Preparing a beautiful, nourishing salad jar to take to school or work for lunch can be a quick, easy, and cost effective way to pack in a wide range of nutrients and foods to support the diversity of our gut bacteria, and wellbeing of our whole beings.
We are all unique, and so are our dietary requirements for feeling happy and healthy in our skin. Some people operate better fuelled by a more carb-heavy diet, others lean more towards the protein end of spectrum, and some people are right in the middle, and function best with an equal amount of both.
If you're not sure which combination of foods support you in feeling your best, you can take the BePure Macronutrient Profile Test, to begin the journey to finding out.
This recipe is more of a formula, which you can adapt to fit your specific needs, as well as what you happen to have sitting in the fridge. Salad jars are very generous user-uppers of leftovers. There's something for everyone!
We have aimed to pick ingredients that support the management of inflammation in the body, and promote feeling and looking well.
Nourishing Summer Salad Jar Ingredient Formula
Pick a base of leafy greens
Baby spinach, kale, rocket, collard greens
Pick a gluten-free, wholefood carb source
Quinoa, buckwheat, roasted or boiled kumara, black rice, boiled sweetcorn
Pick a whole-food protein source
Salmon or other oily fish, lamb, boiled eggs
Pick 3 brightly coloured veggies
Red onion, yellow or red capsicum, tomato, carrot, cucumber, beetroot
Pick a fruit
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, orange, apple
Pick 1-2 healthy fats
Walnuts, Brazil nuts, avocado, pine nuts, olives, hempseeds
Pick a herb
Basil, parsley, fennel, corriander
Whip up a dressing
You can use any of these by themselves, or any combination together: Olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar.
Note that this is a guide, and you can shift and adapt to suit you!
What does your nourishing salad jar look like? Show us on Instagram by tagging us @bepurebenwarren, or using #bepurebenwarren. Can't wait to see what you come up with!