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Asparagus, Green Bean, and Lemon Zest Salad

Kidney tonifying asparagus and beans, team up in this satisfying salad that’s as delicious as it is healthy.

I came across this delicious recipe not too long ago and just had to share. Not only is it beneficial for your kidneys but is also really tasty. Both asparagus and green bean are renowned for their kidney healing benefits within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Check it out below. Serve it up for your next family meal, or when you are next entertaining guests. It really is that versatile.

Enjoy!

Cooking & preparation time: 20mins

Kidney Recipe - Asparagus and Green Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 225g (½ pound) green (string) beans
  • 340g (¾ pound) asparagus, trimmed off ends
  • ½ an onion, preferably red
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup parsley, flat-leaf parsley preferred
  • 2 tomatoes thinly sliced lengthwise
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup basil
  • ¼ cup grated hard cheese (e.g. Parmigiano-Reggiano/Parmesan)
  • 1 clove garlic, removed from skin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Top 11 Superfoods List – To Supercharge Your Meals At Home

Wouldn’t you love to access your fridge at home, like a mechanic accesses his toolbox, to heal yourself as he would ‘heal’ his car? Sounds impossible right? Well it’s not.

Through today’s research a lot of the old anecdotes are now confirmed if not exceeded in their validity.  We all heard the sayings “Eat your vegetables they will make grow big and strong” or even “It’ll put hair on your chest!”  (Though that latter one I still have my doubts on).

Through scientific research they have confirmed certain foods are in fact higher, pound for pound, in their nutritional and phytochemical content, thus making them ‘SuperFoods’ (or foods that give you more bang for your buck).

What are phytochemicals? Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds that plants produce to protect themselves (against bacteria, viruses and fungi), improve their structure or even act as chemical messengers within the plant. Once eaten by humans however, they (phytochemicals) take on a new role turning into some of the most potent health enhancing substances known to man.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
(Hippocrates –AKA: ‘the father of medicine’ 460BC – 370BC)

So where to start and what are the best Superfoods?
In the media there seems to be more and more foods being labelled ‘SuperFoods’ in a bid to cash in on this new catch term, unfortunately this is causing confusion within the public. So I have selected my best of the best, to get you kicked started quickly to optimum wellness. To begin your journey to optimum wellness it only takes one serve a day from the selection of SuperFoods below. Add more if you desire, though rotation is the key.

So here is my magnificent 11 superfoods list: