Dinner Kale Chickpea Salad with Olives and Dill

This is the first time I’ve made this kale salad with chickpeas, olives and dill, which was a variation on the recipe here. I had to swap the red wine vinegar and basil with apple cider vinegar and dill because I didn’t have any on hand. I also omitted the feta to keep it vegan. This was very filling and absolutely delicious, very Mediterranean.

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I added Trader Joe’s Cheese & Green Chili tamales to the twin’s meals. They loved the salad and asked me to make sure I make it again…score!

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For dessert I made these sweet refreshing smoothies with 2 frozen bananas, 1 pear, 1 cup grapes, almond milk and 3 ice cubes. I just added enough of the almond milk to achieve desired thickness.

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Daily Staples

These are a few of the things I try to make a part of my daily routine. Even on days I don’t eat as well as I’d like, I always try make sure I still incorporate most of these into my day.

Warm lemon water first thing in the morning. This helps promote elimination, dissolve mucus in the body, support the liver and help with absorption of minerals. I boil a pot of water and let it cool off a little before squeezing in a quarter of a lemon. I avoid adding the lemon to hot water because it kills more enzymes. Organic lemons are best when able because they have more enzymes. I also to try to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing my teeth to help protect my teeth enamel.

 

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Warm Lemon Water

I believe good health starts with a healthy digestive system. Over time unhealthy eating habits and other lifestyle factors decrease our natural digestive enzymes. This supplement helps breakdown food so the body can absorb more nutrients. When I take these I don’t get that heavy full feeling after eating, especially after heavy meals. I have noticed some brands work better then others so I recommend doing some research or trying out different brands. One of my faves is MRM Digest-All because they’re made without any animal products, give noticeable results and don’t cause any gas or stomach discomfort. Available at your local health food store or online here.

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Digestive Enzymes

Probiotics help re-balance healthy gut bacteria which helps increase mineral absorption and further improve digestive health. I’ve also noticed when I take Soloray Multidophilus 12 (20 billion) my hair and nails grow longer and faster, my nails are otherwise very weak and short. Available at your local health food store or online here.

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Probiotics

 

 

Back at It

 

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Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie

After almost a year of falling off of the high raw high vegan bandwagon due to a hectic schedule I’m happy to say I’m back at it. I’m easing into it this time, so I’ll be blogging about more then just raw vegan foods here.

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of Kimberly Snyder’s vegan Glowing Green Smoothie, recipe here . Green smoothies are cleansing, energizing and filling. When I make enough to last a few days they’re a great go to when I need something quick, but healthy. I usually drink these as a late mid-morning snack because I generally don’t get hungry before noon.