Happy New Year!
Serve this tasty immune-boosting salad to your horse and give him a great nutritional start to the new year. ~ Dr. Cassie
Use organic ingredients as much as possible:
1 handful of Romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1 handful of parsley, chopped
2 Kale leaves, chopped
1/2 of a medium sweet potato, baked, cooled, sliced
1/2 medium carrot, sliced
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Toss all ingredients together and serve immediately. Makes one generous serving. Can be served alone or along with your favorite mash.
For horses who are Insulin Resistant: swap out the carrot and sweet potato for turnip to reduce sugar content but retain fiber and vitamin/minerals.
Ingredients We Want to Understand:
Romaine Lettuce – contains many of the B vitamins. B vitamins help to combat stress that cold weather may create.
Parsley – rich in vitamins A and C, both of which are needed for a strong immune response.
Kale – a magnesium-rich, dark leafy green that works with other minerals in the body’s immune response.
Sweet Potato – high fiber, vitamin C-rich food.
Carrot – contain anti-oxidants that can protect cells.
Chia – an easily digested source of protein that also has a high zinc content. Zinc is a primary mineral needed by the immune system.
Hemp Seeds – rich in essential fatty acids (Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9). EFA’s are known to regulate the immune response.
Pumpkin Seeds – contain compounds called phytosterols that boost immune function.