mexican lettuce cups
It's been consistently blue skies, sunny and in the high 70's for the last week so in my book it's officially summer. I find myself eating more and more raw foods as the summer goes on as it's what my body is craving the most. Sure, I love to snack on watermelon and kale salads but sometimes a girl just wants a taco. Well, you're in luck because I've taken Mexican flavors, the concept of eating with your hands and delicious raw veggies to make a dish that's as colorful as it is refreshing.
There are so many ingredients with epic health benefits in this recipe so let's break it down one by one...
B L A C K B E A N S
These little beans pack a lot of power. They're full of protein and fiber so they are a dream for your digestive system. Not only do these magical beans make you feel fuller for longer, they help move everything smoothly and efficiently out of your system. Uh, yes please.
C O R N
Did you know that raw corn is just as delicious, if not more, than grilled? Just cut it right off the cob and enjoy the abundantl of necessary minerals like...
- magnesium: boosts your energy while simultaneously relieving stress and tension
- manganese: keeps your bones strong and healthy
- iron: this is a big one as it's the main component in hemoglobin, the fundamental ingredient in red blood cells that transport oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. As you can imagine, this is essential in having your body working correctly.
- copper: helps the body absorb iron! Also, it helps keep your immune system in check
- zinc: slows the aging process by kicking free radicals to the curb
R E D P E P P E R
These sweet peppers have more vitamin C than most citrus fruits! They're also full of beta-carotene which is an excellent
G R E E N P E P P E R
Add this veggie to your dishes to keep your eyes strong and healthy as you get older. These babies will even reduce the risk of eye related diseases. Your sight is one of those things that you take for granted until you have a problem with it- make sure you take advantage of this simple and inexpensive regimen!
R E D O N I O N
This vegetable is such a wonderful flavor enhancer in any savory dish but it is also known for reducing bad cholesterol in the body which will keep your heart healthy.
L I M E
I love me some lime. Especially since learning that it makes your skin glow and reduces your body odor.
O L I V E O I L
This good fat helps you live longer, but more importantly, it will help you to grow a strong and shiny mane ;) You can also use olive oil as an after shower treatment on you skin.
W H I T E W I N E V I N E G A R
Ok get this, research shows that consuming white wine vinegar can help prevent some types of tumor growth and even keep tumors from forming in the first place. This is because of the vinegar's high amounts of the antioxidant, polyphenol. I mean, wow. just wow.
M I N T
Mint leaves add so much freshness to this dish. I absolutely adore the combination of lime and mint.
R O M A I N E
Getting in more greens will always make you feel better and more nourished. Romaine lettuce contains heaps of potassium which helps to keep your muscles strong and your metabolism pumping.
C I L A N T R O
One of my favorite aspects of cilantro is that it acts like a magnet in the body, attracting heavy metals and forcing them out. Heavy metals can accumulate over time and cause heart disease, birth defects, thyroid problems and auto immune diseases.
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 can of black beans
2 ears of corn
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1/2 red onion
1/2 cup of lime
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
3 mint leaves, chopped
Whole romaine lettuce leaves
a sprinkling of cilantro
a dash of salt
R E C I P E
-Rinse and drain the beans
-Wash the romaine and set the individual leaves on a towel to dry
-Remove the corn husk and slice the bottom of the corn off to create a flat surface. Hold the corn vertical on the flat side and shave off the kernels with a sharp knife
-Dice the peppers and onion into small pieces
-Add the beans, corn, pepper and onions in a large bowl and mix together
-In a separate bowl, whisk the lime, olive oil, white wine vinegar, mint leaves and a dash of salt. Once mixed well, stir in with the beans and veggies
-Spoon the mixture into the fold of the romaine leaves
-Sprinkle roughly chopped cilantro on top