If you’ve ever dealt with Chronic Fatigue, ME, or a limbic system impairment… chances are you’ve been too tired to cook a full blown meal. We’ve all been there. Sometimes we just want fast food, but don’t want to compromise our healing or to suffer the consequences by eating Chick-Fil-A (still love ya Chick).
Salads are such a great way to get a lot of nutrients in one meal and you can completely customize this to fit your nutritional needs and food allergies. My salads (and meals) don’t always look the prettiest, but I was excited to find a new meal I could make quickly and still feel good after eating it!
Spinach is one of the leafy greens that is rich in several different vitamins and nutrients. It is high in carotenoids, vitamin C, K1, folic acid, iron, and calcium. Spinach has been shown to reduce oxidative stress and is all-around a great base for salads and smoothies.
Salmon is one of the most nutrient-dense fish. It’s high in selenium, vitamin B, and omega-3 fatty acids. It is also known to prevent brain and bone health.
Sauerkraut is RICH in natural probiotics, vitamin C, K, iron, and manganese. It’s anti-inflammatory effects can provide cancer-fighting antioxidants and reduce the risk of several diseases. While supplemental probiotics can not colonize in the gut, probiotics from food CAN. This is why I try to incorporate sauerkraut into my diet each week. Although if you are suffering from SIBO, you may want to hold off on or reduce your sauerkraut intake to reduce bloating and discomfort.
Flaxseeds are another food source rich in omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. It’s also filled with antioxidants and they’re an easy addition to most meals – you’ll hardly notice they’re even there!
Let’s be honest – we all live for avocadoes. Avocadoes are rich in vitamin K, C, B, E, and potassium. They are DELICIOUS and loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats we all need).
You can go a couple of different ways with the dressing. I mixed olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and salt together as a dressing. I also LOVE Primal Kitchen’s dressings! They are delicious and are already made for you. Let me know what you end up using.
5 minTotal Time
- 2 Cups of Spinach
- 1 Can of Wild-Caught Salmon
- 1-3 Spoonfuls of Sauerkraut
- 1/2 an Avocado
- 1 Tbsp of Flaxseeds
- Dressing of Choice
- Add all ingredients together to enjoy a delicious 5-minute salad!
What’s your favorite 5-minute meal? Let me know! I love hearing from each of you.