Citrus Cabbage Salad

 
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I’m a huge fan of pairing a lean protein with non-starchy veggies at dinner-time.  This is a great strategy for keeping lean. Starchy carbs and grains have a tendency to store fat when consumed in large quantities in the evening; think standard American meat and potatoes dinner. In light of this I love creating delicious side salads that I can fill up the majority of my plate with and can rest assured that they aren’t weighing me down and making me sluggish.

 
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Last week I purchased a large bag of Organic shredded green and purple cabbage with a little bit of carrots mixed in from a great local shop in my neighbourhood; The Healthy Butcher. After being away at my family’s home for Christmas I had to use these veggies up ASAP before they went bad.  I am well aware that cabbage can be a really bland vegetable, BUT I do assure you this dish is the very opposite of this. Along with the cabbage this recipe brings in a great source of protein and healthy fats from pumpkin seeds as well as healthy fats from olive oil.

Citrus cabbage salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 small green cabbage shredded
  • 2 carrot stocks shredded
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

Dressing

  • ¾ cup lemon olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

Method of Preparation:

Chop cabbage and place in mixing bowl. Chop carrots Julienne style and add to mixing bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix together. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Garnish with pumpkin seeds.

Notes

  • If you want to make this recipe as easy as possible purchase your veggies already shredded.
  • If you don’t have lemon olive oil one squeezed lemon will suffice.
  • Feel free to switch up which cabbages you use or mix purple and green together.

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Superstar Ingredients

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Cabbage: I’ve become a big fan of cabbage over the last two years. Cabbage’s number one strength is its ability to enhance the body’s estrogen detoxing mechanisms. We are bombarded with chemical estrogens (xenoestrogens) on a daily basis from beauty products, plastics (BPA), pollutants, tap water and more. The Indole-3-carbinol, found in high quantities in cabbage helps the body to eliminate chemical estrogens that promote estrogen dominant cancers (breast, cervical, ovarian).

 
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Apple Cider Vinegar: I love me some apple cider vinegar for a few reasons. It is great for our digestion. It can lend itself as an acid to help breakdown food in the stomach and therefore reduces heartburn and is also full of enzymes to aid the breakdown of foods. Although acidic in nature the net effects of apple cider vinegar are alkalizing to the body, which is important in warding off inflammation and disease states. Oh, and another thing. Apple cider vinegar is an antioxidant. Yes, you should get some immediately.

 

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