Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad

Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad // nutritionstripped.com Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad. How’s that title for some alliteration. Today I’m here to share one of my current food phases in the salad world, Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad. I get into food phases, which by my definition is eating a certain meal or food daily because you enjoy it so much and can’t get enough of it! This salad has been in my food phase as of late and who can blame me? It’s a delicious combination of sweet, zesty, and earthy flavors; and it’s incredibly simple to make.

This salad is a flavor explosion in a bowl! Filled with peppery arugula, sweet spinach, creamy avocado, earthy artichoke hearts, zesty red onion, refreshing cucumber, and nutty hemp seeds. The Zesty Lemon Shallot Dressing is a great dressing to compliment the flavors and brighten it up a bit with the citrus. I promise this unique salad will be great to incorporate into your salad recipe box.

Artichoke love // fiber, fiber, and more fiber! Artichokes have about 7g of fiber per artichoke. They’re also full of vitamin C, K, folate, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and copper.

Arugula has a hefty amount of vitamin A, C, K, folate, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. It has a peppery taste and very delicate leafs. A tip when working with arugula is to rinse, rinse, rinse! Arugula when bought in a bundle organically, has a lot of sand in between the leaves. I typically fill a large bowl of cold water and dunk the arugula leaves in and out, shaking off the excess sand, and repeat until the water is clear and free of sand. The last thing you want is gritty salad…

Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad // nutritionstripped.com   Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad // nutritionstripped.com

Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad // nutritionstripped.com

Make it a meal // Top with quality proteins such as tofu, tempeh, beans, chicken, eggs, fish, nuts, more seeds, etc.

As with all my recipes, keep it simple, if you don’t like an ingredient or simply don’t have it on hand improvise to your hearts (and taste buds) desire. This salad can be made as a large salad or you can share with others.

Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad
 
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A delicious, peppery, and slightly sweet salad filled with artichokes, avocados, and arugula.
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of organic spinach
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • ½ cup fresh sliced organic cucumber
  • ¼- 1/2 cup of roasted artichoke hearts (fresh then roasted or frozen and thawed)
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoon of shelled hemp seeds
  • fresh black pepper and sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Prep all the vegetables by slices, dicing, or chopping.
  2. Slice the avocado in half and simply scoop out the avocado.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a large salad bowl.
  4. Dress with the Zesty Lemon Shallot Dressing (optional)
  5. ENJOY!

Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad // nutritionstripped.com Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad // nutritionstripped.com Avocado Artichoke Arugula & Spinach Salad // nutritionstripped.com

Do you get in “food phases”? What has been your latest favorite meal/food you can’t seem to get enough of? Share below, I’d love to hear about you and your quirky eats!

Happy salad making,

xo McKel

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Spotlight On | Turmeric

Spotlight On | Turmeric | nutritionstripped.com Turmeric is one of my absolute favorite spices I use in cooking because of it’s amazing health benefits and flavor. Who cares if you stain your clothing, hands, countertops, new kitchen linens (bummer), while using turmeric in the kitchen, it’s all in the good notion and name of health and vitality, right? Right! In the previous two posts (Turmeric Milk and Curry Cashew Cauliflower Soup), turmeric was one of the star ingredients so let’s explore this gem of a spice!

Oh gorgeous yellow-burnt orange colored delicate powder, how do I love thee? I love thee a lot. Turmeric is in my top 5 spices that I can’t live without. The health benefits are so powerful yet so often over looked and under used in the Western culture it amazes me. To no fault of our culture, turmeric simply isn’t predominant in our region or cuisine. Your views and opinions may quickly turn in favor of using this yellow spice more often than not after today (at least I hope so, *fingers crossed*).

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Triple Berry Smoothie

Triple Berry Smoothie | nutriitonstripped.com Just looking at this smoothie, I don’t think there’s much convincing to do for you all to try this one out! Even if I told you it has some powerful greens in it. Triple Berry consists of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries (some of my absolute favorite berries!). This is one of my favorite tasting smoothies, it’s sweet from the bananas, tangy from the raspberries, and the texture is thick and smooth! And not to mention, this smoothie just like All Bluebs is very kid friendly or for anyone who is opposed to adding “greens” into their drinks- you can’t even taste it here!

I love (as with most of my smoothies) this smoothie post-workout to refuel with some great carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and nutrients galore in an easy digesting smoothie! In previous posts, I’ve talked about the health benefits in detail about bananas and chia seeds, which both make a small appearance in this Triple Berry smoothie. If you don’t add in spinach you’ll still consume a great deal of nutrients, but even just a cup of spinach in this smoothie will nourish your body with even more nutrients, especially minerals from spinach.

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Turmeric Milk

Turmeric Milk | nutritionstripped.com If you’ve never heard of Turmeric Milk, you’re in for a treat. Turmeric Milk is my absolute favorite night time drinks other than hot tea. This drink is not only completely comforting, relaxing, and soothing at night, but extremely nutritious. Turmeric contains loads of nutrients especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which make this a win-win in my book. Another benefit, it simply tastes delicious! Warm, slightly spicy, bold, and earthy flavors with a hint of sweetness makes this a new night cap beverage (sans the alcohol).

Most of us here in the Western culture (US) have some story of a mother, parent, grandmother, etc. who have told us to drink warm milk before bedtime because it’ll help us sleep. The theory behind that originated due to the tyrptophan content in milk (same with the turkey theory, which is false, it’s simply because we eat way too much and our energy rushes to our digestive tracts to digest that load of food, not because of some amino acid- end rant). Honestly, I can’t show any research that supports this theory (instead this one says different), but we’ll go ahead and chalk it up as it’s simply comforting. Anything warm in the evening hours provides soothing effects on our digestion and almost instantaneously relaxes us. … 

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Vitamin C Surge Smoothie

Vitamin C Surge Smoothie | nutritionstripped.com This smoothie is loaded with (can you guess?), VITAMIN C and enzymes! The key ingredients in this smoothie are pineapple, papaya, banana, and cucumber. The flavors of this smoothie are cool, refreshing, bright, and full of sweet citrus notes; it reminds me of sitting on the beach somewhere in the tropics relaxing…ahhh, let’s just take a moment and fantasize about that. Okay, moment over, smoothie time!

Pineapple is the star of this smoothie. Pineapple is very high in vitamin C and manganese, in which both play key role in energy production and antioxidant defenses. Papaya is high in vitamin C and vitamin A, both contain helpful digestive enzymes. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which is not only helpful for our digestion and breakdown of amino acids (a.k.a. proteins), but also has great anti inflammatory benefits. Bromelain found in pineapple is not only a great antioxidant and enzyme, but has been touted to help with inflammation, muscle relaxation//contraction//pain, cancer prevention, antibiotic absorption, enhances excretion of fat, shortens labor, and inhibits blood platelet aggregation (a.k.a. blood clotting).  But wait, papaya also has a digestive enzyme called papain, that acts very similarly to bromelain found in pineapple.

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