Digestive Salad

Who doesn’t love a fresh summer salad packed with a digestive powerhouse punch!  I have teamed up with Botanica Health to make this incredible salad using their Daily Anti-Inflammatory shot. This shot combines the organic fermented herbs of turmeric and ginger. I incorporated these two powerhouse herbs into the dressing to make one tummy happy meal. If you want to get your own Daily Anti- Inflammatory shot click here. Let’s look into why these spices are so amazing and what they can do to help improve your health.

What is Turmeric?!  It is a spice commonly used in Eastern cooking that is derived from the root of the turmeric plant. The plant is a perennial herb and a member of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family. Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, and fatigue. The active chemical curcumin in turmeric and other chemicals can possibly decrease swelling (inflammation). (1)

What is Ginger?! Ginger grows in warm climates, such as China, India, Africa, the Caribbean. It is well known in many recipes and has been a traditional remedy in many cultures for thousands of years. (2) Ginger has been shown to help with painful periods. In one study, more than 60% of women felt that ginger lessened pain. So this salad would be a great thing to eat around that time of the month! Ginger is a common treatment for upset stomach and nausea. Ginger also seems to aid digestion and saliva flow, which help with absorption of vital nutrients for overall health. (3).

By using the fermented turmeric and ginger daily shot, we mimic the digestive process enough to create the beneficial compounds of curcumin for easy absorption into the bloodstream. Fermentation can possibly increase the digestive abilities of turmeric (4). 

There are two additional things you can also do to help the absorption of turmeric. The addition of oil and black pepper, so I added olive oil and black pepper in the dressing to optimize the best absorption! Best of all, this dressing is to die for with the oregano and fresh orange juice. It makes one delicious dressing you can use on any of your other favorite salads too!

To make this recipe it is best if you cook the quinoa and let it cool off before making. I premade the quinoa the night before. But if you can’t do this you can always run the quinoa in a strainer and run under cold water to speed up the cooling process. Quinoa is a great way of getting plant protein into your body, with 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber it will keep you fueled for anything life has to throw at you. The pumpkin seeds add additional protein to keep your muscles and blood sugars happy.

Digestive Salad 

Makes 3 large servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Botanica Daily Anti-Inflammatory Shot.
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2  packed cups chopped kale
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3 medium oranges peeled and sliced
  • 1 packed cup of grated carrots (roughly 2 large carrots)
  • 1/3 cup green onions chopped

Directions

  1. Place quinoa and water into a saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and pepper in and bring to boil. Cover with lid and cook for 18-20 mins. Until all the water is absorbed. Let cool for a few hours or put into the strainer and run under cold water to cool quickly.
  2. While quinoa is cooking make the dressing. Put olive oil, anti-inflammatory shot, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, oregano, black pepper, minced garlic, salt,  and syrup into a food processor and pulse until blended. Or put into a jar with a lid and shake vigorously. The dressing should sit for 20 mins for the flavors to combine.
  3. Chop kale, carrots, green onion, and oranges. Toss in with quinoa into a large salad bowl and add in pumpkin seeds. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Serve in your favorite bowl. This salad is also great the next day as leftovers too!

The best way to digest this nourishing salad is to sit and take a few deep breaths before eating. And as always eat with love. Love,

This post is sponsored by Botanica. But I would never share something I don’t love or use myself.

Resources

(1) https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-662/turmeric                                                  (2) https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/qa/what-is-ginger                                            (3) https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/ginger-uses-and-risks                                    (4) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2012.03113.x

 

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