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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

Ode to the Lemon

A bright bowl of sunshine, a basket full of happy. Oh, the precious lemon is so good for so many reasons. They are an absolute essential in my kitchen.


Robyn cutting lemon and basil


Every time I go to the grocery store, I pick up at least six fresh lemons. Here are just a few of the ways I use my lemons:

  • Warm lemon water in the morning
  • Clean my wood cutting boards
  • Freshen the house when I simmer a pot of lemon peel
  • A face full of pucker followed by laughs
  • Brighten a rich dish
  • Partner with seafood and chicken
  • Zest for my muffins, pancakes, berry sauce, and yogurt dips
  • Marinade my vegetables
  • Add it to vinaigrettes and sauces
  • A sparkling water treat
  • Goes great with rosemary, thyme, basil, garlic, dill and oregano!
  • Keep my apple slices from browning
  • Add it to white vinegar and water in spray bottle for cleaning
  • A blast of zip to my smoothies

Sure you could use the bottled kind, but why not juice it right when you need it? Plus, beautiful and bright lemons double as a great kitchen table centerpiece or decoration!

lemons

And here’s the REAL DEAL…what’s really great about lemons is that they:

  1. Provide a blast of Vitamin C
  2. Aid in weight loss
  3. Help with digestion
  4. Soothe a sore throat
  5. Reduce risk of cancer
  6. Prevent kidney stones
  7. Balances your body’s pH
  8. Bring a fever down

I do love me some LEMONS!!! Now you have a ton of different reasons to go get your lemon on!



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