Yes, this lunch has carbs & yes, this chick eats carbs!
Not all carbs are created equal & the distinction is important when you’re becoming more mindful about what you’re putting into your body.
- simple carbs are what we traditionally think of when we hear “carbs”: white grains, flours, sugars, bread, pasta & rice + sweets. They’re processed & composed of simple sugars that are very quickly digested, contain little to no fibre, may lead to imbalances in blood sugar levels + trigger cravings + weight gain & provide temporary bursts of energy with little to no nutrition.
- complex carbs are found in whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts, fruits, oats + non-starchy veggies. They’re higher in fibre, vitamins & minerals + they’re digested by the body a lot slower than simple carbs. They’re a grain source of sustained energy, help regulate blood sugar levels, keep us full & cravings at bay + promote healthy weight maintenance. These are the carbs you want more of & the ones that can help with gut health, boosting energy, regulating mood, providing glucose for the maintenance of a healthy brain, tryptophan for restful sleep + higher levels of strength & muscle building hormones.
This salad is full of complex carbs, plant protein + healthy fats, making it a filling mid-day energizing + nutritious meal!
TO MAKE IT: Simply add 2 handfuls of your fave greens, 1/2 small avocado, shredded carrot, 1/2 shallot, 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast, 2 tbsp. organic brown rice + 2 tbsp. diced red apple to a bowl.
In place of the rice, you can use any other whole or sprouted grain, bean or legume, such as; black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, freekeh, or lentils.
And as for fruit, pear would work well too!
FOR THE DRESSING: Combine 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp. apple cider, 1/2 tbsp. Dijon, splash of maple syrup, sea salt, black pepper + garlic powder, mix, pour over the salad & toss. Enjoy!
If you prefer, you can use red wine vinegar, coconut or rice vinegar in place of the balsamic or apple cider vinegar.
You can also replace the dijon with tahini, almond or sunflower seed butter for a heartier dressing.
As for sweetener, yacon syrup, raw organic unpasteurized honey, coconut nectar re all great too!