Pomegranates are beautiful, small, red seeds perfect for dressing up a salad for Christmas. I recently learned a trick to getting those precious seeds out of their rind. Slice off the two ends. Use a knife to score the rind where it seems to indent. Use a deep bowl and fill it halfway with water. Break up the pomegranates in the water. The seeds will drop to the bottom and the rind will float 🙂 So easy! First, scoop out the floating rind and then drain the water through a colander to get the seeds.
The cruciferous family of vegetables have detoxification nutrients that will help free your body of those cancer-causing free radicals. Arugula is in this family, as well as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Fill your salad bowl with arugula. Add sliced red cabbage. Chop up broccoli and cauliflower into small pieces and add to salad. Add some sliced red onions for flavor. Top with pomegranates, sprouted wheat berries or walnuts, tomatoes and avocado slices. Toss the salad in a miso-based salad dressing (found at Whole Foods) or use the lemon tahini dressing on my nutritarian page.
Eating a plant-based diet is kind to the earth and her animals. Meat processing plants are torturous and would make most children sit down and weep. One of the surprising things about a plant-based diet is that the food is absolutely delicious. I don’t miss eating meat at all. Our bodies are made for eating plants; not meat. Although I love fish and will eat some meat if served it as a guest, eating meat two and three times a day is not good for us and has only become a habit for modern man because of the meat processing plants. Along with this new habit comes high blood pressure, heart disease, and a steep rise in the incidents of cancer. More and more studies are finding that the way to health is through fruits and vegetables.
God has given us dominion over the earth and we have abused her in a riotous frenzy for meat and chicken. How absurd is that? Eating a plant-based diet is a way to protect our earth, its animals, and our own health. Our bodies are temples of the Lord and though diet is not a path to God, it is a path that produces a kind and gentle use of the earth. In your New Year’s resolutions, I hope you will add a commitment towards becoming a plant-based lover of God’s earth and your own body.