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Simply Healthy Salads

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Here's a prescription for better health. These salads are creative and filled with nutritious ingredients.

 

Fight-Diabetes Salad

 

What's In It

cold quinoa, diced red bell peppers, carrots and cinnamon vinaigrette

 

  • CARROTS
    The pigment in carrots that makes them orange also helps prevent surges in blood sugar, according to research.
  • RED PEPPER
    Research shows that people who have the most vitamin C in their system have a lower risk for developing diabetes. You'll pick up over half your entire day's RDA of C (75 mg for women) with just ¼ cup red bell pepper — and it's sweeter than green pepper.
  • QUINOA
    Yes, you can eat grains when you have diabetes. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is ranked low on the Glycemic Index, which means it won't spike blood sugar like white bread or pasta. It cooks in about 15 minutes, is full of fiber and boasts the highest protein content of any grain.

 

Dressing

Vinegar and cinnamon have both been found to help stabilize blood sugar. Combine them in
this dressing by whisking together ¹⁄₃ cup olive oil, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tsp cinnamon,
½ tsp ground cumin and salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

Better-Digestion Salad

 

WHAT'S IN IT

spinach, mango, flaxseed and yogurt dressing

 

  • FLAXSEED
    Sprinkle flaxseed (crushed or ground so you'll absorb the nutrients) on your salad to add texture and fiber. This super seed is also known as a prebiotic, a type of carb that helps probiotics (from the yogurt in the dressing) work better in your body.
  • SPINACH
    Fiber keeps your digestive system running smoothly—and makes you feel lighter and less bloated. You get about a gram of fiber in each cup of raw spinach (but just seven tiny calories).
  • MANGO
    Beat the bloat with mango, which contains insoluble fiber that naturally keeps you regular.

 

DRESSING

¹⁄₃ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp honey (also a prebiotic) and 1 tsp olive oil. Thin with about 2 tsp water.

 

 

Five More Healthy Mix-Ins

 

These salad-bar staples are also nutritional superstars.

  1. Beets
    The pigments that create that deep-red hue (called betalains) are powerful antioxidants that safeguard cells and help prevent disease.
  2. Beans
    No matter what kind you choose, they'll add disease-fighting compounds, plus fiber and protein that turn a salad into a satisfying meal.
  3. Sunflower Seeds
    They're high in heart-healthy vitamin E and unsaturated fats, plus they've got plenty of fiber to keep you feeling full.
  4. Hardboiled Eggs
    With just 78 calories each, eggs deliver fill-you-up protein, plus choline (a vitamin that keeps your heart healthy) and lutein (an antioxidant that protects your eyes).
  5. Red Cabbage
    It's from the veggie family of broccoli and cauliflower, and it has the same cancer-fighting capabilities.

 

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