Peel and add the leaves of brussel sprouts and you're adding a crunch of Vitamin C, a boost of fiber and 20 essential vitamins and minerals.
Cut up an avocado and you're adding a "superfood" high in lutein, a carotenoid that helps protect against eye disease. Plus of host of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and oleic acid, a good fat that helps you feel full - which is definitely a plus when you're looking at a salad for lunch. You want it to taste great and satisfy!
Add pumpkin seeds and you've got the most nutritious part of pumpkin, high in the mineral magnesium (which is important in carbohydrate metabolism - people with Type 2 Diabetes are often found to have low levels of magnesium. - http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/)
5 Shades of Green Salad
(1) Brussel Sprouts, leaves peeled
(2) Avocado, chunks
(3) Pumpkin Seeds, toasted
(4) Mixed lettuce leaves
(5) Lime, juice and zest of 1/2
Olive oil, balsamic vinegar
Separate the leaves of 6-8 brussels sprouts. Toss with chunks of 1/2 an avocado and some mixed lettuce leaves. Toast pumpkin seeds on a stovetop pan for a few minutes, until they begin to pop.
PS - The title was supposed to reference 40 shades of green, not 50 shades of something else! But, whatever gets you reading on a Monday!