This delicious salad is a perfect match for all types of diets and weight loss programs. Almonds pair surprisingly well with spinach and the dish is an excellent source of high-quality protein, fiber and vitamin A. Almonds are an excellent source of “healthy” unsaturated fats and have high contents of fiber, calcium, protein, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin E. The eggs in this salad are the perfect source of lean protein, which means they contain all of the nine essential amino acids our bodies need to function. Eggs are also rich in selenium, vitamin D, B2, B6 and B12, as well as iron, zinc and copper. Baby spinach is loaded with vitamin K, and, as well as folate, iron, copper, magnesium, choline and the dietary fiber that helps curb cravings and satiate hunger. It’s also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin E.
Tomatoes are extremely rich in antioxidants, including lycopene and beta-carotene, as well as other important nutrients including folic acid, vitamin C, biotin, potassium and copper. With their high content of water, cucumbers help flush out toxins, keep you hydrated and decrease inflammation. They also contain good amounts of potassium, copper, manganese, B vitamins and vitamins C and K.
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2 cups baby spinach
fresh basil leaves
1 tomato, diced
1 cucumber, diced
3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
3 tbsp almonds, slivered and toasted
Aged balsamic vinegar or dressing of your choice
Add the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and hard-boiled eggs to a salad bowl and toss. Put servings in two bowls and then sprinkle the fresh basil leaves and slivered almonds over each salad. Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar or your favorite low-fat vinaigrette dressing.
Makes two servings.