I’ve recently been thinking a lot about healthy eating and exercise. One of the main reasons for this is because I’m finding it so difficult to fit in exercise at the moment and cooking healthy meals has to be a quick process because I’m so short of time. In the winter, I usually gravitate towards soups at lunchtime, but perhaps it’s because our summer lasted so long, but this year I’m still totally hooked on salad.
One of my favourite books of all time was Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. It’s a few years since I’ve read it, but it often comes up in conversation and recently, I was discussing it with my sister, who mentioned the use in the book of chia seeds. I had already bought some of those when we had the conversation, but chatting about it made me think about seeds in general and how beneficial they are, particularly if you’re vegetarian like me, because they can provide nutrients like calcium that are so important and often missing in the vegetarian diet.
The other way to get both calcium and iron in a vegetarian diet is through the use of green leafy vegetables. Of course, my love of salad at the moment is making this easy to achieve. I’ve recently discovered a new type of salad that has just been introduced by Florette. Baby kale is a relative of curly kale, but it’s much better for eating raw. It tastes great and contains calcium and iron. And aside from anything else, it’s new, so it makes a bit of a change from the usual salad leaves.
It’s pretty rare for me to eat lunch on my own, but the other day Libby went to my mum’s for lunch. For Libby and I, our usual routine is to have boiled egg and salad, sometimes with some bread or some crisps. In the absence of egg or bread and owing to a lack of willingness to go to the shop, I used avocado to make the salad more filling and sprinkled hemp seeds on the top for protein and texture. And I came up with this beautiful creation, I wasn’t quite sure whether to eat it or photograph it, so I did both!
Please note, I was given the opportunity to sample some baby kale for the purposes of an honest review. All views, opinions, salad addictions and beautiful edible creations are my own.