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Antioxidants: Spinach, pear and haloumi salad

This recipe is a quick but very tasty choice. The basis of this salad is spinach which is rich in iron. They are also rich in vitamins (A, B9, C, K…), minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese…), and anti-oxidants. You can taste this recipe with fish such as salmon or cod or with a good fillet of beef.

Ingredients

  • A tray of baby spinach leaves, ready to use
  • A pear
  • Haloumi 4 slices
  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Flax seeds
  • A handful of raisins
  • Balsamic cream
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

    1. Place the spinach in a container.
    2. Cut the pear into small pieces.
    3. Grill the haloumi slices in a pan.
    4. Add the pear pieces and the haloumi to the bowl with the spinach.
    5. Add the almonds, walnuts, flax seeds and raisins.
    6. Add the balsamic cream, salt, pepper and mix all the ingredients.
    7. Add a little more balsamic cream at the end for decoration.

The benefits of the recipe

Spinach salad

Spinach

This recipe is a quick but very tasty choice. The basis of this salad is spinach which is rich in iron. They are also rich in vitamins ( A, B9, C, K …) , in minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, etc.), and in anti-oxidants . You can taste this recipe with fish such as salmon or cod or with a good fillet of beef.

The pear

The second ingredient we use is the pear . Rich in water , in minerals (potassium, calcium and magnesium), in vitamins (C, B, A and E), in antioxidants (flavonoids and phenolic acids) as well as in fibers , the pear can claim to be a fruit very high nutrient density .

The haloumi

One serving of haloumi can provide about 2.4g of salt, which is about 40% of the adult’s recommended daily intake. However, the halloumi is also high in protein, with the same serving providing 19g per serving, making it a good vegetarian option (in moderation).

The almonds

To give more flavor, we add almonds . Its mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids are cardioprotective. They give the almond its effectiveness in reducing the risk of heart disease. According to a study conducted in 2015 by American researchers, the daily consumption of almonds helps to thin the blood and reduce blood pressure, two factors that reduce cardiovascular risks.

Their great richness in antioxidants makes almonds valuable in the fight against oxidation, cell aging and the appearance of certain cancers. According to several studies, they are particularly effective in preventing colorectal cancer. A food well provided with antioxidants would also be essential to prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Rich in fiber and having a low glycemic index, almonds are said to help regulate blood sugar and prevent diabetes. Several studies have also linked the regular consumption of almonds and a reduction in insulin resistance.

Rich in protein almonds make it a food of choice for vegetarians or vegans who want to supplement their protein intake.

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