SEASONAL SPRING GREENS, AVOCADO AND SAMPHIRE
I whizzed this up for lunch after my 1st #cardio session of the week – a spin/cycle class involving endurance routines broken down into 4, 6, 8 and 12 minute sessions with changeable terrains. Bouts of pain, grimace and sweat! A post-workout lunch is in order to repair muscle, restore alkaline balance and to keep energy levels up.
Lunch included my 2nd dose of greens of the day (Alkalive supergreen drink) including spring greens, green beans, shallots, avocado and samphire. I had this with slices of (skinless) chicken breast that had been baked in a piece of sealed foil with nothing more than a dash of lemon-infused olive oil for about 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees.
The spring greens, beans and samphire were steamed for 3 minutes (max) – beans were still crunchy which is the way I enjoy them! Peeled and sliced the avocado. Sliced shallot and pan fried (with a little olive oil) to brown a little but nothing more. The spring greens, beans and onion were combined in a bowl with about ¼ of freshly squeezed lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of cumin powder. Served up on a plate and topped with avocado and samphire.
Greens are so essential for maintaining a good healthy body. Green cabbage contains a good dose of vitamin C which is needed for healthy skin, bones, teeth and the immune system. It also contains a fair amount of fibre, which helps fill you up and aids with any weight loss programme. Avocados are full of Vitamin E – great for healthy skin and hair. They are also loaded with antioxidants to help combat disease. Avocados are filled with mononunsaturated fats which can help reduce overall cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of suffering from heart disease. Samphire is a succulent plant of the salicornia species, and looks like a miniature cactus, though without the spines. It has a salty taste so no need for further salt in this dish. It is rich in vitamin C. This green dish is loaded with alkaline foods – alkaline foods create a healthy environment in the body and can fight off harmful diseases.