While the benefits of eating vegetable salads are widely known, it is often the case that processed, unhealthy dressings turn salad-eating into a mixed bag as far as nutrition is concerned. But there is no need to “toss” the idea of finding a tasty and still fully health-helping salad, for they really do exist. The recipe and suggestions below are only one great way to eat a healthy salad. This recipe is focused on aiding eye health in particular, making it a somewhat unique contribution to a natural, body-benefiting diet.
This is perhaps more of a “topping” than a traditional salad dressing, but it functions in the same way and is quite tasty. The simple list of all-natural ingredients runs thus:
- 200 grams of flaxseed oil
- Two fresh lemons, peeled
- Three cloves of crushed, fresh garlic
- Two pounds of raw honey
The method of preparation is also extremely easy:
- Boil the lemons and the garlic in a small pot. Use just enough water to barely cover the lemons and garlic, and only boil them for a few minutes.
- After turning the burner off, pour in the honey and mix it up well.
- Pour the flaxseed oil in and mix again.
- Pour the final mixture into a storage container and keep it in the refrigerator.
Some like to use this healthful mixture as a dietary supplement, taking a teaspoon or so before each meal. It is quite delicious, however, and will serve as a great salad topping.
We will suggest basing the accompanying salad on kale and carrots. Any other vegetable ingredients you wish to add in can only help, but kale and carrots keep with the eye-health theme.
The ingredients in the salad and topping can be great aids for reducing risk of macular degeneration, vision loss, and numerous other eyesight problems. A look at how each ingredients helps your eyes is provided below.
A-linolenic acid, present in high concentrations in flaxseed oil, is an important omega-3 fatty acid. It is also an EFA (essential fatty acid), which cannot be produced by the body but must be gained entirely via food sources. The nutrients in flaxseed oil have proven to be helpful against Sjorgen’s syndrome (dry eyes).
Flaxseed oil is so hearty and good-tasting that it is used in Europe on top of potatoes and quark in what is considered a delicacy dish. Quark is a cheese similar to cottage cheese but more bland. The flaxseed oil serves to enhance the cheese’s flavor.
Lemons, honey, and garlic
The vitamin C in lemons has been shown to help combat cataracts and macular degeneration. Honey has long been held to be an eyesight enhancer and a cure for watery eyes. Garlic is rich in sulfur, which keeps one’s eye lenses strong and healthy.
Kale contains more lutein than almost any other vegetative source. Lutein is not only an antioxidant but also aids the eyes in absorbing blue light. Specifically, lutein protects the retinas from being damaged by free radicals present in blue light.
The beta-carotene that carrots are so famous for is metabolized by the body into vitamin A, which greatly aids eyesight. Carrots also contain antioxidants and valuable minerals like potassium and calcium.
All of the ingredients included in this salad topping and salad will aid in improving eye health. It is amazing the good things that can happen in the body when we choose to eat natural foods.