I hope you had the time to check out my last food blog, easy healthy food recipes – easy avocado tomato salad, and hopefully you enjoyed making and eating that delicious and wholesome salad.
This is going to be another post focusing on how to increase sulfur naturally through the foods you consume.
In fact, the best and most ideal way to obtain sulfur is through our diet.
Sulfur is a naturally occurring compound found in many protein-rich foods and certain vegetables, such as such Alaskan salmon, poultry, grass-fed meats, broccoli, onion, and eggs, just to name a few.
In this post, I will share with you the following:
- What is so special about sulfur?
- A Healthy Substitute For Mayonnaise
- How To Make This Light Avocado Egg Salad?
- Nutrition Facts and Benefits
So without further ado, let’s get started!
What is so Special About Sulfur?
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Sulfur is one of the most important minerals in our body. In fact, it is the third most abundant mineral in our body after calcium and phosphorus and is absolutely essential for the proper functioning of our body.
Sulfur is one of the main components of detoxification and cellular regeneration in the body. Additionally, it’s one of the basic building blocks used throughout the body to make a variety of biomolecules such as enzymes, collagen, amino acids, hormones, neurotransmitters, and much more.
As I’ve mentioned previously in my easy avocado tomato recipe post, of the 20 amino acids present in food, only 2 contain sulfur, and neither are stored in your body.
They are methionine and cysteine.
Methionine cannot be synthesized by our bodies and therefore has to be supplied from external sources. Cysteine is another sulfur-containing amino acid, which is synthesized by our body but needs a steady supply of sulfur in order to do so.
It’s important that you supply your body with this nutrient daily as it is not stored by the body and is passed every 12 hours after being ingested.
In today’s modern society, we are being bombarded on a regular basis with chemical, food, and environmental toxicity coming from genetically-modified foods, refined and processed foods, preservatives in the food, artificial food coloring, radiation, air-borne pollutants, chemtrails that poison our air, water and soil with toxic metals, pharmaceutical products, and personal hygiene products.
Without sulfur, your body cannot properly mobilize and release toxins, toxins will then remain embedded in the body’s cells, which will eventually make you more susceptible to illnesses.
If you want to keep your body performing at its maximum capacity and defend yourself against all of the toxic contaminants you are exposed to daily, then you need to detox. A sulfur-rich diet is an absolutely necessary step in the detoxification process.
If further detox is needed, organic sulfur crystals can be a great way to help you achieve further detoxification.
A Healthy Substitute For Mayonnaise
Ok, I think I’ve said enough about the importance of sulfur. Now let’s talk about this creamy, sulfur-rich, beautiful, and delicious light avocado egg salad.
I had an obsession with mayonnaise for a long time. I especially loved it on my sandwiches and egg salad. The taste of mayonnaise is so rich, creamy, and delicious, and it seems to go well with any dish.
I’ve become a conscious eater in the past couple of years after experiencing some health problems. I decided to adapt to a healthier diet and lifestyle and had to finally say goodbye to my favorite condiment, mayonnaise.
One day I was reading a health book and came across this delicious light avocado egg salad recipe. The recipe looked yummy and I wanted to give it a shot but I was disappointed to find that one of the ingredients needed was mayonnaise. Since I gave it up two years ago, there is no way that I was going back to it.
Mayonnaise is not the healthiest ingredient. In fact, one tablespoon of regular mayonnaise has about 100 calories and 11 grams of fat and 80 milligrams of sodium.
In practical terms, this means 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise can double the fat and calorie content of your food. Sure, it’s so delicious, but I knew there had to be a better and healthier alternative.
So I searched and found a healthier alternative. What I found is going to sound really strange to many of you. Has the thought of putting plain yogurt on your salad ever crossed your mind? Maybe it has to some of you, but it certainly has never crossed my mind.
In fact, I was hesitant and reluctant to substitute plain yogurt for mayonnaise initially, it just sounded very unappetizing. Well, I am glad I gave it a shot. My salad actually turned out way better than I expected!
As weird as it sounds, using plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise is a healthier alternative. You will still get that delicious creamy consistency, but without all of the saturated fat and calories.
For an even healthier salad dressing, I recommend you use fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt.
How To Make This Light Avocado Egg Salad?
READY IN: 10-15 minutes SERVES: 2
- 1 Avocado – peeled, pitted and diced or sliced (get avocado slicer from Amazon)
- 3 Eggs – chopped Hard-Boiled Egg (get egg slicer from Amazon)
- 1/2 cup of halved grape tomatoes or any type of tomato you like
- 1 cup spinach or lettuce or 1/2 cup spinach and 1/2 lettuce – chopped
- 1/2 cup white onion or red onion – chopped or sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded chicken or turkey
- 1 tablespoon or 3 teaspoons organic valley grassmilk plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon or 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt
ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL ADD-INS
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup minced cilantro or parsley
1. Place diced avocado, chopped hard-boiled eggs, diced tomatoes, chopped spinach, chopped white onion, and shredded turkey in a large serving bowl. I personally love turkey, so I use it in this recipe.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of organic grass fed plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to the salad. I personally enjoy the organic valley grassmilk plain yogurt, it has a very rich and creamier taste than other plain yogurts I tired. Feel free to use any plain yogurt you prefer. Toss gently to combine ingredients.
3. Just before serving, toss with the following ingredients:
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt.
- If you like to add some heat to the salad, add ½ teaspoon or more of the red pepper flake. Feel free to add additional optional add-ins for 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.
Enjoy your delicious light avocado egg salad!!
Nutrition Facts and Benefits
- Avocados are high in tripeptide, which is formed when three amino acids are bonded together that breaks down to cysteine after digestion, making avocados a great source of sulfur. In fact, Avocado contains the highest sulfur content among all fruits.
- Avocados are a heart-healthy nutrient-dense food that is high in monounsaturated fats, which is a good fat. It also provides substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with relatively few calories.
- 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.
- Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.
- A single large boiled egg contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc. It also contains folate, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, phosphorus, and selenium.
- One egg has 75 calories, 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids. The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Eggs are great sources of protein and also high in sulfur. The yolks are particularly rich in sulfur and also high in cholesterol. In fact, a single egg contains 187 mg of cholesterol, which is over half of the recommended daily intake.
- Contrary to popular belief, the amount of cholesterol from foods is not a major factor in increasing the cholesterol level in your blood or increasing your risk for cardiovascular disease, even when eating one egg a day. It is the saturated fats that raise blood cholesterol more than dietary cholesterol does.
- Studies have shown that consistent egg consumption leads to elevated levels of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, which is linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.
- According to this study, it states that 70% of the population experiences a mild increase or no alterations in plasma cholesterol concentrations when challenged with high amounts of dietary cholesterol.
- So it’s important to keep in mind that cholesterol from foods doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people. The liver actually produces large amounts of cholesterol every single day. When we eat more eggs, the liver just produces less cholesterol instead, so it evens out.
- Grape tomatoes offer flavor without too many calories. They are low in fat, cholesterol free, sodium free and also a great source of fiber.
- One cup of grape tomatoes only contains only 27 calories, 1.8 grams of fiber, 6 grams of complex carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.
- Grape tomatoes contain lycopene, vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as other vitamins and minerals.
- 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.
- In fact, it is one of the best sources of sulfur. The high sulfur content of 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.
- Spinach is low in fat and cholesterol. It is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
- Spinach is a good source of Vitamin K, which helps to retain calcium in the bone matrix, thereby leading to bone mineralization.
- Spinach is also a rich source of beta-carotene, lutein, and xanthene, all of which are beneficial for eyesight.
- Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon.
- The folate in spinach is good for your heart.
- Spinach has a very high content of potassium and a low content of sodium, which is good for the heart.
- Spinach also helps to maintain your vigorous brain function, memory, and mental clarity.
- Turkey meat is a source of protein, iron, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus. It is also a source of vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body’s energy production.
- Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels. The meat has a low glycemic index which can help keep insulin levels stable.
- Turkey is a source of selenium, which is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism.
- Turkey also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system.
Organic Valley Grassmilk Plain Yogurt
- Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, a critically important nutrient for building and maintaining strong bones.
- It is also an excellent source of protein. The protein in Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt is a combination of whey and casein in the milk.
- Consuming enough protein satisfies your appetite more completely and provides the building blocks for muscle, bones, skin, and blood. In general, it is recommended that 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories come from protein.
- Scientists agree that many health problems are the direct result of our modern diet, which includes too many omega-6 fatty acids and too little omega-3 fatty acids. Human beings evolved eating a diet with an omega-6:omega-3 ratio of about 1:1. However, modern western diets exhibit omega-6:omega-3 ratios ranging between 15:1 to 17:1.
- Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt has high levels of omega-3, which can help bring our bodies closer to the ideal ratio.
- Live active cultures in the yogurt help to promote a healthy community of “microflora” in our digestive systems. Some of these cultures also help to “pre-digest” lactose in milk, making it more digestible for lactose sensitive people.
I hope you enjoyed this post. And if you did, I would greatly appreciate it if you could share this recipe with other people.
I hope you give this avocado egg salad a try. I am sure you are going to be amazed by the taste of yogurt in this salad.
I would love to know how this recipe turns out for you. Simply leave your thoughts, concerns, or questions in the comments below. And I will get back to you.
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