a couple of spoons.”
Arugula, olives, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, avocados, artichokes, and canned salmon are all included in this salad. In addition to having the highest calcium content of all salad greens, it is also packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and K, as well as manganese. Healthy omega-3s and omega-6s are found in foods such as avocado, olives, and salmon. Vit C in tomatoes boosts your immune system and prevents issues like cataracts. It also helps iron absorption. You can boost your immunity by consuming artichokes, which contain tons of polyphenols that protect you from harmful agents such as ultraviolet rays and radiation. The magnesium in pumpkin seeds is beneficial to energy creation, muscle relaxation, and nervous system regulation.
Salad dressings are made by Dr. Hyman himself. He says store-bought salad dressings contain various gums, fillers, sugars, and soybean oil. Adding a little balsamic vinegar, olive oil, tahini, and salt and pepper to it can change the flavor.
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Keeping all the staple ingredients in your kitchen that are good for a long time at all times is key, such as olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, pumpkin seeds, mustard, and canned artichokes. It’s also important to get fresh ingredients like tomatoes or avocados. If you want extra protein, you can add canned wild salmon, which is also fast and easy. I like to use arugula as it doesn’t have to be chopped.
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