Lemon Avocado Kale Salad
This salad is the perfect energy boosting salad to enjoy on a hot summer day. It is super simple to make and only takes a few ingredients, it is also vegan, gluten-free, high protein, and low calorie!
Happy Tuesday! Who else is feeling motivated this week? Nothing keeps me motivated like a healthy lifestyle. My favorite part of a healthy lifestyle is the food (of course). I love when I go to the grocery store and buy all whole foods. There is just something so satisfied about eating minimally processed/cooked meals. I am not someone who is completely against processed foods, or someone who eats fully raw. However I get excited when I make a recipe that is made from as many whole foods as possible. I really believe it's kind of insane how far we have gone as a society in changing our view of what is food. Most people see mac and cheese, or fried chicken and think of that as food, when in reality they are so far from what we have eaten as a species for thousands of years. We thrived on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and grains for generations, and now most people don't even get the daily recommended amount of these, so yeah there's a little insight into how I feel about all that.
This salad is also super filling. I love it because you can eat it as a main course, or can just enjoy as a side salad. I meal prepped this, and it made 4 meals worth of full lunches. I also baked some sweet potato fries to enjoy on the side. I have been obsessed with sweet potato fries again, so let me know if you want my recipe, because it'll change your fry game. Like I said before, this salad is filling enough on its own, but I am currently eating low calorie lunches and dinner, to lose my ~Holiday Weight~, so I wanted to be sure that I was still eating enough food while losing this weight.
I normally stay away from oils, and focus on using whole food ingredients. However when I make something where the oil isn't heated I feel better about it. I really don't think you need oil to successfully cook things, but sometimes to achieve the proper consistency of a dressing it is a must. Maybe one day I will figure out how to make it without it, but we are not there yet. There are plenty of healthier options when choosing an oil to use. Extra virgin olive oil is always a great go to, but there are plenty of other healthy options out there. I love using flax oil, avocado oil, and walnut oil whenever I use oil in my recipes. These oils contain healthy fats rather than the high saturated fat in oils such like coconut of canola.
Speaking of healthy fats...This recipe is loaded with them! Do not fear, it is still low calorie. The amount of oil in this salad is extremely minimal, like 1 Tablespoon for 4 servings, so you are only adding about 30 calories per serving. The avocado is a healthy fat that is also high in fiber, so it should definitely not be something you fear by any means. Lastly the sunflower seeds are raw( I always get mine from Terrasoul: https://www.terrasoul.com/products/sunflower-seeds?_pos=1&_sid=a099703cc&_ss=r , the quality is unmatched, and they are super affordable) therefore they are free of any gross oils that many contain, as well as salt. Sunflower seeds are great, because they contain super high amounts of vitamin E!
Another name for this salad could be the ultimate beauty salad. Why do I say that? Because of all these healthy fats, and vitamin E this salad is great for healthy skin and anti-aging. The kale is great, because it is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Kale contains high amounts of vitamin A and C(and tons more vitamins and minerals), which are both great for young clear skin. Kale also is high in antioxidants, which fight the free radicals. Lastly the lemons in the dressing are great for helping aid your body in absorbing iron, and they are also high in vitamin C. Alright, if I haven't convinced you of the wonders of this salad yet, let me share the recipe and prove to you just how simple and delicious it is.
Total time: 20 Minutes
1 Bunch Kale
1 Cup dried Michelet beans I used (https://primarybeans.com/products/michelet-beans ) you can also sub cannellini
1/4 Cup Sunflower seeds
2 Juiced lemons
1 Tablespoons olive oil
Start by cooking your beans, or straining if you used canned.
Rinse the kale and massage it. Add the cooked beans, sunflower seeds, and diced avocados.
Add juice from lemons and olive oil and mix, serve and enjoy!