The holiday season is now officially over, and with it the delicious food attacks that have been threatening my new fitness goals. It was hard, but I’ve been doing my best to keep active and avoid overindulgence. As a result, the scale says I even lost a pound… although a new problem has appeared now: bloating!
Every night, my belly seems noticeably bigger than it was that same morning, and the next day it seems to get small during the night again – just to grow back during the day. As with everything else these days, it seems this is all about menopause: the crazy hormones mess with digestion and create gas (ugh, I know) and also cause fluid retention.
So of course I went right back to my kitchen lab to figure out how to get rid of all that water weight. I am proud to announce that I’ve found a dandelion salad that can help! It’s low in sodium – which is often enough help by itself – but also dandelion is rich in nutrients and a gentle diuretic, so after a couple of days of serving this salad alongside dinner I was already less puffy.
- ½ pound of dandelion greens
- 1 tomato, chopped
- ½ white onion, chopped
- ¼ tablespoon dried basil
- ½ radish, thinly sliced
- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Toss together the dandelion greens, tomatoes, onion, radish, and bell pepper slices in a medium bowl.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil. Toss thoroughly!
One of the most underrated advantages of salads is how quickly they can be ready. This salad in particular is fresh and crunchy, but since it doesn’t have any special strong flavors, it can be used as a side with anything… or even as a topping for scrambled eggs. While it will only take a couple of days for it to fix the bloating, it’s also full of vitamins. Enjoy whenever you can!