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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Carrot & Beetroot Salad

From the GI (Glycemic Index) blogspot dated February 1, 2008

Researchers from the Health Science Centre at Jikei University in Tokyo , studying 18,000 subjects came up with the following easy to remember 1 - 2 -3 grid to help people change unhealthy patterns into health promoting habits. Incorporating all 3 steps into your lifestyle will result in lower measures of "metabolic syndrome" (high blood pressure, high blood glucose and blood fats, abdominal obesity).

NONE OF - 1 - SMOKING


LESS OF - 2 - FOOD & ALCOHOL


MORE OF - 3 - EXERCISE, REST AND ENJOYABLE ACTIVITIES.


Simple? Yes. Nothing we didn't already know? True.

Turns out though that a number of us have a hard time following these guidelines even knowing the obvious - that we are going to feel and be much healthier.



From the same newsletter, I decided to try the Carrot and Beetroot Salad. Who knew that a beet (uncooked) is basically a bulbous carrot? I always assumed you had to cook and pickle beets to enjoy them. Curious? Try this recipe; even my husband who is not a huge fan of salads, enjoyed it. We were both surprised by how satisfying this combination was - crunchiness, sweet & sour , colourful - eaten with chopsticks, we actually savoured the taste and texture! A nice change from the usual sit down, eat, get up and leave the kitchen, all within 5 minutes maximum (regardless of how much time one took to prepare the actual meal!).

I adjusted the dressing to my taste by adding some ginger jam (about 1 tablespoon).

2 cups salad greens, 1 crisp green apple, chopped, 2 medium carrots, grated, 1 medium beet, peeled and grated, 2 oz. almonds roughly chopped.

2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil (you can use the lemon juice to coat the apple slices - but I combined both and then added the ginger jam as I felt the taste was too sour).

Layer serving dish with greens. Mix all other ingredients and pour dressing over. Toss and pile over the salad greens. (Pictured at right under caption "For dinner tonight...").







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