I was never a salad person. I grew up in a family where we only ate cooked vegetables. The thought of consuming raw vegetables never once crossed my mind until a few weeks ago when I decided to be a little adventurous.
A few weeks ago, I bought some avocados and vegetables and since I’m not good at cooking, I decided to make an avocado tomato salad out of them. I was neither confident nor had a high expectation that it was going to turn out good.
I was actually pretty surprised to find how amazingly delicious vegetables can be when consumed raw.
I’ve definitely missed out a lot on the raw vegetables and their health benefits. Now with my avocado and raw vegetable addiction, I think I will be catching up to the missed salad in no time.
At my restaurant, we have this dish called Thai mango chicken. This dish contains freshly sliced mango, sliced onion, and chopped multi-color peppers. They are then stir-fried in Thai sweet and spicy mango sauce and topped off with minced cilantro.
Thai mango chicken is one of my favorite dishes. One day I was eating this scrumptious and savory dish, I suddenly had the inspiration to make some kind of mango salad.
Since I’ve been making salads for several weeks now and I’m pretty confident this salad was going to turn out beautiful and tasty.
Below is the picture of this delicious avocado mango salad recipe.
In this post, I am going to share with the importance of sulfur-rich foods and how to make this delicious avocado mango salad.
So without further ado, let’s get started.
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The Benefits of Sulfur-Rich Foods
We hear so much in the media and from our friends and family the importance of antioxidants, vitamins, and supplements, but rarely do you hear about the importance of sulfur (MSM). I am not talking about the inorganic sulfur (the rotten-egg smell), but rather the sulfur that’s naturally occurring in foods and in the human body.
You’re probably wondering what is so great about sulfur. Well, sulfur is present in all living tissues. It’s a component in two important amino acids:
- Methionine, which your body doesn’t synthesize and must be obtained from your diet
- Cysteine, which needs a steady supply of sulfur and is synthesized by your body.
Sulfur is one of the most important minerals in the human body. It is critical to help us detoxify and regenerate new tissue and it also plays roles in many physiological processes.
4 More reasons why sulfur is so special:
- Sulfur-rich foods nourish the mitochondria.
- Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell. They are organelles that act like a digestive system which takes in nutrients, breaks them down, and creates energy-rich molecules for the cell.
- Want to improve joint pain and stiffness? You need sulfur.
- Sulfur is important for producing collagen, which makes up all your connective tissues. It works by helping the body reduce inflammatory responses that contribute to swelling and stiffness and help cells to release many byproducts and excess fluids from the joints.
- In fact, many arthritis sufferers take a supplement called organic sulfur or MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) to alleviate joint pain. You can also eat sulfur-rich foods to relieve pain as well.
- Who wants beautiful skin, hair, and nails? We all want that, right?
- Well, Sulfur has the ability to keep your complexion clear and youthful, and hair sleek and smooth. Sulfur helps to boost collagen, protein and keratin levels. These are nutrients that are necessary for the health and maintenance of skin, nails, and hair.
- Want to improve heart health?
- Sulfur-rich vegetables also help to prevent the narrowing of blood vessels, preventing atherosclerosis. The disease disrupts the flow of blood around the body, posing serious cardiovascular complications.
- Sulfur has the ability to build flexible cells in the arteries and veins. The flexible and elastic blood vessel tissues are able to pass oxygen and nutrients through their walls to nourish the rest of the body. This allows the body to handle the blood flow much easier and therefore lessens the workload on the heart.
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Delicious Avocado Mango Salad Recipe
I love the colors in this refreshing salad with fresh lime juice and organic honey dressing. The mixture of these fresh ingredients makes it a fun and a colorful salad.
The crunchiness of the purple cabbage and red onion, the sweetness of the mango, the creaminess of the avocado, the textures, and the combination of all the other fresh ingredients and fresh flavor in this salad are perfectly balanced and lovely.
This avocado mango salad makes a perfect snack, side dish, or lunch, as well as for parties or family reunion. To make this salad a more complete meal, you can also add grilled shrimp, grilled salmon, grilled chicken, or grilled turkey.
For every recipe, I try to use as many organic ingredients as possible. If you can’t obtain organic, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are better than none! They work fine for this salad, but there are a few things you need to be aware of.
Be sure to take extra care with non-organic or conventional vegetables by washing them thoroughly and removing peels and cores when possible. This helps to minimize your exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.
Certain fruits and vegetables also tend to be far more contaminated than others simply because they’re more susceptible to various infestations. Therefore, sprayed more heavily with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and other chemicals.
Some foods are also more “absorbent” or more prone to sucking up chemicals with their thin, tender skins. Such foods would be high on your list for buying organic.
Here are some helpful articles that talk about when to buy organic and when not to.
How to Make Avocado Mango Salad?
READY IN: 10 minutes SERVES: 2
(Feel free to double or halved the recipe accordingly)
- 1 Avocado – peeled, pitted and diced (get your avocado slicer on Amazon)
- 1 Large Mango – peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup spinach – chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion – sliced or chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro – minced
- 1/4 cup carrot – shredded
- 1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 Teaspoon of Organic Honey
- 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 Teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt
Additional Optional Add-Ins
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese or cubed mozzarella or any cheese you like
- 1/2 cup shredded/grilled chicken or turkey, grilled salmon, or grilled shrimp
1. Place diced avocado, cubed mango, chopped red onion, chopped spinach, minced cilantro, and shredded carrots in a large serving bowl.
2. Add 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1 Teaspoon of organic honey to the Avocado Mango Salad Recipe. Toss gently to combine ingredients.
3. Just before serving, toss with the following ingredients:
- If you like to add a little kick to the Avocado Mango Salad Recipe, add ½ teaspoon or more of the red pepper flake. Feel free to add additional optional add-ins for a complete meal and extra deliciousness
4. Cover the serving bowl with a plastic food wrap and let the ingredients stand for about 5 minutes before serving to blend flavors.
5. After 5 minutes, it’s time to serve this beautiful, colorful, healthy, delicious, sulfur-rich, sweet, juicy and sour avocado mango salad.
Sulfur-Containing Ingredients in This Salad
- Avocados are high in tripeptide, which is formed when three amino acids are bonded together that breaks down to cysteine after digestion. Cysteine is a sulfuric amino acid, making avocado a great source of sulfur.
- Avocados are a heart-healthy nutrient-dense food that provides substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients with relatively few calories. In fact, 1/3 of a medium avocado (50g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a great nutrient dense food choice.
- Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that are especially concentrated in the tissues in the eyes where they provide antioxidant protection to help minimize damage.
- Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and with only 45 calories per serving. Onions are free of sodium, fat, and cholesterol, and also provide a number of other key nutrients.
- Onions contain compounds such as allyl sulfides and sulfoxides that may improve heart health and repair tissues in joints.
- Onion is one of the best sources of sulfur. The high sulfur content of red onions alone supports the body’s natural ability to detox.
- Onions are powerful superfoods with anti-cancer, antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. They are packed with beneficial nutrients and compounds.
- Onions are also rich in quercetin, which is a powerful bioflavonoid. Quercetin helps to remove excessive estrogen levels from the body. This antioxidant also stimulates liver function to detoxify estrogen and other cancer-causing agents.
- Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, it contains sulfur-based compounds called glucosinolates. They have anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) properties. In the body, glucosinolates become compounds called isothiocyanates, which some studies suggest inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- Cabbage is a natural and effective cholesterol reducer. Cabbage prevents bile from absorbing fat after a meal, which lowers the overall amount of cholesterol in the body.
- Cabbage is rich in minerals, such as calcium and potassium, choline, iodine, phosphorous, sodium, and sulfur. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, B, and C.
- Raw cabbage and raw cabbage juice both relieve and heal any kind of gastrointestinal ulcer. According to research conducted at Stanford University, fresh cabbage juice was shown to both restore the gastrointestinal tract and heal ulcers in only seven days!
- Agricultural scientists found 36 anthocyanins in red cabbage, which may help improve brain function, promote heart health, and provide cancer protection.
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