Traveling. Dinner parties. Weddings. Goodbye drinks. Summer treats.
It is this time of year and just after Christmas that I tend to feel a bit haggard + like I am going through life in sand. Things like so-so sleep and a bit of overindulging… it happens. But I know I can feel better.
We try and ‘detox’ a couple times a year. I have looong been suspicious of the stereotypical juice-based detoxes, lemonade-chili powder ‘Beyonce detoxes’ and spending a ton of money on supplements and such. Instead, I would rather eat nutritionally dense foods that are kind and cleansing for my liver and body.
I have been reading up on toxins. So crazy that every day we are exposed to so many things in our food and environment that accumulate in our bodies. Detoxing can be such a powerful tool to restore our glow + toward feeling more revitalized.
The result of my nerding out on detoxifying foods is this super antioxidant salad. It is loaded with texture, good-for-your-tummy-ingredients, and bursting with fresh summer flavors! I like to think that this Chicory, Grapefruit + Avocado Salad is the ultimate detox meal. I find that simply eating a big salad containing detoxifying ingredients a few times a week makes me feel more clear, focused and energetic.
This salad can be thrown together in minutes and is a great meal to eat when you want to lighten things up. There are no isolated oils, only the fat from the seeds and the avocado, which make it much easier to digest and less processed. This bright salad features sweet-tart grapefruit (hello cellulite fighter and blood sugar stabiliser) and slightly bitter chicory (hello immune booster and liver detoxifier)! It will makes a refreshing addition to your summer dinner repertoire.
2 mains : 4 sides
- 1 large ruby red grapefruit, peeled and segmented
- 2 head chicory, pull off leaves
- 1 medium beetroot, washed and cut julienne
- 1 large avocado, peeled and sliced
- 4-5 cups mixed salad mix, go for darker leaves
- 4 tbs pumpkin seeds, ideally sprouted
- balsamic vinegar, to drizzle
- Using a serrated knife, half your grapefruit. Slice along membranes + peel away segments (do this over a bowl to catch extra juices)
- Place chicory/endive and mixed leaves in a serving bowl
- Add sliced avocado and beetroot to salad + sprinkle pumpkin seeds
- Drizzle balsamic and leftover grapefruit juice as dressing over salad
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, toss to combine
- Share and enjoy with your people!
- For a nice, hearty addition, add quinoa or brown rice if you have it on hand
- For more detoxifiers, try fresh cilantro and parsley. They are both heavy metal detoxifiers which aid in removing heavy metals from our bodies
Here is to a wonderful, healthy you and to feeling our best. I hope you enjoy this recipe and that you have a delicious end to your week!
Blueberries and summer – they just go together.
This time of year we all seem a bit more interested in fresh salads and light meals. This recipe is one I tried last summer from The Minimalist Baker (before going AIP) but I absolutely loved it and think it is worth passing along! This salad is perfect for summer and will give you an excuse to pick up some fresh blueberries at a farmer’s market near you. This salad is in season, full of flavour and packed with superfoods!
The dressing really brings all the flavours alive and dancing on your tastebuds: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a little sweetener and a good amount of pureed blueberries! It is a perfect vegetarian option, packed with plant-strong goodness. It is sweet yet subtle. It is quick but well constructed. A perfect option for a summery, crunchy lunch or dinner!
Serves: 2 entries / 4 sides
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup (honey or date syrup)
- 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) olive oil
- Pinch each salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup (approx 50 g) blueberries
- Prepare quinoa (easy guide here) or use ready-to-go version.
- In a food processor or small blender, add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, blueberries, maple syrup, and a pinch each salt and pepper. Blend until pureed, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- On a plate, or low large bowl, arrange mixed greens and top with cooked quinoa blueberries, nuts and avocado. Serve with dressing. It’s that easy!
- If you are following the AIP lifestyle, toasted coconut chips make a great substitution for the grain and nuts.
- I used pre-cooked quinoa for convenience, by all the means cook your own, read here for easy instructions.
- I have used hazelnuts and sliced almonds in the recipe but my favourite is pistachio and pecan mix. Use your favourite!
- A crumbled goat cheese or feta would be a nice addition if you tolerate dairy
What are you favourite recipes that use seasonal fruits or ingredients? I hope you have a delicious weekend!
Quino-what? Quinoa might be hard to pronounce but don’t let that keep you from giving it a try. This ancient grain turned superfood has definitely grown in popularity and can be a great gluten free option. We enjoy this recipe as a weekly staple because it is so easy to toss together and great on a budget. I love the subtle crunch of the quinoa and pumpkin seeds, the bright vegetables, and satisfying plant-based protein along with healthy omega fats. Inspired by the flavors of the US southwest, this Tex-Mex recipe is a comfort away from home.
240g black beans
2 bell peppers, diced
1 medium red onion, diced
cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 small avocados, cubed
red chili powder
Prepare quinoa on stovetop based on package directions
On medium heat, sauté diced bell pepper and red onion
In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa, beans, grilled onion and peppers, cherry tomatoes and cubed avocado
Toss the above mixture with tablespoon olive oil, juice from one lime, sprinkle desired amount of garlic salt, a tablespoon of cumin and a dash of red chili pepper and fresh cilantro. Top with pumpkin seeds.
If you are using dried beans, soak them the night before so they will be easier to cook and can help with bloating and gas. In the UK it can be difficult to find black beans, red kidney beans would make a good substitute.
All ingredients for the seasoning can be adjusted for personal taste and spice levels.
Have a delicious weekend!