Tag Archives: real food

  • Bring on the Kale! The Kale Avocado Salad that is...

    Unknown
    I was having one of my all time favourite salads with my dinner the other evening and thinking I really should post this recipe. You see, I wasn't always into kale. In fact, before I started nutrition school I had never tried it. It wasn't until I went to my amazing teacher, Caroline Dupont's cooking class that I tried it. This recipe was my first intro to kale and I love it and it has continued to be a hit with everyone that I have made it for. 

    Here is my post from my previous blog 

    Kale is a super powered leafy green vegetable that is located in the lonely part of the grocery store along with all of the other leafy greens. I find that many people are intimidated by these green vegetables because they don't know what to do with them. Thats how I was. What I now understand is that you just need an amazingly tasty and simple way to enjoy!

    Kale contains the most bang for your buck when it comes to nutrition. One cup of kale supplies us with 70% of the RDA of vitamin C. It is also a rich source of B6, manganese, fibre, as well as many minerals including copper, iron and calcium! Kale has 3 times more calcium than phosphorus, which is a highly beneficial ratio since high phosphorus consumption is linked to osteoporosis. So many of us think of dairy for calcium....kale is a much better source of "easy to absorb" calcium. A must for anyone concerned about bone health.

    Kale also contains plant nutrients that help balance hormones for men and women. Indole 3 carbinols and sulforaphane are 2 big fancy words that can help reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms and help prevent prostate problems in men.

    So now the question is......how the heck do I eat that weird leafy green stuff??? I knew that's what you were thinking, I get it all of the time. Well, first of all you could try my simple Yummy Greens recipe, my favorite kale chips (from Elanas Pantry) or start your day off with a green smoothie. Or you can try this amazingly healthy, enzyme rich raw kale salad. The problem with eating raw kale is that it can be hard to digest because of the cellulose. In this salad you marinate the kale in sea salt and lemon juice, both help to break down that fibrous cellulose making it much easier to digest.
    This salad has been enjoyed by many in my household. And by many who really thought they didn't like kale. It is such a great way to ease people into greens, because it tastes great and is easy to make!

    I dare you to try it??

    Ingredients

    • 1 head kale, thick centre stem removed, sliced fine
    • 1 avocado, halved, flesh scooped out of peel
    • 1/4 vidalia onion, chopped OR green onions
    • 2 ½ tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice
    • 1 tsp. Celtic sea salt
    • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in 1/2

    Method
    In a large salad bowl, toss together all ingredients (except tomatoes and onions), using your hands to squeeze as you mix to wilt the kale and cream the avocado together. Add the tomatoes after mixing. Serve!
    Recipe slightly adapted from the lovely kitchen of Ms Caroline Dupont. Caroline was one of my teachers from nutrition school and has continued to be one of my mentors in the field of health and wellness! One of the most beautiful people I have ever met, inside and out! Thank you Caroline for all of your inspiration!

     

  • Happy Dance & Strawberry Lemonade

    Its here, its really, really here! Finally my brand shiny, new website is up and ready to go for all to see! And I am doing a very happy dance! In light of this exciting news my first post is a refreshing drink to toast you with.

    Hi everyone! Welcome to my new online space designed to help empower you to live your best, most healthiest life possible! I am bursting at the seems with excitement to have such a beautiful space to share information with you! This has been such an amazing learning curve for me and I know it will continue to be.

    If this is your first introduction to me or you just want to learn more please hop over here to learn more about me and what brought me to this place.

    photo

    It is my absolute favourite time of year; strawberry season that is! In light of strawberry season I am going to share with you one of my absolute favourite ways to hydrate myself using seasonal organic strawberries.

    Strawberry picking has become a yearly ritual that I look forward to. I go to the local organic farm in Stouffville Ontario. It is now my daughter's (who will be 2 in a week) second time going and she loves it just as much as I do.

    photo

    It is so much fun (and way cheaper) to get out there and pick your own. It is also a great way to teach kids where food comes from! In my opinion, in the age of supermarkets filled with packaged "food like" products, it is more critical than ever. More to come on that topic in future posts!

    Strawberries are packed with vitamins (especially vitamin C), fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols making them a delicious way to boost your health and protect your body from free radical damage. They are also a sweet low calorie treat that is great for those who are watching their waist lines!

    Now back to the recipe.

     

    Strawberry Lemonade

    1 cup strawberries (frozen)
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    1 tbsp pure maple syrup or raw honey or 10 drops of stevia
    water to cover or coconut water
    add a pinch of high quality sea salt (optional)

    Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until well combined. Enjoy on a hot day while soaking up the sun!

    Please share with me below, what are some of your favourite ways to enjoy strawberries?

2 Item(s)

per page