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Kale. The darling of the vegetable world these past few years. And for good reason. As a dark green leafy cruciferous vegetable, kale supports your body's natural detoxification process. And, as a great source of magnesium, potassium, calcium and chlorophyll - all of which help signal our parasympathetic nervous system - kale also helps create a calmer, more relaxed you.
My favorite kale is lacinato or "dinosaur" kale (pictured above). I love the flavor and texture and it is delicious cooked or raw. It's always easy to add a handful of kale into your protein shake or salad, or to sautee quickly with some olive oil and garlic, but I thought you may enjoy a few more recipes. Hope you love adding kale to your day as much as I do!
Simple Raw Kale Salad
Add Kale to Soup
Adding a little kale into your life doesn't have to be boring or tasteless - it can be delicious, satisfying AND help re-direct you from other choices which challenge you. Enjoy!
Kicking off your longer term weight or health goals with a 14 Day Detox is a great place to start. Two weeks of eliminating highly allergenic and sometimes toxic foods (along with nutrient support for detoxification processes), can reduce cravings, decrease brain fog, increase energy, and imbue you with enough optimism to keep at it for longer term goals. One of my favorite strategies while detoxing (or anytime really), is to have vegetable soup always at the ready. For me, it's a great afternoon lift - it tastes great, is bursting with nutrients, and it doesn't rev up my afternoon cravings for sugar or salty snacks.
Here's the recipe I made yesterday - you can adjust to suit your tastes, including any non-starchy vegetables you choose.
Detox Vegetable Soup
Lorie Gehrke, NC
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