Spring is the ideal season for cleansing, and radishes and asparagus are two of the most potent spring cleaning foods!
Hence the inspiration of my new Radish & Asparagus Salad Recipe, which is perfectly designed to help cleanse your body (which helps to focus and the mind and soothe your nervous system), while adding crunchy flavor. This is a fantastic light and happy recipe to keep around for spring picnics and meals in general!
I think radishes are amazing! They are high in skin-beautifying sulfur, silicon and Vitamin C. They are said to be one of the best mucus dissolving foods for the digestive tract—which helps in cleansing our systems out. And remember, the cleaner and more free of toxins our systems are, the more beautiful we become.
Here are a few stand-out reasons why radishes are so beautifying, and one food item that you should seek out:
Radishes are high in sulfur, silica, and Vitamin C. They are one of the only common foods high in both of the beauty minerals sulfur and silica, and one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin C. That’s means, the sulfur, silica and Vitamin C work synergistically to help with healthy connective tissue, and as a result, help in making your skin glow!
While we need some mucus naturally to function, excessive mucus can create stagnation and buildup. Well, radishes are also amazing mucus dissolver! They can detox mucus from your body formed from eating foods such as dairy, which is extremely mucus-forming, and helps to stimulate your liver, by increasing bile flow and cleansing your system. This will help you feel alive and radiant- and your skin will also!
Radishes also contain raphanin, a substance to help balance thyroid hormones, to help keep you at your perfect, beautiful weight. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?!
When you go to pick these beauties, try to choose ones that are red. These are the best kind of radishes because they have the most silica. Also, make sure they are crisp and super fresh (no flimsy, soft, soggy radishes!!).
Spring is a great time to blast out all the excessive sodium we may have built up from winter, from eating everything from lotsa Chinese/Thai food, chips or maybe salted margarita glasses! :)
Asparagus is also rich in fiber and contains a good amount of protein (about 4-5 grams per cup). While we’ve all been conditioned to think that protein is associated with animal foods, it’s not true! Whole plant foods are great sources, and we need far less than we’ve been led to believe. Plus, besides the protein, plant foods also have fiber, which will further cleanse your bod!
With asparagus being known for its high respiration rate, it can deteriorate /get spongy and gross faster than many other vegetables. It’s best to wrap the ends of the asparagus in a damp paper or dish towel during refrigerator storage. This will help offset the asparagus respiration rate and help keep its beauty nutrients intact. Ideally, it’s best to consume your asparagus within two days or so! So move this salad up in the rotation shortly after your market shopping trip!
Depending on where you live, asparagus is usually in season from around February through June, so it gives us a nice span of time to get this amazing beauty food into our salads and stews.
Let’s check out these easy and simple steps…
See this full tasty recipe below…
- 1 bunch of asparagus, tender tops only (you can blanch them in hot water for a few seconds and then add to cold bath to stop the cooking process)
- A few handfuls of fresh salad greens- butter, romaine or mixed greens
- 3 radishes, sliced thinly
- ½ cup avocado, sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon tamari or liquid braggs
- Sea salt to taste
- Combine nutritional yeast, tahini, lemon juice, tamari and sea salt in a small bowl with a whisk.
- Toss in a bowl together with the asparagus, salad greens, radishes and avocado. Enjoy!