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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!

 

 

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Baby Kale Health

Water check!


glass of water with straw

It’s that time again. I wanted to check in and remind you to drink your water! It’s so simple, yet so hard to remember, and sometimes just so uninteresting;)

When I’m out ‘n about, I have a specific water bottle that I use – not in love with it, but I like the size. (I’m always on the lookout for the perfect water bottle!) When I’m home, I try to choose one of my nicer glasses or a pint glass to drink ice water out of. However, this weekend I wanted something different, but I wasn’t sure what. My water intake has been way less than stellar, and I’m always looking for new ways to motivate myself to drink more water! I spent awhile looking through my cupboards. I ended up with one of my smoothie cups, complete with a reusable straw. It only holds 16 oz., but the straw is what I needed this time. I’ve been sucking down water like crazy ever since!

What’s your trick to drinking more water?

I do add fruit to my water sometimes. Fruit infused water switches it up and even adds some vitamins, too.

Ice or no ice? I’ve been on a no ice kick, but yesterday I wanted ice…and a straw!

Do you use your FitBit to help you drink more water?

Here’s a few reminders of why we need to drink ½ our body weight in ounces every day:

1. Physical performance

If you’re dehydrated, you’re likely to experience fatigue and lack of motivation during your workout or exercise. Not being properly hydrated can make your workout seem much harder. YUCK!

2. Weight loss

Drinking a good amount of water everyday can boost your metabolic rate and make you feel full for longer. To lose weight, drink water cold so that your body has to expend energy to heat it up.

3. Flush Toxins

Over time, toxins build up in our bodies causing fatigue. Water helps to carry those toxins to the kidneys where they can be flushed out of the body.

Not to mention, water consumption can prevent constipation, gastritis, heart burn, ulcers, migraines and kidney stones.

Go drink some water…

No really, go drink some water…right now!

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