I love a good salad and this one is a hit for so many reasons. Dark leafy greens are a must in a nutritious lifestyle. This salad is the first of the 12 days of nutrition I will be sharing over the course of the next 12 days. The nutrition focus of this salad is inflammation, or rather ant-inflammatory.
The foods you eat provide you with nutrients. That nutrients is either good for you, okay for you, or bad for you. There is no other way to say it. The more good for you foods and nutrients you eat the healthier your body will be.
This salad, filled with dark leafy greens, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese, olive oil, and pear slices is amazing for reducing inflammation. Inflammation is either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation can be something like spraining an ankle and it swells. Waking up with swollen eyes or fingers. Those are due to something recent and usually shows in an external matter. This kind of inflammation lasts for a short amount of time and is resolved.
Chronic inflammation the problem. Most on-set lifestyle diseases have a pre-condition of inflammation. This kind of inflammation is internal. You can’t see it. You can feel it though. For example, achy joints, always tired, irregular bowel movements, feeling sluggish, low energy, always hungry, major mood swings, and many more symptoms. Chronic inflammation is something you can control of because you control your diet.
By making changes from processed foods, highly refined oils and margarine, chemically processed packaged items, fried foods, preservatives, artificial flavors, high sugar items, and more all contribute to chronic inflammation. When you eliminate those foods and replace them with anti-inflammatory foods like this salad you begin to reduce internal inflammation.
Foods like dark leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, kale, collard greens are wonderful daily sources of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Due to their rich source of vitamins, minerals and phyotchemicals dark leafy greens are excellent source of anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Pomegranate seeds, now in season through the winter aid in digestive inflammation. The nutrients found in pomegranate seeds help with those that suffer from IBS, leaky gut, and gastritis.
By making simple daily swaps to more nutrient dense ant-inflammatory foods you aid in reducing chronic inflammation within your body.
Dark Leafy Green Pomegranate Pear Salad
- 2 Bartlett Pears sliced
- 8 oz Mixed Dark Leafy Greens spinach, arugula, kale
- 2 oz Blue Cheese Crumbled or Stilton Blue
- 1/3 cup Pomegranate Seeds
- 1/3 cup Toasted and Chopped Hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 TBLS Champagne Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 TBLS Honey
- 1 TBLS Lemon Juice
- 1 TBLS Minced Shallot or 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a bowl mix add the mixed greens.
- Add the pomegranate seeds, pear slices, and crumbled blue cheese.
- In a small bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined. Dress the salad and gently toss it together. Serve