superfood kale salad
I spent last weekend in Savannah, GA on a dear friend's bachelorette party. Loved the girl time in a new city, hated leaving and feeling like I took a few steps backward in my health journey. It was just a single weekend of over indulgence but when I woke up Monday morning and felt unlike myself, I began making a mental tally of every glass of champagne, Oreo dipped in peanut butter (parent trap style) and french fry that I ate. I felt exhausted, bloated, had a couple of new blemishes on my cheeks and desperately needed some vegetables. Three days and a few green juices later and I feel like myself again.
You're probably asking why I am so hard on myself after just an innocent weekend with the girls. I was asking myself that very same question and after some self reflection I came up with a very simple answer- I like to feel good. A few years ago when I was eating poorly on a weekend after weekend, I didn't feel the affects of junk food so drastically. However, these days I eat considerably better so when I introduced processed and greasy back foods into my diet, even for a small amount of time, my body really felt the negative side effects. Please note, I don't think there is anything wrong with sporadically over indulging. It's probably a healthy thing to do every so often. The tricky thing is getting back into the swing of things and not making the guilty pleasures a habit. I am learning to accept that eating "clean" everyday until the end of time is pretty unrealistic. Ultimately, it's ok to have meals, days, even weeks that are off track. It's how you bounce back. Just because you ate poorly at breakfast doesn't mean you need to for lunch and dinner also. Just because you had a bender of a weekend doesn't mean that your week should be that way either. It's about being able to quickly bounce back by reintroducing the whole, nutritious foods into your diet and ditching the crap.
This recipe is my go-to and contains one of my all time favorite ingredients to give you an ultra health boost- kale. This magical green is all the rage because of it's long list of benefits...
- helps fight cancer
- protects the body from free radicals
- protects against heart disease
- stabilizes blood pressure
- alleviates PMS symptoms
- promotes healthy hair and skin
- contains heaps of fiber
- boosts energy levels
- improves circulation
- helps you to maintain a healthy weight
- elevates your mood
Let food be your medicine. Whether you just overdid it one weekend or have been living an unhealthy life for some time, eat your way to wellness. Consume superfoods, like my beloved kale, and begin to see and feel the positive changes in your body and mind.
thanks Healthy Line for the great info on kale + other healthy ingredients!
R E C I P E
4 cups of chopped kale, packed
1 cup of watercress, packed
2 ears of corn
1 cup of edamame
1/2 block of extra firm tofu
2 teaspoons of Toasted Sesame Seeds
1 lemon, juiced
2 teaspoons of liquid amino acids
1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
Pickled Beets (optional but highly recommended)
I N G R E D I E N T S
Drain the tofu. Then cut down, then across to create 1/2" cubes.
Heat up a non-stick pan and stir together the tofu, amino acids and sesame seeds. The sesame seeds should easily stick to the tofu. Let cook for 5-7 minutes.
Wash and tear the kale leaves off of the stems. Put into a large bowl and gently massage to soften.
Cut the kernels off the ear of corn, roughly chop the watercress, and cook the edamame according to the packaging and pop out of the pods. (I get shelled, ready to eat edamame from Trader Joe's)
Toss the veggies and lemon juice into the bowl of kale. Next, mix in the tofu.
In a small bowl, mash together the avocado and mustard.
Put the salad into individual bowls with a dollop of avocado and pickled beets on top.