Get Glowing With This Fresh, Alkalizing Spinach Salad

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I love a good clean-eating cleanse just as much as the next health nut, but, some of the time, my schedule doesn’t allow for sticking to any strict, regimented plans. But, like clockwork, at the end of each weekend I find myself craving some type of "cleanse." I’ve discovered that doesn’t have to mean drinking only fruit juice for five days straight. When my body feels like it needs a reboot, I turn to this recipe that I whip up for lunch. I make this meal for as many days as it feels necessary — until I feel energized and cleansed of impurities.
Take a peek below for my favorite salad recipe that taste delicious and do a body good, too. And don’t miss my clean-eating snacks and drinks either (coming soon!). Get ready to get glowing!
Spinach is reported to be the most alkalizing food there is, which means it balances the pH levels of your body and gives you more energy (WebMD). Spinach is a powerful antioxidant and full of some of the richest vitamins and nutrients you can put into your body. This salad full of colorful veggies will help your body to feel energized throughout the day because it is free of processed foods and animal products. Taking a break from eating meat, dairy and other animal products speeds up digestion. You can’t go wrong eating up as much of this spinach salad at lunch. And, the best part about it is that every single veggie in the ingredients made it on the list of top 10 alkalizing foods. Here’s how to make it:
2 cups raw spinach leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 cloves of raw garlic, minced
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup raw red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 avocado
5 slices raw cucumber
In a medium sized bowl, add spinach, carrots, and red bell pepper.
In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture over salad.
Top with avocado and cucumber slices.

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