Need more protein in your life and one that is not animal based?
Meet quinoa, your new beauty BFF. Quinoa is a complete protein that has all nine essential aminoacids, which build strong, youthful skin, hair, and nails and repair daily damage. Quinoa is actually a seed, one that’s gluten-free and nutrition-packed like its relative, spinach. In addition to its powerful protein content, quinoa is full of trace beauty minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium,
manganese, and phosphorus. Its complex carbohydrates and low glycemic index steady your blood sugar and keep you full, yet free of bloating.
2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
pink salt to taste
2 cups broccoli florets, finely chopped
4 cups rocket, rinsed and dried
½ red onion, finely sliced
1 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
1 large beetroot, grated
2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ cup goji berries
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 green onions, chopped to the top
4 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon umeboshi plum vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon of orange zest
1 teaspoon of barley grass powder (optional) pink salt freshly ground black pepper mint sprigs, to serve
1. Place the rinsed quinoa in a saucepan with 4 cups of water and a pinch of pink salt, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, covered, until cooked. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, add the broccoli and onion and mix it through (the heat from the quinoa will slightly soften the veggies) cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the pistachios, beetroot, cherry tomatoes and goji berries, mix well.
2. Cut the pomegranate in half and with the side of a heavy knife tap the seeds out into the mix and stir through your colourful creation, squeezing any pomegranate juice over the top.
3. To make the dressing; place all the ingredientes in a small bowl, whisk and let stand for a couple of minutes to develop flavor. When ready to serve, whisk the dressing again and pour over the salad. Decorate with a few mint leaves and serve.
Superfood Spotlight: Barley Grass
Barley Grass Powder comes from the tender young grass grown from barley seed, harvested when it’s at the peak of its chlorophyll, protein and vitamin concentration, before the grass produces any grain. It is one of the most nutrient rich foods in nature and has been used since ancient times for medicinal and healing purposes. Rich in vitamins A, C, B and minerals iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It is also very high in absorbable protein and contains 20 amino acids, including 8 of the essential amino acids that body can’t produce itself. Barley Grass Powder contains the enzymes fatty acid oxidase, cytochrome oxidase, peroxidase, catalase and transhydrogenase which help the decomposition of fats in the body proceed smoothly, helping to balance body weight. It is also especially high in chlorophyll, which helps to inhibit the growth of disease bacteria, along with balancing the PH of the body to promote excellent health and immunity. Barley Grass has been shown to strengthen the immune system, alkalinize the body, increase energy, aid digestion, relieve constipation, and improve health of skin, hair and nails.
March 10, 2017
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