When I need to pamper myself, I think of spa-like, light meals, based on fresh fruits, nuts and salads. A pretty presentation, nice ambiance, calming music and a glass of red wine for its heart-healthy antioxidants!
As I work for a major health care provider; I receive alot of information on staying healthy and keeping fit. Much of our pain comes from inflammation. Foods high in saturated fats, simple sugars and white flour actually trigger inflammation throughout our bodies. Right now my body needs all the necessary vitamins, antioxidant rich foods, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fat to heal my hurt ankle and reduce the inflammation.
I’ve got a few weeks of healing ahead of me, so I’m planning on preparing lots of healthy dishes. Not that I don’t always keep a healthy diet, just that I’ll be focusing more on these types than others. The same goes for my physical fitness as bike riding will be replaced by swimming and yoga moves will be limited to floor positions than standing!
This melon salad is as pretty as it is tasty! The light minty vinaigrette pairs beautifully with the melons. A surprise bite of cucumber in the salad is an unexpected delight and the arugula adds just enough delicate peppery flavor. As a side for breakfast, brunch or lunch it’s a bright and fresh compliment. For a light meal, I added some walnuts to balance out the fruits natural sweetness.
Mint and Arugula Melon Salad