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Baby Kale Health

An Easy Spring Detox Salad

kale avocado salad

Clean a bunch of kale from the tough stalks and rip into small bite-size pieces. Squeeze half a lemon and half an avocado into the bowl of kale. Sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan salt or celtic sea salt into the bowl. Using your hands, massage the kale mixture until all ingredients are incorporated. There will be small chunks of avocado. Sprinkle with hemp and sunflower seeds. DONE! You can also add cucumbers and/or tomatoes, but it’s just as good to keep it simple.

This is such an easy and awesome salad to add to your weekly rotation. You’ll be surprised how the lemon and avocado transform the bitterness to a sweetness!

Kale is a detox powerhouse for a number of reasons, including:

- “Kale is a member of the brassica family of vegetables which contain substances called glucosinolates which help to stimulate the liver detox enzymes.” (www.thedetoxspecialist.com)

- Kale contains iron, vitamin K, fiber and antioxidants 

- Rich in carotenoids and Chloryphyll, which are anti-cancer agents 

Avocados are another fantastic ingredient to add to your diet during a detox because it is a healthy fat. The avocado helps your gallbladder release bile, which in turn eliminates toxins. At that point, your gallbladder is better able to absorb essential vitamins and minerals.

Lemon will be the star of your detox showdown! Lemon has loads of vitamins, but more importantly is able to balance the pH of your body so that it is alkaline instead of acid. When your body’s pH is less acidic it becomes more able to release toxins.

Just this one salad can make a big detox difference in your diet. Add it to your weekly rotation of dinners, and your body will thank you!



Baby Kale Health

Shake It Up Shamrock Style

shamrock shake class

Who says it has to be St. Patrick’s Day to whip up a Shamrock Shake. My after school kids’ cooking class happened to fall on St. Patrick’s Day last week, so we made Shamrock Shakes. We ALL LOVED them, so I couldn’t help but share this recipe even though the magical day of shenanigans, Guinness, rainbows and Shepherd’s Pie has passed. Not only does it taste amazing, it also has a small fraction of the sugar that is in a McDonalds’ Shamrock Shake, no food dyes, and lots of vitamins and minerals! Check it out!

The star ingredients of the shake itself are spinach (for color AND power-packed nutrients), avocado (for color, Omega-3s and creaminess) and mint (the real star of the shake).

Mint is a powerful fresh herb that has many nutritional and health benefits. Here are just a few to remember:

    - Promotes digestions

    - Soothes indigestion

    - Freshens breathe

    - Soothes headaches and migraines

    - Helps with nausea and motion sickness

    - Clears up congestion of nose, throat, lungs

    - And there’s more…

If you’re looking for a way to shake up breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or even dessert, here ya go!

shamrock shake


From www.myfussyeater.com 

A healthy take on the classic McDonald's Shamrock Shake, made with spinach, avocado and mint!

Serves: 2


Shamrock Shake:

2½ cups milk (dairy or non dairy)

1 cup spinach

1 banana

½ avocado

8 mint leaves / a drop of mint extract

Optional: honey or maple syrup to taste



Whipped cream or whipped coconut cream

25g dark chocolate and 1 tsp coconut oil

Cacao nibs

Mint leaves



1.    Place the milk, spinach, banana, avocado and mint leaves / mint extract in a blender and blitz until smooth. Taste your shake and add honey or maple syrup if you prefer it to be sweeter.

2.    Add any topping you like. You can make a chocolate sauce by melting the coconut oil and dark chocolate together in a saucepan / microwave.