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When in doubt, eat a salad

But a good salad. Not a soggy, sad salad. I'll eat salad anytime. Why? Because I spent so many years in grad school and supervision and became intimately familiar with the benefits of plants.

Gimme some greens, vegetables (starchy and non-starchy!) fruits, herbs of all types, and some seeds. Throw a bunch of those things together with a little yummy dressing and some more plants (legumes like chickpeas, lentils, edamame) or an animal source of protein (chicken, fish, eggs, etc), and you have a very efficient way to promote cellular regeneration and feed those adorable bacteria in your gut the things they love.

Keep your tummy happy with a salad. I know that sounds too simple and I know that many people struggle with a love or patience (the prep!) for salads, but here's one that is easy and yummy and filling. Start with a salad a day and see how your energy levels change. Here's one I love that also happens to be vegan. Add things you love to make it more of what you need.

Chickpea salad- this makes 2 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups Chickpeas (cooked- if using canned, rinse to get rid of excess sodium)

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa (cooked)

  • 3 cups Any greens (romaine lettuce, spinach, arugula)

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (medium, diced)

  • 1/2 cup Red Onion (diced)

  • 1/2 Cucumber (small, diced)

  • Add in some Vegan Caesar Dressing (see below)

  • Optional: Add in some chopped cauliflower, some olives, fish, chicken, grated carrot, grated beetroot, any fresh herbs. Make it different every time!

Vegan Caeser Dressing

  • 1 tbls Dijon Mustard

  • 2 tbls Nutritional Yeast

  • 1/2 cup Raw Cashews

  • 2 tbls sugar-free soy milk

  • 1 tsp Crushed Garlic

  • 2 tsps Capers

  • 2 tbls Lemon Juice

  • 1 tbls Soy Sauce*

  • 1 tbls Maple Syrup

  • 1 tbls Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)

  • 1/4 tsp Distilled White Vinegar



The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.

― Julia Child

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