I wanted to share this quick and tasty lunch with you all. It is packed full of Iron, which is so important for all of us but especially my women readers, high in Protein, B-Complex, high in Fiber, and for the grand finale it contains a rich source of Glycine Betaine which is wonderful for all my readers Cardiovascular Health!!! Essentially what this phytochemical compound does, is it helps lower the homocysteine levels within the blood, when we have high levels of this toxic metabolite it is harmful to our blood vessels which can lead to cardiovascular diseases. So based upon this info I know you are all ready to hear what my tasty and quick-lunch was….
Here it is, I call it the “Protein Packed Spinach Lentil Beet Salad”. I know some of you are thinking Beets, they aren’t my favorite or Beets they take a while to roast and prepare. As a mom of 3 kids 9 and under I have a solution for you… If Beets aren’t your favorite please give them another try with this salad – I think you will be surprised and if you think you don’t have time to roast them I get that too. I buy my beets already roasted and peeled at Trader Joe’s or Safeway. Now I know my parents who are both amazing Home Chefs are cringing right now, but honestly I think they taste as good and guess what there is no hassle for me to get my fill of Glycine Betaine in my diet. So for me it is a Win-Win.
It takes minutes to make this quick and easy salad. One layer of fresh spinach leaves, 1/4-1/2 Cup cold lentils, 3 beets chopped, handful of red grapes sliced, a sprinkle of goat cheese (if you like that sort of thing and don’t have an intolerance to it). I stick with my favorite home dressing where I lightly drizzle olive oil over the salad, squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon to give it a pop of citrus and lightly drizzle balsamic glaze to finish it off. Trust me you will love this salad if you give it a try!!!
I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do for so many reasons: it is quick and convenient, packed full of essential vitamins and minerals and most of all extremely satisfying!!! If you would like more personalized help with your nutrition or fitness please reach out to me for your complimentary session at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Good Health!
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