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What I eat: Giant Salad!

Another meal that I eat 1-2x per week is a giant (delicious!) salad.


What’s in it? Approximately 1 pound of romaine lettuce, 1 pint of cherry tomates, 6-8 ounces of purple cabbage, ~3 ounces of pickles, and occasionally, 2-4 ounces of corn.  To top it off, I make a spicy-sesame dressing that includes 1 jalapeno, ~1 ounce of lemon juice, ~1 ounce of sesame seeds, 2-4 grams of ground cumin seed, ~10 grams of raw garlic, and 4-6 oz. of water. I then blend the dressing ingredients and add it to the salad!

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How about nutrition? For 528 calories, it’s a nutritional All-Star for many things, including protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and many other nutritents.

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7/2017 Update: To increase my folate intake from my usual 1200 mcg to ~1500 mcg/day, I’ve increased the romaine lettuce component of the salad to ~20 oz. Also, I’ve added a small habanero in addition to the jalapeno/fresno pepper for more spice. Still yum!

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Sesame Seeds are a Great Source of Calcium (with Recipe!)

Dietary calcium is easily obtained from dairy, green leafy vegetables (i.e. kale) or, nuts/seeds (chia, amonds). What about other sources?

Do you know that unhulled sesame seeds are a great source of calcium? One ounce of sesame seeds has 270 mg calcium…But, sesame seeds are important for other reasons, too. Supplementation of sesamin, as extracted from sesame seeds has been shown to increase lifespan (Zuo et al. 2013). In humans, dietary sesamin has been shown to reduce blood pressure (Miyawaki et al. 2009) and, LDL and total cholesterol (Hirata et al. 1996). So, sesame seeds appear to be a functional food for those interested in optimal health!

Here’s my recipe for a delicious tahini salad!

Mike’s Tahini Salad


16 oz romaine lettuce

12 oz cherry tomatoes

9 oz purple cabbage

3 oz sweet yellow corn

3 oz pickles



1 oz sesame seeds

3 garlic cloves

1-2 medium sized jalapenos

Half a lemon

1 teaspoon, cumin

Put all ingredients for the Tahini in the blender. Add ~5 ounces water, or more, based on your desired consistency.

Mix all the vegetables and Tahini together…Eat and enjoy!

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Calcium in Sesame seeds determined via http://ndb.nal.usda.gov

Hirata F, Fujita K, Ishikura Y, Hosoda K, Ishikawa T, Nakamura H. Hypocholesterolemic effect of sesame lignan in humans. Atherosclerosis.1996;122(1):135–36.

Miyawaki T, Aono H, Toyoda-Ono Y, Maeda H, Kiso Y, Moriyama K. Antihypertensive effects of sesamin in humans. Journal of Nutritional Science & Vitaminology. 2009;55(1):87–91.

Zuo Y, Peng C, Liang Y, Ma KY, Chan HY, Huang Y, Chen ZY. Sesamin extends the mean lifespan of fruit flies. Biogerontology. 2013 Apr;14(2):107-19.