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Lately I’ve been a bit disorganized with my eating habits. There are even some days that I don’t get a bite of green in my mouth. My toddler’s daycare is closed for summer vacation. You can imagine my house. It’s a warzone. Toy cars, blocks, toy gardening tools, and a little sneaker -yes, for some reason he always takes off just one- are what make our floor level domestic landscape.

I’m trying to study everyday for an hour at least, besides taking care of M, and transforming myself to his request into something different every twenty minutes. A polar bear, a wolf, Godzilla, Santa Claus, his daycare teacher, Toothless -the dragon-, Jiro -the world famous japanese sushi cheff-, a-ha, he likes to talk and play with him too. So if I manage to construct lunch for both of us with some pan seared salmon, and sliced cucumber with olive oil, sea salt and lemon, I consider it a victory. Not everyday I have time to prepare a nice, green salad. Maybe if I’m not too tired in the evening, after the little dragon hunter is asleep,¬† I’ll throw some green leaves in a plate and whatever vegetable was left the day before, and munch away while my eyes are almost closed and I’m half asleep.

One thing I am keeping in stock these days is nopales (cactus). My son adores them, it’s one of his favorite veggies at the moment. So when everything else fails, steamed or boiled nopal bites with a bit of salt, oregano and olive oil come to the rescue. I keep them in the fridge cooked and cut in little squares. The other day I got the idea to make a nopal-inspired salad. It resulted in one of the tastiest salads I’ve made. I used spinach as the base green, but you can use romaine lettuce, arugula, whatever you want.

Here’s the recipe.

Nopal, goat cheese and avocado salad

1 serving

1 1/2 cup of spinach

1/2 cup of cooked nopal, cut in squares

Goat cheese, about 1/3 cup

Diced avocado

Dressing

Extra virgin olive oil

Celtic salt, or any sea salt

Crushed dried oregano

Lemon juice

Make a bed of spinach leaves. Add the nopal squares, the goat cheese and avocado cubes. Now add the sea salt, drizzle the olive oil, add the crushed oregano, and finally some lemon juice. Add these last four ingredients to suit your taste. Enjoy!

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Whenever anyone asks me: What is one thing I can do to start eating better and feeling better? Or to drop weight? Or to increase my energy and lower my stress? My answer is always the same: Eat more greens! Greens are good for you. Of all the foods in the world, they’re the ones that come from the earth in search of the sun’s rays of light. They open up like flowers and stare directly at the sun absorbing it’s light and all of it’s energy. This energy, it you eat them, will be yours.

Part of this energy comes from the green blood of plants: chlorophyll. Green blood is the best source of nutrition your red blood could get. It cleanses and detoxifies your blood from toxins that should not be in there but usually are, like heavy metals.

It also brings your body an abundance of oxygen. Have you ever payed attention to the leaves of spinach? You must have noticed how much their shape and nerves  resemble our respiratory system. This is nature sending us a signal, informing us that they are the most powerful food for your respiration. So, if you have asthma, or you live in a big polluted city, you better start munching on greens.

Another benefit of eating greens is their fiber content, they fill you up with a very little amount of calories, and a very big amount of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, and thousands, yes, thousands, of phytonutrients that support your body in lot’s of ways and protect you from getting ill.

A lot of people wonder how to get those most revered greens into their system. Well, there are many ways to do this. Green juices, green smoothies, yes, but let’s not forget the most classic way to eat greens: in a salad. I love salads in the summer. They’re fresh, crunchy, and if you use your imagination and creativity, they should never be boring. They also need not be complicated. With very few ingredients you can easily make an exciting salad.

Here’s an easy and tasty way to get some greens inside your body. It is one of my latest salad creations and it has become a favorite at my house. It has an oriental sweet and sour taste to it, so if you’re into thai or exotic flavors, you are surely going to love it. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

Arugula, Pineapple and Avocado Salad

serves 2

for the salad:

3 cups baby arugula

2/3 cup pineapple, diced

1 avocado, diced

black and white sesame seeds roasted with garlic

celtic salt

dressing:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp tamari or soy sauce

2 tsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp lemon juice

In a large bowl, toss the arugula leaves with the diced pineapple and avocado. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and some celtic salt. For the dressing, combine all liquid ingredients, mix and pour over the salad. Eat and enjoy!