I worked in retail for so long that I tend to ignore the holiday decorations and music, gliding oblivious to the fact that the end of the year is approaching. To me, the holiday season starts the moment all the home made treats appear on the break-room tables across America. New recipes get tested, excess sweet treats get recycled, sugary gifts get re-gifted...you name it; temptation lurks around the corner. Unless you are made out of stone, you will succumb. When I do, I always tell myself what I imagine Iyanla Vanzant would tell me: ' Beloved - I love when she says that- you must first forgive yourself, don't blame the sweets, don't blame yourself, ask instead what can you do to bring the caring and wellness that you deserve back into your life?' Nothing serves me better than a nutritious, light and fresh lunch. Below is one of my favorite cleansing salads. The crunchy apples and watery cucumbers always taste heavenly during this time of the year. Enjoy.
This is what you need
1 Apple- cored and diced. I tend to use green apples, but you can try your favorite kind.
1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped with seeds removed
1/4 small red onion, diced
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
sea salt and fresh pepper
Sometimes I add a little mint or any other fresh herb I may have at hand. A little bit goes a long way with these simple ingredients.
This is what you do
In a bowl, toss all ingredients together and serve! I love any recipe this easy. I promise the flavor of this small lunch will be so big you will be satisfied till snack time.