Cooked Greens and Chicken Salad

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Okay, I’ll start by saying this salad is DELICIOUS.  However, even if this didn’t taste as great as it does, I would still force myself to eat it, because it is SO incredibly good for me!  This is jam-packed with folate, which is great for anyone with the MTHFR gene mutation (which is surprisingly common!  I have it, and it is estimated that about 50+% of the population has it!).  Yeah, yeah, yeah, so it’s good for that, but it doesn’t end there!

I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate dandelion greens into my meals, because they are SO good for you!  They have a bitter taste, so it can be hard to find meals that they go well with, but they lend themselves perfectly to this dish!  The following pin links to a site that lists some great health benefits of these greens, and you will see why it is a good idea to incorporate these guys when possible!

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Some of their health benefits are as follows.

  • high in calcium and iron
  • antioxidant packed
  • reduce risk of cancer, MS, cataracts, and strokes
  • high in minerals
  • extremely detoxifying and cleansing for the liver

And that just touches the surface!  Between the cleansing properties of dandelion greens and the chelating properties of the cilantro, this is a great salad for cleansing your system!

So, I really don’t need to tout this salad anymore, because once you try it, the taste will be enough for you to want to keep trying it!  the fact that it is SO good for you is just the icing on the cake!

COOKED GREENS AND CHICKEN SALAD

Ingredients: makes 3 servings

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, divided
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cups chopped dandelion greens
  • 3 cups chopped kale (rough stems removed)
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • plain greek yogurt for serving, optional

Directions

1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken, and cook for 40 minutes.

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2.) Remove the chicken from the pot and cut into bite size pieces.  Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the chicken, cilantro, and 1/6 of a teaspoon of garlic powder.  Sprinkle with sea salt and cook until the chicken is slightly browned (about 5-7 minutes).  Place the chicken on a plate and set aside.

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3.) In the frying pan you just used, place the kale and dandelion greens over medium heat.  Add 1/6 tsp. of garlic powder and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cook until completely wilted. Add to the plate with the chicken.

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4.) Once again, using the same pan, add the spinach to the pan and heat over medium heat.  Add 1/6 tsp. of garlic powder and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cook until the spinach is slightly wilted.

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5.) Split the spinach up among three plates.  Top with the chicken mixture, kale and dandelion greens that you set aside.

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If desired, you can top this with some plain greek yogurt or sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice, but it’s great on it’s own too.  This makes for a super easy meal, and as I explained, it is SOOOOO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Dry Skin Brushing With How To Video

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I’ve finally gotten around to making a quick video of my skin brushing routine, so wanted to write a quick post about it.

Some of you may be familiar with dry skin brushing, or maybe you’ve heard of it, but aren’t really sure what it entails.  Basically, dry skin brushing is simply a matter of using a brush to brush your skin while it’s dry.  This may sound silly, but the benefits really are numerous.

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If you’ve never done skin brushing, then you are probably skeptical…I mean, how can simply rubbing a brush over your skin provide all these benefits?  I was the exact same way before I started dry skin brushing, but I figured, what can it hurt, so I gave it a shot four years ago, and have been hooked ever since.

I am here to tell you from personal experience that dry skin brushing does provide these various benefits when done regularly for an extended period of time.  So much so that when you are first starting out, you may find that you have a period of detox symptoms.  I had about a week or so of a bit of a headache, some diarrhea (sorry if that’s TMI), fatigue, and feeling a bit like I was coming down with a cold, but it never turned into one.  Thankfully, I knew this might happen, so I carried on, and those initial symptoms disappeared, and I started to notice less cellulite, brighter skin, areas of dry skin all but disappeared, my digestion improved, and I just had an overall lighter feeling about me.

I’m not saying this stuff will happen overnight, and I’m also not saying that dry skin brushing alone will make all this happen, but I am saying that dry skin brushing is a fantastic tool to implement into any healing program that you may be on.

Okay, let’s talk procedure.  There area many different ways to dry skin brush.  The main thing to remember is “towards the heart”.  When in doubt, always go towards the heart. The way that I do my dry skin brushing is very similar to a process that I found on Green Smoothie Girl’s website.  The following video is me demonstrating this process.

 

Notes from the video:

  • I am not a crazy cat lady (well, okay maybe I kinda am), but both of our cats made plenty of appearances in this video making it look like we have a gazillion cats.  I assure you, we only have two. 🙂
  • The brushes I briefly discussed on here are wood brushes with natural bristles, and the set of three shown can be purchased here.  At the time of this post, the entire set is just $13.99.
  • When you first start dry skin brushing, chances are, you’ll try to brush too hard.  The pressure should be gentle.  You’re not trying to scratch the skin.  Just brush over the skin gently with mild pressure.  It is normal to have a BIT of a pink color to your skin afterwards, especially when you’re first getting started, but skin should definitely not be red or painful afterwards.

Alrighty, guys!  I think that’s it!  Give it a try!  You’ve got nothing to lose, and lots of health benefits to gain!  Enjoy! 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and this video is not intended to diagnose or treat any type of disease or medical condition.  Always check with your medical professional before adding anything to your healthcare routine.

CLEANSING CUCUMBER SALAD

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As I mentioned in my last post, the week after Halloween is all about cleansing meals, so today’s lunch was no different!  I saw this pin on Pinterest for a sour cream and dill cucumber salad:

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It reminded me of how great cucumbers are for cleansing the body!  In general, cucumbers are about 95% water, and all that water acts as a broom in your body, sweeping waste and toxins out of your system.  Aiding in cleansing the system is not the only health benefit of cucumbers.  Some other include the following.

  • relieves heartburn
  • great for your skin
  • aids in weight loss
  • good for the eyes
  • reduces risk of several cancers
  • stabilizes blood pressure
  • helps digestion
  • good for the kidneys and gall bladder
  • reduces cholesterol

I decided to throw together a cucumber salad despite it being more of a summer dish.  It was light and delicious, just the way I wanted it to turn out.  Not only that, but it only contains 3 main ingredients (not including the dressing), and every single ingredient (including the dressing) aids in cleansing your system and providing essential nutrients.

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Ingredients: amounts depend on how many you are serving.  Use as much or as little of each ingredient as you would like.

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For the salad:

  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • English cucumber

For the dressing:

  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • fresh or dried oregano
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

1.) Chop your vegetables, set aside.

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2.) Add all the ingredients for the dressing to a small bowl and whisk together.

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3.) Combine the veggies and the dressing in a bowl and serve.

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See how easy?!?  You won’t be disappointed by the flavor either – it’s delicious!  Light, easy, healthy, and yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂