Ever since I discovered Life Alive, I have made my salads a bit different. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with including avocado, seeds, sprouts, hummus and beets in everything. Dried cranberries and raisins are also popular favorites that I typically throw into the mix. I know you are supposed to slowly reintroduce foods back into your diet after a cleanse but I was pretty hungry and just went all in.
I made stringy chicken by boiling and shredding it in chicken broth. I find that since chicken breasts are often larger than the recommended 4 ounce serving, shredding chicken like in my crockpot salsa chicken, tends to enable me to make more meals out of it. To be honest, the chicken was frozen and I didn’t feel like waiting for it to completely unthaw and this option seems the best. I hate defrosting in microwaves.
The greens consisted of green leaf lettuce, sprouts, beets, raw pepitas seeds, avocado, cucumber and sliced sweet onion topped with Lighthouse Balsamic Vinaigrette. I also added a little hummus and nutritional yeast for added flavor.
These new additions help create a powerhouse of nutrients. I obviously added chicken for extra protein but if you are vegan, the avocado, pepitas and sprouts contain protein as well as heart healthy fatty acids. The hummus adds a little protein as well! The beets aid in helping the liver detoxify your system. All the ingredients are rich in vitamins A, B, C, K as well as folate and anti inflammatory antioxidants. Have you spiced up your salads lately?