This dazzling salad is a big hit with guests and at potlucks. It’s bright, colorful and utterly appealing. For added flair, consider slicing the beets or cutting them into fine matchsticks. Beets are mighty, yet humble root vegetables. They contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Like other cruciferous vegetables, kale has a high concentration of the antioxidants carotenoids and flavonoids, which have been shown to prevent cancer. Kale is also an excellent source of vitamin K, which is a critical nutrient in supporting the body’s inflammatory process. This is a wonderful salad for any point along your journey to better health.
This lovely, bright salad is a great introduction to the peppery and lovely watercress. Watercress is a humble, cruciferous, aquatic green leafy vegetable eaten since ancient times. Long considered food for the lower classes, it has only recently regained popularity due to hits high nutritional value. Watercress provides numerous health benefits, including cancer prevention, lowering blood pressure and healthy bone support. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron, calcium and folate. Among other benefits, an increase in folate consumption has been shown to improve cognition and verbal fluency – good news for prevention of cognitive decline!
Francie Healey is the author of "Eat To Beat Alzheimer's and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is both a Certified Health Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.practitioner.