On the Rivet is delighted to announce that this year we have teamed up with the amazing nutritionists Loving Healthy - made up of Tamara Jones and Rose Glover.
Loving healthy will be creating a series of recipes to help our guests and followers achieve their health and fitness potential in 2016.
Well, seen as we're now in 2016, here is the first recipe in their series of healthy deliciousness . It's a nice simple one to help ease you in, but super healthy and yummy!
Over to the girls...
We tried to keep the description of the nutritional benefits of this dish as short as possible. But this salad is so darn good for you it proved virtually impossible to do so! Here we go then. The science bit...
The Science Bit...
Kale is a powerhouse of antioxidants (such as carotenoids and flavonoids) which quench free radicals, helping prevent the damaging effects of oxidative stress and damage (in part caused by bad lifestyle and diet choices) in the liver.
The iron in kale is essential for the formation of haemoglobin, enzymes, and the proper functioning of the liver. Kale has more iron in it than beef – and the added vitamin C in kale ensures that the iron is absorbed efficiently.
Kale is filled with fibre and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great your skin as it influences the physiology of the skin by promoting epidermal differentiation, modulating dermal growth factors, inhibiting sebaceous gland activity, and suppressing androgen formation.
Sweet potatoes contain potent antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. They are rich in carotenes and vitamin C which are important for normal skin cell development and healthy skin tone.Beta carotenes must have fat present in order to absorbed into the bloodstream, which is provided here by the avocado and tahini.
Sweet potatoes are packed with minerals such as copper, manganese and potassium as well as numerous vitamins (Vitamin B, A, C).
Tahini is a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
Tahini and Kale both contain high amounts of calcium – which has been shown to help manage conditions such as PMS and dysmenorrhea (painful periods).
Tahini is 20% complete protein (more protein than most nuts), and contains numerous minerals and vitamins.
Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids which help protect the skin, they also contain vitamin E, which is a powerful Antioxidant that neutralizes the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestion and regulates blood sugar, and kicks starts your metabolism – all of which aids in detoxifying the body.
(Be sure to always buy non-irradiated cayenne pepper (and all spices) since irradiation negates the health benefits of spices).
Lemon is a natural detoxifier, helping transform toxins into digestible material and stimulating the liver’s natural enzymes by oxygenating the body.
Supercharge your health:
To add to the plethora of the health benefits listed above, this salad also contains high amounts of Vitamin K and B vitamins, as well as the phytochemical ‘Isothiocyanates’ which play a primary role in the prevention of numerous cancers.
This dish is perfect for lunch, or even as a starter before dinner.
Give it a go and let us know what you think!
Tamara & Rose