The kids have been back at school for about a month now. And while I love it when they go back to school and get out of my hair for a few hours, I don’t love the germs they like to bring home and share with me. And with a 6, 5, and 4 year old, there are a LOT of germs. Last year, my 6 year old had 4 ear infections, 2 throat infections, and pink eye. Good times. Someone was sick every 3 weeks in our house. It was the longest winter ever.
However, this year, I’ve been adding more fruits and veggies to our diet to keep our bodies operating at an optimal level, which is why I love this salad…I call it Detox Salad.
If this salad doesn’t help keep you healthy, I don’t know what will. So what makes it “detox?”:
- Oranges – loaded with vitamins C and A (important to help fight colds), fiber, and antioxidants. Oranges also contain phytonutrients thought to have anti-inflammatory, anit-tumor, and anti-oxidant properties.
- Tomatoes – are also loaded with vitamins C and A and contain an antioxidant called lycopene, which helps to mop up damaging free radicals in the body that can harm our cells.
- Avocado – this fruit is so amazing I wrote a whole post about it!
- Garlic – promotes the health and well-being of the heart and immune system with antioxidant properties and also helps to maintain healthy blood circulation.
I love this salad. And cold and flu season is the perfect time to serve it.
Since my kids aren’t huge fans of raw garlic, I dished out their portion of salad without the onions and the dressing. This way I know they are going to eat it while still getting most of the health benefits this salad has to offer.
This Detox Salad pairs great alongside any protein such a lean chicken breast or fish.
So the next time you need a little “detox”, I highly recommend you make this salad. Your body will thank you for it!