Every day, people are battling against the adverse effects of stress. This is so true especially now that stress has become an inevitable part of our daily routine. Whether you are working in an office or just staying at home, stress will never seem to leave your side. It will always be there ready to hop on you anytime your health goes down. This is the reason why we need to see to it that we are eating the right foods every day to make us stronger against stress and anxiety. Thus, the need to prepare nutritious dishes becomes highly important. To ensure that you get the most essential nutrients in your daily diet, try Pinoy vegetable salads. These salads are healthy, delicious and yet very easy to prepare. Preparing it does not have to mean additional stress on your part. Some of these sumptuous salads include the following:
Radish is anti-congestive, meaning they relieve the congestion in our respiratory system. Eating radishes will help us clear the congestion when we catch colds, or if we have an allergic flare-up, and infections. On the other hand, tomatoes are also proven to produce lycopene, an antioxidant well-known to fight free radicals that cause cancer. Let us try to incorporate Radish-Tomato Salad in our diet and enjoy the many health benefits it provides.
This salad is so easy to prepare. First, roast the tomatoes then let it cool down. Grate the radishes. If the tomato is cool enough, peel the skin and mix it with some chopped onions. Mix 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and ¼ cup of calamansi juice. Add the tomato and grated radish. Mix altogether lightly. It is best to serve this cold.
Eggplant is a high-fiber vegetable. Eating this vegetable has been proven to reduce the risk of any cancerous diseases. It is also good for people who are trying to lose some extra weight. And, since this vegetable is watery it will also help you to have a better skin tone. So, if you look haggard due to the stress and anxiety that surrounds you try to eat the Eggplant salad or “Ensaladang Talong” as Filipino people call it.
First, grill the eggplant until it is blackened. Cool it down for a moment then peel the eggplant skin. Mix, chopped tomatoes, medium sized chili, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, vinegar, salt, lemon, black pepper and onions altogether. Lastly, add your skinned eggplant with the mixed ingredients. You can also serve it together with roasted vegetables or grilled fish.
Pinoy Apple Salad
Apple is good for your health. Some studies reveal that eating apple can slowdown the symptoms of aging and can also prevent you from suffering Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Apple is rich with antioxidants, and is also called as brain food for it contains nutrients that improve cognitive functioning. Thus, your brain becomes more capable of coping with the causes of stress. Now, go ahead and try eating apple with a Pinoy twist.
In preparing Pinoy Apple Salad, the first thing that you are going to do is to mix calamansi juice and evaporated milk together. Add condense milk. Then, cut apples into bite sizes and mix it with celery in a separate tray. Blend the milk mixture together with the apples and celery. Lastly, let it chill before serving your Pinoy apple salad.
Pickled mangoes are very well-known to Filipinos because mango is Philippine’s National Fruit. It tastes good and can be a very good source of vitamins such as A, B and C. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, iron and calcium. Eating pickled mangoes are good for hypertensive people to replenish their energy after any physical and stressful activities they had. Green Mangoes are also proven to be effective in reducing your cholesterol levels. With all these health benefits, guess you already want to know how to make pickled mangoes, right? Here’s how:
First, cut some green mangoes into strips. Throw away the seeds, then place all the mango strips in a glass jar. Add 1 tbsp of salt and water. Pickled mangoes are ready to be served within 3 or 4 days.
Do not let stress and anxiety ruin your good day. Start and end your day in a healthy way. These healthy recipes are undeniably good for you to win your battle against stress.
About the Author: Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now advocates healthy living as the best weapon against anxiety and depression. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.