De-Bloating Fibre-Rich Salad

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This salad contains ingredients to help beat the bloat! Cucumbers are 95% water and works to hydrate the body and reduce excess water weight.  Tomatoes improve your body’s energy production by supplying a bounty of biotin and help maintain bone health by serving as a source of vitamin K.  Parsley is high in chlorophyll, and is used as a blood purifier and a natural diuretic.  Its ability to rid the body of excess water and toxins makes it a Fat Flushing star! Mint adds nice flavour and is high in antioxidants that can prevent allergies.  Chickpeas are high in fibre which keeps the bowels moving while providing important b-vitamins to boost metabolism.
Ingredients
Makes 6 servings

Salad
3 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped, or 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lb. cucumbers, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
2 baby romaine lettuces, or 1 small head romaine lettuce, trimmed, cut crosswise into 3/4-in strips
2 cups (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup goat cheese (optional)

Dressing
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. pomegranate juice (optional)
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp dried mint
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt

Salad Directions
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Add 3/4 of dressing; toss to coat, adding more dressing by tablespoonfuls as needed.

Dressing Directions
Combine juices, garlic, vinegar, and dried mint in a small bowl. Whisk in only slowly until well blended.

Author: vickinutritionist

As a graduate with honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Vicki is a Registered Nutrition Consultant Practitioner, also holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto. Before founding Health by Nutrition™, Vicki worked as manager and principal nutritionist at Canada's largest weight management and nutrition centre. During her tenure, she helped hundreds of clients lose weight and reach their health goals. Her experience and extensive training in weight management and holistic nutrition makes her an exceptional coach to become your partner in success. Vicki is a professional member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners.

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