Baby Spinach Salad with Homemade Mango Chipotle Dressing

This is a simple yet nutritious salad that is sure to please your toughest critic. Not only is the flavor out of this world, but the benefits of eating this salad can be called “healthy on a plate!” Let’s look at each main ingredient and talk about how each one adds to value to this delectable dish.

Baby Spinach Leaves

SPINACH

  • ┬ácontains an antioxidant that is known to lower glucose levels
  • contains chlorophyll, which is active in cancer prevention
  • is high in potassium, so it can lower blood pressure
  • aids in bone health
  • helps to prevent constipation and aid in regularity
  • helps to build and maintain collagen, which is required for healthy skin and hair
  • is low in calories, but high in iron, calcium, and magnesium
  • very high in vitamins A and K

 

Latin-style Black Beans

BLACK BEANS

  • one cup is equivalent to 15 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein
  • has many health benefits that aid the cardiovascular system
  • aid in bone structure and strength
  • high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  • aids in managing diabetes
  • helps prevent cancer, heart disease, and obesity

 

Avocado (halved & sliced in shell)

AVOCADO

  • contain more potassium than bananas
  • loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids
  • full of fiber – about 10 grams in one avocado
  • aids in lowering cholesterol and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
  • are naturally nutrient-dense, containing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals
  • great for vision
  • high levels of calcium plus vitamins D and K assists in preventing osteoporosis
  • helps prevent cancer in the colon, stomach, pancreas, and cervix
  • improves digestion
  • is a natural detoxifier
  • helps prevent chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease

 

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes

TOMATOES

  • aids in cancer prevention; specifically bladder, breast, cervical, lung, pancreatic, prostate, and skin cancers
  • high in vitamin C; which is good for the adrenal glands, reducing stress, and boosting the immune system
  • rich in potassium; which is known to lower blood pressure
  • rich in folate; which is known to lower blood pressure
  • a good source in vitamin K; which is necessary for strong, healthy bones
  • very low in calories
  • high in biotin; which is good for healthy hair, skin, and nails

 

Red Onion Slivers
Sliced Boiled Egg
Raw Jalapeno Rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other ingredients include red onion, boiled egg, and jalapeno peppers. Each of them have a number of added nutrients and health benefits.

Mango Chipotle Dressing 2

The salad dressing for this recipe is a “golden treat” that is super easy to make. It can also be used as a vegetable dip or a taco topping. Be sure to store it in an air-tight container and place it in the refrigerator for use up to 2 weeks.

Baby Spinach Salad

You can enjoy this salad for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. No matter which mealtime you choose to have it, I can guarantee you it will never disappoint. Click the link below for the salad dressing recipe. Enjoy!

Mango Chipotle Salad Dressing 2

 

 

 

Collard Green Cool Down

It’s officially Fall in Michigan. Aside from the classic favorites like cinnamon donuts, honey crisp apples, and hot cider, we also know it’s the ultimate season for fresh collard greens. Why you ask? Because farmers and consumers alike love to pick collard greens out of the ground after the first frost.

You see, the toughness of collards breaks down in extreme temperatures. Collards cook much quicker once they’ve been dusted with a light frost. The same holds true with these nutrient-dense greens and extreme heat. They break down much faster and reduces the cooking time when cooked over high heat.

Want to use your beautiful fresh collard green leaves in a non-traditional way? Consider these ideas: Mexican Collard Green Burritos or Collard Green Veggie Wraps. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!

collard burritocollard wrap

These big, bold beautiful leaves are not only tasty, but full of nutrients that will prepare your body for the season. Collards are in the same family as kale and cabbage. This leafy green powerhouse is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They’re leaves and stems are also packed with vital minerals such as iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium, and zinc.

Whether you get your greens from your local grocery store or out of your own back yard, collards are a tasty, nutrient-dense addition to any meal.