Thursday, October 25, 2012

CARROT AND CHICKPEA SALAD

I think we all get a rise out of looking at pictures of all that calorific food porn out there but when it comes to eating some of those sweet creations, I know I can feel a little very guilty afterwards. I also find myself having too much of a good time on the sweet treat merry-go-round - just one ride is not enough. Once I start inviting treats into my diet, they have way of becoming a staple in my daily menu and before I know it, I've gained a couple of terribly unwanted kilograms!

As good as it feels letting junk food pass our lips, nothing feels as good as eating healthily. There's no beating ourselves up afterwards - no feeling like a failure or a piglet and, along with our mind, our bodies thank us for it too.

One of my favourite summer salads is this ever-so-simple carrot and chickpea salad. It's simple, natural and doesn't rely on sugary, calorie-laden dressings to give it taste. To serve 2 as a main or 4 as a side dish, you'll need:

3-4 large carrots, peeled, grated
1 tin of chickpeas, rinsed drain and peeled (to peel, simply squeeze one end of the chickpea and the inside will pop out easily from the skin)
1 lemon juiced
1-2 teaspoons of cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 handful of coriander (cilantro) roughly chopped

Squeeze out any excess juice from the shredded carrot and simply add the rest of the ingredients in no particular order. 





Look at how colourful the ingredients are! All you need to do is mix thoroughly and it's ready to serve.


Easy, guilt-free and full of nutrients that your body needs for good health and warding off disease! 

...What dish makes you feel super healthy?

3 comments:

  1. What a great & simple sounding salad. I know what you mean about letting snacks/treats become part of the everyday routine...Miss Piggy is porky!

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    1. Haha! I used to find myself in a predicament after dinner each night as I used to share a really heavy and calorie-dense brownie with my partner in front of the telly. Sometimes we'd even have one each. It was soooooo tough giving it up. Even if I had PJ's on, I'd get changed and want to walk up to the shop for one. It even progressed to brownie AND coffee so bed time got later and later! So glad I finally kicked that habit!

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  2. Awesome salad - carrot is such an unappreciated veggie but I love it.
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

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