chicory, grapefruit + avocado salad

appetizer, mains, recipes, salads

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.

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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.

 

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Ingredients

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
  1. Using a serrated knife, half your grapefruit. Slice along membranes + peel away segments (do this over a bowl to catch extra juices)
  2. Place chicory/endive and mixed leaves in a serving bowl
  3. Add sliced avocado and beetroot to salad + sprinkle pumpkin seeds
  4. Drizzle balsamic and leftover grapefruit juice as dressing over salad
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste, toss to combine
  6. Share and enjoy with your people!

 

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Notes

  • 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!

 

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products: top essential oils for travel

essential oils, lifestyle, travel
Summer is nearly here and you might have a trip in the works. I would love to take ALL of our oils but sometimes there is only room for the favs. Below are my favorite essential oils to take along for those stressful plane rides, long road trips or even just being away from the house for a few days.

Thieves

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I find Thieves to be a good friend (the ‘ol pat on the back) to the immune system- helpful in boosting it up and for sanitation. I simply put some drops in my hand, rub together, cup around my nose + mouth and breathe in. I also use it for a quick hand sanitizer (in that emergency situation that you have to use an airplane toilet or rest stop…)

Digize 

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I definitely do not go too far from home without this oil. No one likes to feel yucky… tummy aches, constipation, indigestion – you know the not so fun parts of travel sometimes.

DiGize is a unique blend that combines tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli essential oils. I use this at meal times and as a dietary supplement in water when traveling abroad – add 2 drops DiGize and 1 drop peppermint to large water bottle for a vitalizing beverage.

 Peppermint

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I use this for… pretty much everything. Un-welcomed things like headaches, tummy troubles, flare ups or just feeling a bit groggy. Some studies show that inhaling peppermint can bring 25% more oxygen to the brain! Welcomed news when you are traveling 35,000 ft. in the clouds and feeling dehydrated.

I bring peppermint for the same reason I pack DiGize, to soothe digestion if needed. Peppermint is great for inhaling, dabbing on the temples or dropping on the tongue. I even rub it over my stomach if I have indigestion because no matter how well you try to eat while traveling or on vacation, sometimes you just need a lil TLC.  I also like to take a few sniffs of peppermint on the airplane to get the stale-airplane smell from taking over and a way to calm my stomach and get rid of those take off jitters.

Citrus

 

One of my best tips for travel is to stay hydrated! I like to drink a water bottle of some lukewarm water (don’t judge me, cold water is just… cold), a drop of lemon, drop of grapefruit and add a few fresh mint leaves. Staying well hydrated can help immensely with warding off jet lag.

 Lavender

 

Lavender is known as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of essential oils. Therefore, I bring it everywhere because I just can’t take them all. I find Lavender to be a great skin soother. I blend with some coconut oil and lather my face, to alleviate that Grimm Reaper-raisin face-feeling you get after being on an airplane.

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CAR: These oils are also great to have for your accommodation (or car ride). Take a wet washcloth, drop a few drops of oil and lay the scented wash cloth over the room (or car) vent to scent and clean the air. Such a treat.

PLANES: Here are the TSA regulations for carrying liquids on board…you are allowed to carry as many 5 or 15ml bottles that will fit in a 1 quart plastic bag.

  • 90 ml = 3 ounces
  • Six 15 ml bottles = 90 ml = 3 ounces
  • Eighteen 5 ml bottles = 90 ml = 3 ounces

If you have more than you would like to carry on, you can pack as many oils as you want to in luggage that you’ll be checking in with the airline. *Be sure to pack them in sealed bags with a few paper towels in case of leakage. 

I hope you find this helpful for your next trip and can give you an idea of what may come in handy for you. If you have any questions about Young Living oils or are interested in placing an order you can email me directly at adrienne.tafilowski@yahoo.com or leave a comment here. I would love to hear which oils and travel tips you have as well.

 

Traveling mercies, friends.

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citrus + pomegranate mint salad

breakfast, dessert, holidays, salads, treats

 

I don’t know about you, but when I like something I stick to it.

I can always count on my Oma to have full, juicy bowls of oranges and grapefruits around during Christmas and Easter. Maybe because she knows it is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays. I have fond memories of watching my Papa sit at the kitchen counter helping her to peel all of the membranes from every slice- he hated the white stuff, he was determined, and checked and re-check that every seed was out of the bowl.

This year as we celebrated Easter brunch with friends, I decided to keep the tradition going with a little twist – pomegranate and mint. Best served chilled, it is perfectly sweet and slightly tart, refreshing and very easy to put together.

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This salad is a showstopper, requires very little work and feels like a fancy salad despite it only being four ingredients. It is easy enough to make for yourself for breakfast but also to serve guests. This recipe is AIP (auto immune protocol) compliant, in season (yep, November till July) and packed with nutrients.

  • Grapefruit is extra good for you this time of year with plenty of immune-boosting Vitamin C to help fight off colds, lycopene for glowing skin, and free-radical fighting antioxidants. I eat a grapefruit every day because it is perfect for hitting the metabolism-reset button. Pow!
  • Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants that protect against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pure pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries.
  • Mint is a great palate cleanser and promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.

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Ingredients

1 pomegranate

2 large navel oranges
2 pink grapefruits
Fresh mint 

Method

  • Place the pomegranate on a surface that won’t stain. Do not wear white. And follow this link for the easy way to remove pomegranate seeds. When finished, pick out any bits of the white membrane so all that remains in the bowl are seeds and juice.
  • For the oranges and grapefruits, cut a small slice off the top and bottom so the fruit can sit flat on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, work your way around the fruits to remove all peel. Carefully cut the segments cross-wise or cut around each segment.

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  • Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and fresh mint leaves over the sliced citrus
  • Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to share with your people
  • Slurping up the extra juice at the end is an extra treat

Enjoy! x

 

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