Let’s talk about winterizing.
More specifically, let’s talk about winterizing salads.
A lot of times we are drawn to salads when we are craving something light or need a healthy dose of raw veggies. Usually, this occurs in the summer months when the weather is hot, and our bodies are looking for a way to keep things light, airy and cooling. So a salad in the summer might center around butter lettuce, cooling cucumber, crisp radish or maybe even fruit (if you’re into that sort of thing).
In the winter however, our bodies crave more substantial warming meals, but it’s still important that were fitting in crisp raw greens into our diet regularly.
So here is a little template for a cozy winter salad that will be more substantial and filling in the colder more dormant winter months:
Greens (of your choice): You could use kale, baby spinach or arugula or an herby spring mix. Whatever you’re in the mood for or looks the freshest in the produce isle.
Whole Grains (of your choice): This can be any whole grain like quinoa, millet, brown rice… etc. If you’re using rice though, make sure its brown rice and prioritize short grain over long and to soak your grains for at least 2 hours before cooking.
Roasted Veggies: Sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, beets, squash, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, the world is your oyster. Pick your faves and roast them up!
Protein: Baked tofu or stir-fried tempeh are really nice additions but you can also add some beans or lentils if that's your jam.
Nuts: For a nice crunch and a little extra protein add a handful of almonds, pecans or walnuts
Top with some plant-based cheese, fresh or dried herbs, add your favorite dressing and voila, you’ve just given your body a healthy dose of warming whole nutrition in a bowl.
Throw on an extra blanket and cozy up by that fire. Give your body (and your mind) a chance to mellow with the season.