Spoon up spinach to power up positivity! This leafy dark green is bursting with folic acid, and folks with the highest levels of this B vitamin are the least likely to suffer depression according to Tufts University researchers. Folic acid is crucial for the transportation of feel-good neurotransmitters throughout the brain. A lack of it can lead to low levels of the chemical S-adenosylmethionine which breaks down theses hormones in your body. Enjoy with citrus water (squeeze a lemon or orange and add to water to). Red pears add color, but any type of pear is fine. (Gold Standard of Thin sells for $.99 for Amazon Kindle).
|2 Tbsp red wine vinegar|
|2 Tbsp water|
|2 Tbsp olive oil|
|2 tsp mustard, coarse, ground|
|2 tsp pancake syrup, maple-flavored suggested|
|2 tsp uncooked shallot(s), minced|
|1/4 tsp table salt|
|1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground|
|6 oz fresh spinach, fresh, baby leaves (about 8 cups)|
|1 large pear(s), red, ripe, cored, thinly sliced into 12 pieces*|
|6 Tbsp chopped almonds, unsalted, dry-roasted**|
|1/4 cup(s) dried cranberries|
- In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, water, oil, mustard, syrup, shallots, salt and pepper until blended; pour 1/4 cup of dressing into a large bowl. Add spinach and toss until coated.
- Arrange 2 cups of dressed spinach on each of 4 salad plates. Top each with 3 pear slices and then sprinkle each with 1 1/2 tablespoons of almonds and 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries. Drizzle each salad with about 1 tablespoon of remaining dressing and serve. Yields 1 salad per serving.