Celebrate springtime and the freshness of the new season with these fresh, tantalizing salad recipes. Each recipe is designed to be simply delectable, while also containing powerful anti-aging nutrients that will slow the aging process, help you to feel and look more youthful, and even enhance immunity bite by crunchy bite!
Why Anti-Aging Salads Matter to Your Immunity
Your thymus gland naturally creates thymic proteins. Levels of these proteins peak when you’re young, but start to decrease over time after puberty.
Once you’re in your 60s or older, your thymus gland may have ceased working completely.
Without these proteins, the T-cells in your immune system become less skilled at spotting an infection and eliminating disease.
This may be one of several reasons why older adults have weaker immune systems.
To combat this decrease, do two things:
- Take BioProPlus-500, a 100% natural supplement that contains thymic proteins
- Eat a healthy anti-aging diet, including at least one of the following anti-aging salads every day.
1. Wrinkle-Fighting Watercress Salad
Forget boring, traditional lettuce and take your anti-aging salads up a notch with watercress. This leafy green is very hydrating for your skin, helping to minimize fine lines. It’s also incredibly dense in nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, potassium and so much more. Research has found that watercress may boost the circulation of minerals in your body, which may help to fight aging and also strengthen immunity.
1 cucumber, sliced
1 1/2 cups watercress leaves
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp cold water
3 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
Coarse kosher salt
Mix the greens and let them rest for five minutes. While the greens are resting, combine the rest of the ingredients (other than the salt and dill) and drizzle over the greens. Season with the coarse salt and the dill to taste, and enjoy!
2. Age-Reducing Avocado Salad
Avocados are a rich source of healthy fatty acids.
These fatty acids support the production of your immune system’s cells.
They also reduce inflammation, which can help to minimize skin redness, and hydrate your body from the inside out for a smoother, more youthful complexion.
Plus, the avocado in these anti-aging salads is high in vitamin A, which boosts skin health and protects against illness.
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsps lemon juice (ideally fresh juice)
1/4 tsp. cumin
Coarse salt and pepper
3 avocados, cubed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small cucumber, sliced
1/3 c. corn kernels
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
In a small bowl, combine the juice, oil and cumin, plus a pinch of salt and pepper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, then toss with the dressing you just created.
3. Body-Boosting Beet Salad
A crimson, juicy beet is high in nitrates, which your body converts into nitric oxide. This oxide has unparalleled health perks. For instance, it may improve blood pressure and circulation, which strengthens your immune system’s ability to send white blood cells to the source of an infection. Plus, enhanced circulation delivers more nutrients to your skin surface, so you get a glow-up and healthier, more supple skin.
4 medium beets, scrubbed (with skin on) and cut in halves
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsp maple syrup
10 oz mixed baby salad greens
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
Boil the beets for 20 minutes or until they are tender (test by poking with a fork). Drain them, let them cool to room temperature and dice them.
While you’re waiting for the beets to cool, combine the walnuts and maple syrup in a sauce pan and toast for a few minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool, too.
Combine the juice, vinegar and oil, then plate your greens. Sprinkle with a handful of beets and walnuts, then drizzle with dressing.