Just like that, January is already half over! Usually this month drags on for me because it’s literally the dead of winter. Dark, dreary, overcast days… bitterly cold weather… I do my absolute best to find the beauty and blessing in winter but I tend to get hit with some SAD (seasonal affective disorder) symptoms this time of year. I swear I was secretly born in Hawaii and my heart belongs there or something which is why I feel out of sorts in the middle of winter. Mom and Dad… is there something you haven’t told me?!
Ok, jokes aside. Winter is hard on this mind and body BUT I full well accept that I have the power in me to make it survivable by sitting in front of my Happy Light in the mornings, getting outdoors, exercising on the daily, practicing gratitude, supplementing Vitamin D, Essential Fatty Acids, and Probiotics, and eating bright, green, super nutrient dense foods!
That’s where this salad comes in. Oh, this beautiful, bright, vibrant, life-giving, mood-boosting, VITALITY Superfood Salad. Mmm!
A client of mine recently told me about this “superfood salad” concept and I was sold. Basically, you combine 10 or so superfood ingredients in a bowl and voila! a “superfood salad” is born.
In case you are wondering:
Superfood (su·per·food) Definition:
a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
We discussed some different combinations using wild rice, quinoa, or other ancient grains, with different nuts and seeds, a plethora of crunchy raw vegetables, some kind of fruit, loads of fresh herbs, citrus, and even dried fruits like goji berries, apple bits, or apricots.
Really, the combination is totally up to you and your tastes. So I got thinking…what would be my ideal superfood salad?
Quinoa, kale, organic chicken breast, bell pepper, cucumber, radishes, blueberries, avocado, almonds, parsley, mint, green onion, honey, lime, and chia seeds…
I could actually think of a million other ideal combinations but this one came alive when I put my pen to the paper in the kitch!
This salad does wonders to lighten up those dreary January days for me. It’s loaded with nutrients that boost my mood, energize me, and wake-up my tastebuds!
If you were to create your ideal superfood salad what would be in it? I’d love to read about it in the comments below!
- 4 cups kale, chopped
- ½ bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup chopped cucumber
- ½ cup sliced radish
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- ½ avocado, pitted and diced
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1 green onion, diced
- 1½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken (optional, omit for vegan)
- juice from ½ lime
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon honey (or 1 tsp coconut palm sugar for vegan)
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Add all of the salad ingredients to a bowl.
- Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well combined and set aside for a few minutes to thicken.
- Stir dressing once more and pour over salad ingredients. Toss well to combine.
Have a lovely Sunday and guess what… we are one day closer to Spring, woo hoooo!!!
Also – another reminder to pick up your NITK Guides while they are still 25% off for January!
Nutritionist in the Kitch