Recipe: Nutty Carrot and Broccoli Salad

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The temperature is struggling to climb above zero. The wind is howling.  The fat raindrops plummeting from the sky verge on turning into ice pellets as they fall.  And despite it all, you want salad.

Sometimes there’s no accounting for what our bodies crave and when they’re craving nutrient dense foods, it’s best to simply give in, no matter how zany the craving. Actually, I’ll be the first to admit that I have a bad habit of answering the “bad” cravings too, especially the ones centring around cake…

Anyway, my point is that when your body is saying “some of this please” about fruits, veggies, even protein and carbs, it’s worth listening. You won’t often be steered wrongly when your body says it needs something nutritious.  If you aren’t sure whether it’s your body saying “I need this” or your head saying “You want this”, try this little trick; have a big glass of water and wait twenty minutes.  Still want that salad, apple, glass of orange juice as much as before?  Go for it!  Odds are however, that if it’s your head talking rather than your body, the craving will pass or will at least ease.

This recipe is a great one for when you’re staring out the window at the wintry weather and you start craving a crunchy salad. It really ticks all the boxes, the brightly coloured broccoli and carrots, the salty peanuts and the tangy mustard.  The best part is, this salad can be customised in so many ways and always be great.  Replace the carrots or broccoli with Romanesco cauliflower, the peanuts with hazelnuts or oily macadamias, add fresh, chopped coriander for a bright kick or fresh parsley to pack in extra vitamin C.  Mix honey into the wholegrain mustard or leave out the mustard completely, it’s as flexible as you want it to be.  Do keep in mind any changes or additions you make when accounting for calories!

Nutty Broccoli Carrot Salad

Time: 5-10 minutes prep and 30 minutes chilling time

Makes five servings at approximately 96 calories per serving

You will need:

  • 2 cups raw broccoli florets (if you find raw broccoli a bit tough, steam it gently for 3 to 5 minutes, just enough to soften it)
  • 1 whole carrot, chopped, shredded or sliced, as per your preference
  • ½ c salted peanuts
  • ½ Tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 Tbsp light mayo

Method:

  1. Mix the mustard into the mayonnaise and set aside.
  2. Combined the vegetables and nuts into a bowl, then stir in the mustard and mayo.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating, then enjoy! It’s that easy!
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