Salad Makeover Rhonda’s Sunshine Salad

How many times have you turned your nose up because you thought eating raw meant salad, salad and more salad? And when you think of the word salad you think of iceberg lettuce, tomato and cucumber?

Well here is a Salad News Flash!

Eating raw is not a sentence to a lifetime of the traditional salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Eating raw can be an array of beautiful food. God made a bounty to choose from. It is the putting together of different flavors that can keep us motivated to keep eating raw. Not to mention the Health benefits that will be yours for simply changing what you put on your fork!

I was in a mood for something quick as I am always rushing and Always late. So before I dashed out the door I whipped up this little salad dish and wanted to share it with you! I keep a pretty stocked raw kitchen now, so I had everything I needed… you may need to zip to the store!

Rhonda’s Sunshine Salad

Sunshine Salad

Sunshine Salad

  • 4 large carrots (shredded)
  • 1 sweet apple (peeled, cored, and shredded)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp honey (to taste)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine
  2. Chill before serving

This little salad is simple and delicious! It is a raw version of the traditional carrot, raisin salad. However this is not loaded with the fat producing, mucus forming, artery clogging, heart attack waiting to happen, mayonnaise. It is much lighter and will leave your taste buds happy while you know you are feeding your cells not your belly! Now if you just NEED to feel grease in your system and want your mayo on your carrot salad, I will teach you how to make your own mayonnaise with a “Healthy Fat.” That will give you your “Fat” fix, without feeding your body an unhealthy saturated fat… but not today, we are working on pretty salad! :)

Benefits of Carrots

carrots

  • Improved Vision
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Anti-Aging (that one is my favorite!!!)
  • Healthy Glowing Skin (gotta love that Vitamin A, who needs wrinkle cream?)
  • A Powerful Antiseptic
  • Beautiful Skin ( I am going to teach you an excellent raw food facial mask, I have 3 GREAT ones.  Do not let me forget!)
  • Prevent Heart Disease
  • Cleanse the Body
  • Healthy Teeth and Gums
  • Prevent Stroke

Now let’s quickly talk about Apples. Apples are loaded with vitamins A, vitamin C, flavonoids and potassium. They also have traces of phosphorus, iron and calcium. Apples have only about 60 calories and have no fat or sodium. They are a great source of fiber which can reduce intestinal disorders. They help control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream. They also clean and detoxify which helps eliminate heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.  They make a wonderful addition to any salad especially when they are shreaded.

A note about raisins.  They are a natural sweetener, MUCH better for you than consuming processed white sugar.  Try not to put white sugar in your body.  Americans consume about 150lbs of white sugar per year!!!!!  Hello diabetes!  However, of all of the fruits and veggies that we should get the organic version, I lean towards organic raisins.  Why?  Because grape crops are heavily sprayed with pesticides… heck everything we consume is!  So I remove the skin from my carrots, but I cannot remove the skin from a raisin.  Therefore I bite the bullet and get my raisins organic.  If you can, I recommend you do so.  If you cannot, then start where you can and just start eating as much raw as possible.  It is better for your body and for your health, than eating processed, dead, box food!  A small sprinkle of organic raisins really perks up your carrot/apple salad!

This recipe comes from Rhonda Malkmus. I am a Certified Health Minister from Hallelujah Acres, a company which she co-founded. Her cookbook, Recipes For Life, sits in my kitchen along with a host of other cookbooks. I keep getting asked when I am going to make my own cookbook. I know I have one in me. What I do not have right now is time. So I am going to keep sharing recipes with you here weekly.

Try this lively, beautiful salad and post a comment on what you think. Check back here on Fridays for more recipes. I am taking this salad to the boys in the studio, so we will see what they think, live on the air!

 

credits: Hallelujah Acres, Rhonda Malkmus; Care2

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