I’ve become a bit more conscious about what I’m eating lately.
Whilst gaining weight, or when that was my priority, ample calories were the name of the game. Granted they came from whole plant based food the majority of the time (a little sugar here and there to keep me sweet!) but in terms of the nutritional profile of the individual foods, be it their protein content, whether they’re acidic or alkaline or their specific mineral/vitamin boosting properties.
I’m not sitting down working out the nutritional profile of my meals, far from it. I’m just being a little bit more aware of achieving a balance, improving my digestion, aiding post workout muscle recovery, and keeping my energy levels at their peak.
Hence the salad! The components are bone building due to not only their nutritional profiles but there fermentation in some cases and also their alkalinity. An acidic diet leaches minerals from our bones. Having had osteopenia it’s something I need to be more conscious of. That said the major lechers, dairy and meat are at least completely omitted!
Fermented soy foods, like miso and tempeh (aside from being bone building mineral vessels – magnesium, calcium, manganese….) , as well as being alkaline contain a plant compound, genistein, has been cited as better for bone building than many prescription alternatives. Tempeh is also a great rich source of bone building protein! I’ve also been loading up on raw health sauerkraut….tummy loving goodness!
The thick creamy incredibly tasty dressing is made up of the aforementioned miso and bone building mineral dense tahini.
Lots of Vitamin K rich greens to convert bone building protein, osteocalcin, in to it’s active form. It plays quite the roll in bone building and mineralisation.
A hidden ingredient, apple cider vinegar, a now daily staple is in the wondrous dressing. Avoiding low stomach acid, it ensures the food I’m digesting is broken down and absorbed with minimal hassle.
Grains are generally considered acidic, some more than others. Sprouted grains on the other hand are alkaline in nature. The mix I used to sprinkle on top for a delicious crunch is from Iswari; providing complete protein and slow releasing energy.
Aside from it’s bone loving goodness the whole thing together was delicious!!! I also felt 100% healthy, energised and almost supercharged once I’d made quite the dent in it.
Do you consciously compose any of your meals based on their nutritional profiles?
Bone Building Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: saute entree salad gluten-free vegan buckwheat amaranth miso beet
Ingredients (Serves 1 hungry person)
- 1 small zucchini (sliced julienne or made in to noodles using julienne peeler!)
- Small handful of blueberries
- 1 roasted beet sliced
- 1/2 a ripe avocado sliced
- 1 heaped tbsp Sprouted grains
- Large handful of organic spinach
- 2-3 tbsp of raw unpasteurised sauerkraut
- 4-5 slices tempeh – thinly sliced
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp Bragg’s aminos
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp white miso
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp coconut nectar (optional)
Whisk together ingredients for tempeh. Cover tempeh and set to one side for at least 30 minutes.
Whisk together dressing ingredients and refrigerate until using.
Prepare salad components.
Saute tofu over a medium heat in a non stick skillet, 3- 5 minutes on each side.
Serve it up; drizzle dressing over the top and sprinkle with sprouted grains if using.