Tastefully Delicious Arugula Salad

I have something to admit: This summer, I’ve fallen in love with the local Whole Foods. Why? Well, I swear to you that the aesthetic touches my soul in warm ways that I thought only possible in stories. But I’m completely in love- it takes all of my self-control to stick to the basics when grocery shopping. I mean, this company is literally an experience.  My mind is so, so very blown.

Moving on.

This week, I’ve tried to jump into hydrating and eating raw, clean, and pretty simple while also trying to account for protein gains. I’ve discovered this beautiful salad mix that is light, yet flavorful and packed with power nutrients.

Here’s what’s inside:

2 c. Baby arugula leaves (approximately)
10 Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 slices of oven roasted turkey breast from the deli that’s nitrate free, cut into bite-sized squares
Half of a lemon, squeezed over the arugula
A pinch (to taste) of thinly sliced parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons (I just drizzle) balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette

and after a light toss, it’s fabulously scrumptious.  Just add in freshly chopped vegetables like cucumber, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc. for your own unique twist! Be creative, let food be an adventure- nature is neat in that way.

Here’s why this salad is beautifying and powerful:

Arugula is a secret beauty tool that no one really knows about: it’s anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and it definitely helps out the digestive system too. Not only is it a clean eat item, it also has properties that help boost your detox amidst any type of cleanse.

Tomatoes contain chemicals that your body uses to prevent wrinkles/spots/lines that are caused by the sun. In addition, they’re also anti-inflammatory (like arugula) agents with electrolytes and more!

Lemons are insanely amazing, especially in the detox season of summer. They are incredibly useful to detoxify your whole body from the liver to the blood and the digestive system in its entirety. To make use of this wonderful – and flavorful – addition to this meal, I love squeezing any remaining juice into a tall, ice-cold glass of water for that refreshing hydration sensation.

Lastly, olive oil also has tons of antioxidants that really show through the health of your skin. It’s anti-inflammatory and it is pretty tasty too! The healthy fats in olive oil are much better for you, and are among the necessary fats you need in a day, when compared to vegetable oil in alternative dressings!

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think! Here’s to refreshing, relaxing, and super scrumptious food!

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