This week was incredibly busy. Many things to do and some unplanned things came up that needed to be taken care of. Plus, the weather was terrible: cloudy, rainy and there were crazy changes in temperatures. To oppose this week and its weather, I decided to prepare this summerish salad. It was delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it and he is not a fan of pineapple. He says that pineapple makes little cuts on his tongue. I might be losing him to the crazies, but has that ever happened to you?
Anyways, pineapple is a great fruit and here’s why*:
-1 cup of chopped pineapple provides almost 100% of the daily requirement of manganese, an essential mineral that helps maintain a healthy skin, bones, and cartilage formation.
-It has a relatively low impact on blood’s sugar.
-Contains bromelain, which helps in digestion and reduces inflammation.
-It can also act as a blood thinner.
Also, salads don’t have to be boring. I always try adding some fruits, nuts and/or cheese. The dressing also plays an important role; otherwise eating a bunch of lettuce doesn’t seem too appealing.
I didn’t take any pictures of the procedure or ingredients because it is really simple:
-Mixture of lettuce
-Some pineapples slides
-Mango (cut in cubes)
-Cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
First broil the pineapple a little. Then just add all ingredients together in the quantities you prefer. None of the ingredients require a limit (unless you add like 50 mangoes and 100 cherry tomatoes per portion!).
For the dressing, here’s a low calorie recipe:
-2 tablespoon orange marmalade (low in sugar preferably)
-1/4 tablespoon balsamic-raspberry vinegar
-1/2 tablespoon basil
-2 tablespoons olive oil
Stir together and enjoy it!
PS: I’ll be away for the weekend. I’ll tell you about it next week! :)
*Pineapple information: The 150 healthiest food on earth by Jonny Bowden.