How to Pair Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits are carbohydrates that provide vitamin C, which helps you to absorb iron more efficiently for energy. Fruits have a different carbohydrate and sugar content than vegetables. They digest quicker, ferment in the stomach, and as a general rule, should not be combined with vegetables. The exception to this is spinach, chard, and collards which are the iron-rich green leafy vegetables that combine well with fruit. For instance, adding strawberries to a spinach smoothie or salad offers a vitamin C and iron combination resulting in an energy boost.
Try our strawberry spinach salad and get your energy boost!
Strawberry, Spinach, and Almond Salad
- 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, stems off, washed and sliced
- 1 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach, stems off, torn or sliced
- 2 Plum Tomatoes, sliced
- 1/4 Cup Red Onion, finely diced
- 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds, toasted
- 1/2 Cup Raspberries
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon of Poppy or Sesame Seeds
Combine raspberries, sugar, vinegar, oil, and seeds in a blender and puree until smooth.
Toss sliced strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, onion, and cranberries together and top with almonds. Drizzle with dressing. Makes 2 servings.