Keeping track of your five-a-day, macronutrients, trans- vs. unsaturated fats, and every other dietary buzzword can distract you from what’s important; eating healthily and happily. Every year there are endless new diets that unfairly praise or demonize a particular food or food group, and promise unrealistic health goals. This endless background noise can be confusing and frustrating, particularly if you’re not sure where to turn. Micronutrients could be the answer.
As Sally May Tan, Author, speaker, and Wellness Whisperer, explores in this article, life doesn’t have to be so complicated. Through her own experiences sorting through diet fads and fiction, she has come to a conclusion that will please many long-suffering dieters; “There is no need to eliminate any of the major food groups to get to the body and state of health we want. Instead, we need to discern the good ones from the bad.”
In her article, she shifts attention away from the often over-emphasized macronutrients (fats, protein, and carbohydrates) to the lesser-acknowledged micronutrients. These micronutrients are the vitamins, minerals, phyto–chemicals, and antioxidants that are vital to our body’s optimal functioning and repair. She explores their importance, and the ‘hidden hunger’ that comes from being deficient in them.
Micronutrients are the nutrients needed in small quantities to aid the body in a range of physiological functions. They are not produced in the body and therefore you must be acquire them through your. Some examples of micronutrients are Calcium, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, and Zinc.The recipe below comes from Sally May Tan’s personal collection and is a micronutrient-dense salad that tastes great. With seven simple ingredients and just three easy steps to prep, this is our new go-to healthy salad recipe. Find out more about the micronutrients that drive our bodies, and read the full article from Sally May Tan in Wholly Natural Issue #7.
A crunchily sweet salad, dressing... not required. Serves up to 4 people as a side dish, or is just perfect for 2 as a main meal.
1 medium-sized mango (cube the flesh)Himalayan salt, and black pepper to taste.
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