Being that it’s January, we’re constantly being inundated (even more than usual) with “lose weight / lose weight fast!” articles, commercials, etc. And while weight certainly plays a role in health, I worry that the uber-intense spotlight on it can make it too easy to lose sight of what is really the most important overarching issue: HEALTH.
Eating almost exclusively whole, clean foods – predominantly if not completely plant-based – being regularly active, stretching, taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally, and so on – as far as I’m concerned, these are all the essential components to being a healthier you (and ultimately the healthiest you, if you make it a lifestyle and not a “quick fix” temporary change). Chances are if you do these things – especially shift to eating whole foods (e.g., little to no processed), particularly tons of fresh fruits and veggies and preferably raw at least a good amount of the time – your body will reap the benefits both inside AND out.
So – here’s an easy and delicious salad to help either get you going or maintain your “deliciously healthy & healthfully delicious” eating! Featuring 4 of my absolute favorite foods (that all just so happen to be “super foods”): kale, tomatoes, avocado and garbanzo beans.
Recipe: Simple Super Salad (serves 2 as a main dish)
What You Need (use organic as much as possible!)
- 4-6 large handfuls of baby kale
- 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
- 1 14 oz can garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
- 2 ripe avocados, diced
- lots of ground pepper and a pinch of salt
- the juice of one fresh lemon
- a few tablespoons of olive oil
- Optional: handful of vegan croutons (breaking the no-processed food rule here – but I’m a sucker for vegan croutons that taste great since they’re hard to find! I love Fresh Gourmet’s Organic Seasoned version. But – if you leave these out, you’ll have a fully raw salad.)
What You Do
- Roughly chop the kale and place in a large bowl
- Add in the halved tomatoes, beans and avocados, and toss well
- Add the pepper and salt, and toss well
- Squeeze the lemon juice over the salad as well as a good glug or two of olive oil (about 1-3 tbsp, depending on your preference)
- Toss the salad well and you’re ready to go!
- Optional additions: throw in some croutons and mix well; if you want another light flavor boost, add in a tablespoon of a vinaigrette (lately I am loving Brianna’s Real French Vinaigrette – all natural with no sugar added and no artificial ingredients!)