Pear & Watermelon Summer Salad

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I have been eating Paleo for the last two days and my blood sugar has been doing AMAZING! I haven’t had this kind of control, even when eating things like fruit (which contain simpler sugars that show up in the blood stream quickly, causing spikes in sugar levels), in ages! If you read my last couple Weekly Wrap-Ups, you’ll remember I mentioned trying to add more healthy, more natural food to my diet. I’ve decided to stop eating grains, most dairy (except cheese–can’t give that up!), and I’ve been buying (mostly) all organic.

Normally when I try to eat healthy I find myself not only feeling perpetually hungry and unsatisfied but also as if my body chemistry was just…off. An uncomfortable and persistent sense of malaise. But I think I’m finally doing something right now, because for the first time in a long time, I actually feel great eating the food I should be eating.

The other day, my mom (who is visiting) made a fantastic spinach & watermelon summer salad that I HAVE to share with you. I am not much of a salad person, so I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways of making salads taste different and interesting (see my posts on preserved lemons and spiced nuts). This salad my mom made? Success all around!

WHY I LOVE THIS SALAD

  • It’s simple. Just 5 ingredients. Takes no time to throw together, and there isn’t tons of chop chop chopping involved.
  • It’s interests my taste buds. I can’t stand salads that are just lettuce, tomato, carrot, blah blah blah BORING.
  • It’s light and fresh. Tastes like summer in a bowl!

THE RECIPE

In a bowl, combine:

  • Fresh organic spinach {washed and spun}
  • Watermelon, cubed
  • Pear, diced
  • Goat’s cheese
  • A Pinch of coarse sea salt or kosher salt

You don’t even need a dressing since the watermelon and pears are so juicy!

If you’re a type 1 diabetic yourself, I strongly recommend measuring out the watermelon and pears using a nutritional scale (I use this one and I love it) so you know exactly how many grams of carbohydrates you’re consuming. From there, I’ve found that if I take insulin 10-15 minutes prior to eating anything that contains natural, simpler sugars {like fruit}, that is enough time for the insulin to be “active” in my blood stream by the time the sugars make their way there. I used to swing up wildly {up to 250 mg/dL} after eating fruit, and that hasn’t happened once since I started doing this.

Pear & Watermelon Summer Salad | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This summer salad is made with spinach, fresh watermelon, pears and goat cheese. It's simple and sure to delight!

Do you have any creative summer salad recipes you would like to share? I am totally looking for some to try! Feel free to leave a link to your recipe in a comment below, or just leave some love if you enjoyed the post :) Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love,
Gabby