Summary: Nowadays, it is no secret that there are plenty of delicious dairy-free milk alternatives for anyone following a vegan diet, with a milk allergy, or just wanting to reduce their intake of animal milk.
Brazil Nuts are among my favourite things to make vegan milk out of, as the result is creamy and slightly sweet. Also, Brazil Nuts are one of the only few good sources of the mineral Selenium, so including them regularly in your diet will make sure that you keep your Selenium levels high. I like to add superfoods to my nutmilks, so in this one I add vitamin C rich camu camu. Camu camu is the red - purple berry from a shrub tree that grows in the Amazonian forest in Brazil and Peru. Camu camu has the highest vitamin C content of all plants, 2% to 3 % of its fresh weight is Vitamin C. You can leave out the sweetener, especially if you are going to have the Brazil Nut milk with something that is already sweet. Lecithin acts as an emulsifier, plus it helps the body break the fats down properly, so I always add lecithin to my nut milks. But feel free to leave it out if you don't have any, as it is not absolutely necessary.
Summary: This salad is really super quick and easy to make, and yet very sustaining. Quinoa and Avocados are traditional foods in Peru ; they go really well together and are both highly nutritious. Quinoa is high in fibre and in excellent quality protein. Avocados are amongst the best foods on the planet, thanks to their high content in healthy fats, fats that heal. Spinach is really high in good quality protein too and because it has a balanced amino-acid profile, it improves the protein profile of any meal.
This really is a super salad !
Please feel free to add other Spring favourites like blanched broad beans or sliced raw radishes, or substitute lamb's lettuce for the baby spinach.
It takes only 5 extra minutes to make the quinoa crunchies, and they are well worth it. Make them right before serving the salad for a lovely temperature and texture contrast.
Serves 1 hungry person as a main, or 2 normal people as a starter.