Strawberry Spinach Crunch - Whole Food Fridays Recipe

Whole Food Fridays - Strawberry Spinach Crunch

I created Whole Food Friday posts to show you that healthy food can be delicious!  Each post will give you a recipe or a recipe idea and the health conditions it will help treat!  My goal is to help you making healthy living and eating easy!  Enjoy Dr. Dae!

Strawberry spinach Crunch, eat more Plants by dr. Daemon jones

Strawberry spinach Crunch, eat more Plants by dr. Daemon jones

To keep with the theme of stress awareness month I wanted to share with you one of my favorite salad.  I call it Strawberry Spinach Crunch!  Spring is the perfect time of year to eat this salad because strawberries and spinach are both harvested in the spring so they are at the freshest and depending on where you live you can get them locally!

If you have never had fruit mixed with your salad you will be surprised how sweet and satisfying this salad will be for you.

Spinach, Strawberries and Walnuts are all on @DrDae's list of foods to help manage stress.

Spinach is high in fiber and magnesium.  Fiber is important to help balance your blood sugars to keep your stress hormones from being released do to low blood sugars.  Fiber is found all of the ingredients in this salad.  Magnesium is important to calm your nerves and relieve muscle tension that often crops up during stressful events.  It also helps to reduce blood pressure that can be elevated during stressful situations.

Strawberries are high in Vitamin C which is a necessary nutrient to synthesize your stress hormones.  Strawberries are also high in lycopene which is a great antioxidant.  Antioxidants protect our cells from the damaging effects of stress on our body.

Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega -3 Fatty acids prevent your stress hormones adrenal and cortisol from going through the roof.  Walnuts have been shown to lower blood pressure. A serving size is only a quarter of a cup which is about a handful.

Eat the colors of the rainbow!  The phytonutrients that create the lovely green, red, and purples are support or body in managing stress.  The antioxidants that protect our cells from damage and boost our immune system at the same time.  So eat more fruits and vegetables!

Spring Strawberry Spinach Crunch

1/4 cup extra Virgin Olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoons honey

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped

2 cups spinach, rinsed and dried

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup finely chopped red onions

1. In a small bowl whisk oil, vinegar, honey, and ginger until well mixed into a dressing.

2. Put field greens in a big bowl and top with strawberries, walnuts and red onions.

3. Pour dressing over mixture and toss to combine.

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