Simple Summer Favorites: Mini Recipe Edition!
There are two things diet culture likes to tell us are imperative to eat if we want to "look our best and lose the 'extra' weight." Green salad and green juice. How BORING. Right?
Also, can we please let go of the philosophy that losing weight equates happiness?
In my years of Holistic Health Coaching I have focused heavily on two things: anti-diet culture practices, and delicious food. Anti-diet culture, what does this mean? This simply means eating for the benefit of your body and its functions, supporting organ systems and cellular health, as opposed to focusing on losing as much weight as possible. Our weight does not define our worth.
Let me say it louder for the people in the back, weight does NOT define our worth.
Back to the salad and juice, I have two recipes that are meant to target specific functions and help support our bodies in fueling energy, cleansing and keeping our insides, well, clean. This is what matters; this is what makes you feel your best.
Pomegranate Kale Salad
makes appx 4 servings
1 bunch of kale (approximately 5 ounces)
2 ounces cubed manchego cheese
1/4 cup salted pepitas
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
3 TBSP dried cranberries (try to find sulfite free and no sugar added!)
2 TBSP olive oil
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tsp finely chopped shallots
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
optional: your favorite protein
In a large bowl, mix together the kale, manchego, pepitas, pomegranate seeds and cranberries.
In a smaller bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, shallots, salt & pepper.
Dress the entire salad with the olive oil mixture, or use as necessary if breaking up servings.
Top with protein if that lights you up.
That's it! Easy and SO good.
Benefits: Kale is extremely nutrient dense and is full of antioxidants and vitamin c, huge players for our immune health. Manchego is a sheep cheese, and so much easier for our stomachs to digest than heavy cow dairy, and a great source of protein. Pepitas are a great source of fiber, protein and antioxidants, helping to regulate and support digestion. Pomegranates are a great way to fight free radicals in our bodies, which means, it helps clean out anything our bodies recognize as toxins and can be detrimental to cellular health. Cranberries are too, full of antioxidants, and help support immunity.
On to the juice...this is a favorite of mine, full of functional ingredients, simple to make and super delicious.
2 cups spinach
2 stalks of celery
1 green apple
1 cup diced pineapple
1/4 tsp of fresh ginger (or to taste - I like a little more!)
In a juicer, add the spinach, celery, apple, pineapple then ginger. *Note: if you do not have a juicer, you can put all ingredients into a Vitamix and strain the pulp for your juice. You may need to add a bit of coconut water (or plain water) to get the blender going.
Pour in a glass and enjoy this green treat.
Benefits: Spinach is rich in vitamins c, a and k and has a healthy dose of magnesium and iron, a great addition for vegetarians and vegans. Celery juice has been shown to improve digestion, blood pressure and support the liver. Green apples have significantly less sugar than their red counterparts, and are also high in vitamin a and c to support the immune system. Pineapple is great for fighting inflammation, and includes bromelain, an enzyme that is a powerhouse in aiding ease in digestion. Lastly ginger, a favorite of mine, is widely used to aid digestion and soothing upset stomachs.
Enjoy these recipes as you see fit, and always remember that eating can be a delicious and health-enhancing experience. We don't always need an end goal of losing "those last 5 pounds" when eating all things green.
We can enjoy the fact we are doing something amazing for our bodies right now. What a gift that is.
Here's to finding your Happy Health.