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Superfood Salad

By 1st May 2016Nutrition

Imagine a salad so super it can build muscle, promote fat loss, have anti-inflammatory benefits, promote energy production, encourage normal sleep patterns, detoxify the body and do all this whilst tasting great! Well imagine no more, the ABC fit superfood salad has arrived!

superfood salad

Ingredients (makes one serving)
1 salmon fillet, baked and flaked
Large handful of mixed leaves containing spinach
40g pomegranate seeds
30g cashews
Handful of raw broccoli, finely chopped
Sprinkle of golden linseed

Nutritional Info
KCAL – 658.1
P – 50g
C – 23.4g
F – 40.5g

The Super Line-Up
The ingredients contained in the salad are known for their superior health benefits. Combing them together is what makes the salad super!

Salmon – This oily fish is packed with protein and rich in omega 3 ‘s. Protein plays an important role in the body with regards to muscle growth and repair after exercise. Omega 3’s have a whole array of benefits including joint health, heart health, fat loss, muscle growth and can have important anti-inflammatory benefits on the body.

Cashews – Not only are cashews packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, they also boast a great vitamin, mineral and antioxidant profile. They contain high amount of copper for antioxidant defences, energy production and bones, as well as magnesium for lowered blood pressure and normal sleep patterns.

Pomegranate Seeds – Pomegranate seeds, often called arils, are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and bio active plant compounds. There’s one unique substance that makes pomegranate seeds special. Punicalagins, which are are extremely powerful antioxidants found in the juice and skin. They are so powerful that pomegranate juice has been found to have up to three times the antioxidant activity of green tea. These ruby jewel seeds also display strong anti-inflammatory effects. This is extremely important for the hard-exercising individual.

Golden Linseed – Linseeds (also known as flaxseeds) are a great source of gluten/wheat free fibre. Remember, fibre is needed to promote healthy bowel movements as well as aiding us with fat loss due to its ability to keep us feeling fuller for longer, meaning we won’t consume as many calories throughout the day. Since many of us don’t consume enough fibre per day, sprinkling linseeds into salads is a great way to top up your levels. They’re also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which we’ve already established display some great benefits for our health and fitness.

Raw Broccoli – Broccoli is packed with fibre which is great for digestive health. It also has a strong, positive impact on the body detoxification system which is very useful when we consider the amount of foreign compounds and contaminants that enter into our body every day. Cooking vegetables can often destroy and breakdown the nutritional content, so keeping your broccoli raw is a smart choice. You could say it makes it even more super!

Spinach – Apart from helping you develop strong, muscular forearms, spinach is a great fibre source as well as boasting high levels of zinc, niacin and vitamins A,C,E and K. The dark green colour of spinach also indicates it contains chlorophyll, known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.

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