The 5 Minute, 5 Dollar, Fat Busting Reboot


Written By: Darlene Mars

I love a creative day in the kitchen. There’s something magical about stirring up the perfect stew that makes the house smell good and my body feel great. But, I don’t always have the time to spend hours prepping and cooking my meals and chances are, you feel the same way!

This quick go-to salad can be made in under 5 minutes for under $5. This skinny salad is a delicious and easy way to give your cells a reboot, without feeling starved!

Skinny Salad
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or veggie stock)
  • 1 tsp - Tbs spicy curry powder
  • ¼ - ½ lb of Sunflower Sprouts or greens of choice
  1. Chop half an onion, one tomato and one carrot and sauté in 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil, or clean vegetable stock.
  2. After about 2 minutes of sautéing, add in a good amount (1 tsp to 1 Tbs.) of spicy curry. Turn it down to a low simmer.
  3. Chop ¼ - ½ pound of green sprouts (I like sunflower sprouts). If you don’t have access to fresh sprouts around you, substitute for organic mixed greens, or fresh greens such as mustard greens, romaine lettuce, or chard.
  4. Mash one large avocado into your greens so the avocado coats your leaves.
  5. Top your cold greens with half of your warm spicy curry.
  6. Enjoy!

It’s that simple and soooooooo delicious. The bonus is that it is nutritious and filling too!

Sprouts are a nutritional wonderland. Microgreens are among the most nutritionally advanced foods you can consume, with 100 times more digestive enzymes than your average greens! Low on calories and high on phytonutrients, sprouts feed your cells and fuel your entire body.

If you don’t like spicy foods, go for mild heat in your curry blends. Spicy foods are typically metabolic stimulators and appetite suppressants, so getting used to the heat can be a good thing for your waistline.

Avoid curry blends with salt if you are looking for a cleaner lunch. And you can always add brown rice or quinoa to this salad for a day of sustainable energy (great as a post-workout meal).

Curry’s are great because of their digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also wonderful for cellular care and repair. Here is a simple recipe to make your own curry mix:

  • 2 teaspoons of each: ground cumin, turmeric, and nutmeg
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of cayenne

Just keep your homemade curry in an airtight glass container and use it on your veggies, grains and proteins.  

Stir up something healthy today!


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Darlene Mars

Writer and Health Advocate at Harmony House Yoga
Writer and health advocate for over 20 years, Darlene Mars opened Harmony House Yoga in Cooper City, FL in 2001. She is recognized as a yoga teacher and as a bodyworker as well as a host for regular interactive lectures on holistic wellness. She is a personal life coach and mentor as she motivates others toward living their most awakened life.

Trained in raw food prep, Darlene enjoys creating and sharing healthy food, is an avid runner, reader, philosopher, tree hugger and zesty lifer. She resides in Davie, Florida.
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