I’m a certified health and nutrition coach with an obsession for croissants and muffins and a passion for helping Brides-to-be, MOBs, and Bridesmaids feel beautiful and confident on the special day they're a part of.
Good news is that bread can still be good for you and kale doesn’t have to taste bad!
I know kale is not everyone’s favorite green thing to eat but I’m bringing all the green to you this March! Many of us would prefer a green apple or even green pancakes, but I’m here to help you take in the benefits of kale and show you four different ways you can make it. The trick to making kale taste good is massaging the leaves with whatever dressing you’ll be using! Even massaging the leaves with olive oil and some lemon juice makes a huge difference. Massage the leaves for about 30 seconds and let marinate for about 10 minutes.
You might be asking… why kale?
Kale contains antioxidants, calcium, fiber, vitamins C and K, iron, and so many other nutrients that can help keep you feeling good.
And what exactly are antioxidants?
Antioxidants help your body remove toxins and protect against cell damage that free radicals cause.
What are the best sources of antioxidants?
Veggies and fruits, of course! I think it’s always a good idea to get some more leafy greens in our diets! It’s also easy to find kale at most grocery stores. I even like to freeze it so I can add it to my smoothies at any time.
Here are four different types of kale salads to try out this month:
Chopped Kale Superfoods Salad
This first salad is great when you want a chopped salad and have some berries and quinoa you want to use as well. Since it has quinoa, it is a heartier salad that really fills you up. It is also ideal if you follow a clean eating diet. You are going to use chopped kale since this is a chopped salad (super easy to chop with kitchen shears), then add rinsed uncooked or cooked (cooled) quinoa for a nice crunch. You can add any superfood toppings you want. I love adding berries like cranberries and pomegranate seeds. For more crunch, add some crushed walnuts as well. So much yum!
Kale and Veggies Salad
Another great option for a kale salad is one that uses even more veggies. You can also add berries to this salad, but it is going to be primarily for all the veggies you want to use. This can be a good main course, but it works good as a light lunch or a side dish as well. This salad uses fresh kale, along with some brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. If you want to add some healthy fat to the salad, you can add some avocado and/or nuts. Leave it as-is or make a simple dressing with olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and some lemon juice.
Kale Sweet Potato Salad
If you want to add more vegetable superfoods, consider vegetables like sweet potatoes and butternut squash. You can use either vegetable for this salad, or add some of both. Dice them into cubes, then add to your bed of kale, along with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can also make a dressing with lemon juice if you want a little kick to the simple kale salad.
Kale and Apple Salad
Kale also happens to taste great when combined with sweet fruits. This kale and apple salad is perfect when you want to combine fall and winter flavors. Use your chopped kale, along with some sliced sweet apples, strawberries, cranberries or pomegranate seeds, and some chopped walnuts and goat cheese on top.
Which kale salad are you going to make first?! If you want a TON of recipe ideas, check out my free bridal nutrition plan! Yep.. you read that right! It’s completely free and I know you are going to love it!
Stephanie began her fitness journey of training women in 2014 as a yoga teacher. As a certified personal trainer and certified health coach, she has since grown her bridal fitness programs for women internationally. Stephanie works with brides and helps them look and feel their best for their big day. Her programs are accessible through her app, from fitness to nutrition, all for the brides-to-be! Ready to feel confident in your wedding dress? Get the free Bridal Arms Mini Guide!
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