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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

Fast and Simple Salad Bar Dinner

I stumbled on the idea of a salad bar when my kids were really little, BUT then I moved on to bigger and brighter things. The salad bar concept was left behind UNTIL over Winter Break! I rediscovered the salad bar, and fell completely head over heels for it again. It's on the once a week rotation, and everyone in my family loves it.

It's just a salad- what's the big deal? It's totally not just a salad. When I set up a salad bar night, I put different sized bowls of 1-2 choices of the following categories:

Greens 
There’s the usual like romaine and spinach, but you can also add in kale, red or green lettuce or get fancy and add frisee to the mix!

Roasted Veg 
I LOVE roasted veggies in my salads. Some of my favorites are butternut squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes and baby red potatoes.

Chopped veggies 
I’m on a total jicama kick (as are my kids), but you could chop up great additions like carrots, broccoli, snap peas, etc.

Protein 
My other favorite addition to salads is toasted chickpeas, but for protein you could have any type of beans, toasted nuts and seeds, tofu or tempeh, hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken or salmon.

Grains
Sometimes I add a bowl of rice, quinoa or millet to the mix. It adds interest and texture to the salad, and sometimes my girls just have a bowl of that on the side.

Extras (my favorite category)
This is where you really get to step outside the box. Add different types of cheeses, fruits, fresh herbs or spices, homemade croutons or even maple glazed walnuts 

Dressings 
Lately I’ve been trying to make a few more homemade dressings than just putting vinegar and olive oil on the table. We’ve tried pesto, salsas, an amazing Maple Tahini Dressing, as well as an Avocado-Cilantro Dressing.

Now tell me, is that JUST a salad?! It’s so much more than just a bowl of greens. Besides that, there are so many great benefits to a salad bar dinner. These are a few of the reasons they’ve made the once a week rotation:

  • Simple and Fast
  • I can use up leftovers or whatever’s in the fridge
  • It’s different every time
  • My kids can customize their salads
  • It adds a fun factor to dinner
  • It creates a pressure-free “try it” experience
  • It’s a conversation starter
  • It’s a bowl of power packed nutrients


Beginner's Tip: For the first few times, you could probably have some good bread on the side or even grilled cheese sammies just in case there’s some resistance.

Try it out at your house and let me know how it goes. Your whole world could change, knowing that one night a week will be an easy breezy salad bar and not following some complicated recipe for a meal that only half your family likes.

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