Hi! I’m back. It’s been a few weeks too many since I last posted in here and I’m excited to be back. I have absolutely loved all your comments during the past few weeks so a big thank you to all of you!!
Well… I’m excited to announce that my blog silence has part had to do with the fact that we’ve got a little baby girl in the making! At 20 weeks I’m already halfway through the pregnancy, have gained myself a little bump and am finally free from morning sickness. (you may remember my post over christmas about all the strange danish foods I was eating… now you get it).
Kale and avocado have been two of my favourites things for the past two months. I’ve been experimenting with different salads featuring these two ingredients and this salad was an experiment too good not to share. It has, in fact, been a bit of staple for me during the past month… (I know, I really should mix it up). I just love the combination of the greens mixed with the orange slices and citrusy dressing too much.
I’ve been picking up a big bunch of kale at our local farmers market every saturday and find that it keeps fresh and crisp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, which makes it easy and simple to throw a salad like this together in a matter of minutes. I keep the vinaigrette in a separate glass bottle and massage it into the kale before serving to soften the kale, making it less coarse to chew.
|Kale Avocado Salad with Orange|| || |
- 2-3 handfuls of raw kale, chopped
- 1 orange, sliced
- ½ avocado, sliced
- ½ cup green peas
- cucumber slices to top
- ½ ounce (15 gm) feta cheese
- 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp almond slices
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- pinch garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Wash and chop the kale and place in a large bowl. whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper and massage the vinaigrette into the kale for 1-2 minutes until the kale starts to soften.
- Place the kale on two serving plates and add peas, orange and avocado slices.
- Top off the salad with feta, almond slices and hemp seeds and finish with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice and cracked pepper.
Nutrition & Detoxification Benefits
Kale contains an amazing variety of antioxidants, including a potent dose of the antioxidant vitamins: C, A & E. All these fight the damaging effects of free radicals and help prevent oxidative damage to our cells – including our skin cells. Kale is also high in calcium, magnesium, vitamin K and vitamin B6 and contains more iron than beef when comparing kcalorie to kcalorie!
Kale is without doubt one of my favourite detox foods. It effectively supports the functioning of our liver and its ability to transport toxins and other chemicals out of our body. The reason kale helps promote detox activity is attributed to its high levels of sulphur and fiber as well as substances called isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates regulate and boost detoxification activity in our cells, supporting both phase I & phase II detoxification processes.
Avocado is, like kale, also amazing for our liver. With over 75% of it being healthy polyunsaturated fats, avocados are known to help nourish and repair liver cells back to optimal health – promoting good liver function and boosting the body’s ability to cleanse itself.
For more on green foods and how they enhance our overall health, check out this article.