Simple Spring Greens with a Citrus Tahini Dressing (& some tips on dealing with anxiety)

Sometimes you just need something super simple that comes together quickly and has all the feelings of the current season. This is one of those situations. I love spring greens and right now there is an abundance of them in all the stores, which makes them cheap and affordable.

I had quite an anxiety fuelled evening yesterday. It left me feeling depleted and upset. After having a good day I went to a yoga class and lasted all of 3 minutes in the room. The class hadn’t even begun when the feeling of unease, adrenaline and panic started to flood through my whole body. I knew this wasn’t one of the episodes I could talk and breathe myself through. I needed to get out of the room as fast I could. Having anxiety rule your life day-to-day isn’t easy. You begin to feel like a completely different person. Someone who is flaky, has zero confidence in doing even the simplest of things like leaving the house, making almost if not all decisions out of fear.

Being able to do simple things that ground you, make you feel more like yourself and that give a bit of control is important. It can be as simple as taking yourself away from a situation that’s making you feel uneasy and doing one or a few of these things;

  • getting fresh air, this will almost always help alleviate at least some of your negativity and nasty physical symptoms.
  • deep breathing, try inhaling for 8 counts and then exhaling for 8 counts. Try to notice how it feels to have the air filling your lungs and how the tension starts to release on the exhales.
  • make a cup of chamomile tea. Chamomile is known to have soothing effects when experiencing anxiety and on the upset feeling in your tummy that it can cause. Also, the ritual of making a cup of tea can feel very grounding.
  • do some yoga. Yoga has so, so, so many benefits and easing anxiety is definitely one of them. It’s why I started my practice in the first place.
  • use essential oils. I use a blend of ginger, lavender and geranium daily and it can help ease the nausea that accompanies anxiety.
  • talk to someone you trust and you know cares for you. Talking about what you’re feeling is extremely important and sometimes the easiest way to do this is to open up to someone close to you (I would also recommend trying talk therapy, our mental health is just as important as our physical health!).
  • read a book, it can give your mind a rest from all the thoughts rushing around and spiralling in your head.
  • make some food that you know will nourish you and you will enjoy. The act of making something for yourself that you know is good for you can feel positive and productive, plus, you’ll get the benefits of the food you’ve just made.

That’s where this dish came in for me. It was simple, nourishing and I knew I would savour it. It’s easy so I knew even if I was feeling on edge that it wouldn’t cause me frustration but remind me that I am doing something good for myself.

Simple Spring Greens with a Citrus Tahini Dressing

Makes approx. 2 side servings

For the greens

Ingredients

  • 3-4 generous handfuls of roughly chopped spring greens, rinsed
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp tamari (or soy or coconut aminos)
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Method

  • In a pan on a low-medium heat, heat the coconut oil and garlic for roughly 2 minutes, add the greens and spring onion with the pepper.
  • Add the tamari and cook for 7-10 minutes.

For the dressing

Ingredients

  • 3 heaped tsp tahini
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 of an orange, juice
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • water to thin if needed

Method

  • Mix all ingredients together until the dressing is smooth and at your desired consistency, adding the water a tsp at a time if needed.

This is also a good base for a salad! You could try topping it with some humous, your favourite crunchy vegetables (I’m loving sugar snap peas and radishes right now) and some chopped almonds or pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy!

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