This cleansing cabbage and hemp salad only takes 10 minutes to toss up

Are you looking for something quick, easy as well as tasty to toss up at lunchtime? Then this colourful cabbage and hemp salad recipe is just the thing for you!

This delicious salad incorporates a variety of colour, which is essential for obtaining a vast amount of nutrients in a single meal. It’s sure to stave off midday slumps and instead give you a great energy boost!

With added hemp seeds for protein and healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil, this salad is perfect for a satisfying lunch.

Bonus tip: Blend up a nutrient-dense green juice to enjoy with your salad for an added nutrient punch!

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Tasty hemp and cabbage salad recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes

You’ll need:

  • 1 small head of purple cabbage
  • 1 handful cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive or hemp oil
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • Juice of a lime

What to do:

  1. Wash, cut and prepare all of the vegetables on the ingredients list.
  2. In a side bowl, whisk the olive or hemp oil with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the vegetables, olive or hemp oil and hemp seeds.
  4. Squeeze the lime juice over your salad and refrigerate it for one hour.
  5. Remove your salad from the fridge, then top with sliced avocado.
  6. Enjoy immensely!

Let me know what you think of this tasty recipe!

How to eat clean without cleaning out your wallet

Perhaps a new raw café has sprung up in your neighbourhood, or you’ve read about Miranda Kerr and Katy Perry being fans. Either way, eating “clean” is gaining traction! But what does it actually mean, how is it good for your body, and how can you jump on the bandwagon without draining your bank account?

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The clean eating craze

Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of eating less or more of specific things (for example, less white carbohydrates and more protein), the idea behind it is more about being mindful of a food’s pathway between its origin and your plate. Clean eating is not a diet.

At its simplest, clean eating is about eating “real” or whole foods. In other words, foods that are minimally or not at all handled, refined or processed, making them as close to their natural form as possible.

But eating clean isn’t all that simple. Because modern food production has become so sophisticated, simply eating whole foods can be a challenging proposition. And let me tell you, it comes with a rather hefty price tag!

For example, if you’ve ever perused the produce aisle of a supermarket, you’ll know that baby spinach costs more than a jumbo-sized bag of chips. Because of this, cleaning up your diet can be a huge financial commitment. But if I can promise you one thing, it’s that it’ll be well worth it. Let me elaborate…

Meaningful reasons to eat clean

The benefits of eating clean extend far past weight loss and general health maintenance. Loading up your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish and lean meats won’t only provide your body with nutrients to support healthy cell function, but also help fight chronic diseases!

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Here are my top reasons to eat clean:

  • You’ll boost your energy levels: A healthful diet that properly nourishes your body will help you feel energetic and productive. Eating clean can also help regulate your blood sugar, helping you avoid fatigue-inducing blood sugar spikes that occur after your eat processed foods.
  • You’ll improve your heart health: A clean diet packed with fruits and vegetables will help lower your risk of heart disease and maintain the strength of your blood vessels. It can also help protect you against stroke and high blood pressure.
  • You’ll reduce your cancer risk: A diet rich in processed foods puts you at an increased risk of cancer. A clean diet, on the other hand, will boost your intake of antioxidants and phytonutrients, and in turn help fight cancer growth.
  • You’ll support your mental health: Apart from promoting physical health, a clean diet will promote mental health too. Nutrients found in whole foods, like vitamin B6 for example, make dopamine (your pleasure hormone). Increased dopamine levels will stave off depression and anxiety.

Now that I’ve convinced you that going over to the clean side is a great idea, let me tell you how you can do it even if you’re on a really tight budget…

Five tips for eating clean on the cheap

#1: Avoid buying superfoods

I find the notion that in order to eat clean, you must consume marketed superfoods, rather perplexing. Sure, it’s fun and interesting to try out things like maca powder and chia seeds, but you certainly don’t need them. You can eat a nutritious, wholesome diet without these super-expensive superfoods.

#2: Buy some foods in bulk

You can save money by buying foods like grains, seeds, nuts and even expensive flours in bulk either online or at a natural food store. Trust me – forking out a large amount of money to buy in bulk might not feel like a good idea when you do it, but in the long run it will save you a significant amount.

#3: Cut down on pre-made and packaged

Convenience costs money, so you can’t continue to buy the same pre-made and packaged food items on top of other expensive healthy items and expect to spend the same amount. Instead, buy whole foods like fresh grains and produce, and make your own meals. There are so many awesome clean eating recipes online to try out!

#4: Emphasise in-season produce

During harvest time, the costs of in-season produce drop because of their increased availability. This also happens to be when fruits and vegetables are at their best in terms of nutrition and flavour. Not sure what’s in season? Staff in the produce department will be able to tell you.

#5: Eat leftovers

As unglamorous as this may be, it has to become a way of life if your budget is small and your clean eating ambitions big. Try and think of it this way: You’ve invested time and good money into this wonderful meal, so why wouldn’t you want to eat what’s left over the next day?

It may take some time, practice and creative budgeting to adapt to the clean way of eating, but it can always be done. Even on the tightest of budgets!

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Not sure where to get started? Here’s a list of some of my favourite local health stores:

Dis-Chem Pharmacy

011 430 0600

Blubird Shopping Centre, corner of Fort & Atholl-Oaklands Road, Birnam

Fresh Earth Food Store

011 646 4404

103 Komatie Road, Emmarentia

Organic Emporium

011 514 0958

Shop 31B Bryanston Shopping Centre, corner of William Nicol & Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston

Health Works

011 325 5168

Shop LM3, Lower Mall, Hyde Park Corner, corner of Jan Smuts & 6th Street, Hyde Park

Please note: I originally wrote this article for a blog that I write for on a freelance basis called Joburg’s Darling. You can find it here.