As a nutritionist I encounter individuals on a daily basis who are reluctant to change their way of eating for fear of not enjoying a healthy diet. Remember when your mother made you eat your vegetables? You probably thought you would never recover; however as we age we tend to like many types of foods that we didn’t before.
This blog was created to help those who are on their journey to wellness. We will provide information about different types of easy to make, healthy foods as well as reviews of our favorite recipes.
Crisp Red Cabbage and Apples with Ginger Dressing
If you are looking for a recipe to wake up your taste buds, look no further. Red cabbage and apple salad is packed full of vitamins and minerals. To get started you will need:
Two cups red cabbage
Two cups Napa cabbage
Two cups Granny-Smith apples, thinly sliced
Three tablespoons apple cider vinegar
One and one-half teaspoon grated ginger
One-half teaspoon garlic, minced
One teaspoon honey
A pinch of kosher salt and a pinch of black pepper
Three tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Two teaspoons lemon juice
One-half cup golden raisins (optional)
One teaspoon of Dijon mustard
Sunflower seeds one tablespoon
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, vinegar, honey, ginger and olive oil. Add salt, pepper and garlic to taste. This can be adjusted to personal preference. Additionally, you can toss in red pepper flakes if you want to kick things up a notch.
2. Mix the two types of cabbage in a separate bowl and set aside. Take your apple slices and toss them with lemon juice to prevent browning.
3. Combine the apples and raisins with the cabbage mixture. Top with vinegar dressing being sure to coat evenly.
Serve immediately on your prettiest of plates. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.
The flavors of this salad contrast so deliciously you will forget it is low fat. The heart-healthy properties in the olive oil combined with fiber of the cabbage and apples make this salad much more than a simple plate of salad greens. The sweetness of the raisins and the spiciness of the Dijon mustard come together to give a burst of flavor with each bite. This raw salad is not only low fat, but low in sodium as well.
Following a raw diet doesn’t have to mean you have to eat rabbit food. When you use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.