Saturday, April 27, 2013

Plum, beet, chard salad

Plum, beet, chard salad

Blue skies, no wind and temps in the 70s---spring has finally arrived in my neck of the woods. As if the beautiful weather weren't enough, I have another reason for celebrating. My creaky, old fibromyalgia body feels a whole lot better.

If you follow this blog, you probably know I have been battling fibromyalgia that encompasses many symptoms, including:
  • Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness
  • Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
  • Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
  • Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks ("fibro fog")
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome).
There are many things that have contributed to my improvement but I'm going to give a lot of credit to an exercise program, called Classical Stretch, which is on PBS, early in the a.m. Also known as Essentrics, the low-impact program really revitalizes the body, increases energy, frees the joints and relieves chronic pain. I exercise all the time (yoga, strength training, biking, walking) but this program strengthens and stretches the entire body at the same time, unlike anything I've ever done before. I have reduced my hip and back pain since starting the program about one month ago.  Check it out at

Chard salad with dark plums and golden beets
How about some good food to celebrate spring and less pain? I tossed together some rainbow chard, dark plums and golden beets in a delicious, healthy and ACD-friendly salad, good for phase 1 or 2.
I love dark plums and golden beets, and they pair perfectly with chard.

Here's what you need for one serving:

Half a bunch of rainbow or other chard
1 golden or red beet
1 carrot, shredded
1 dark plum, diced
Olive oil, lemon juice dressing
Optional: Add toasted sunflower seeds or almonds

Here's what you do:

Wash all your veggies. Peel your beet. Chop the beet into bite-sized pieces. Toss into a steamer basket and cook until tender. Chop the chard into bite-sized pieces.(Note: I decided to saute the chard lightly but raw will work just as well.) Shred a peeled carrot. Dice the plum into small pieces. For the dressing, combine the juice of a lemon with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, and herbs de provence, to taste. Toss everything together and enjoy!

"I'm guilty as charged. I ripped open the box but I was looking for chard."

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

Mmmm, what a simply delightful salad. Love the sweet combination of beet, carrot, and PLUM! Wow factor!!

Sheree Welshimer said...

Thank you! I have enjoyed this salad more than once this past week because you are right. The plum, beet and carrot combo is perfect!