Kale Salad Anyone?
Kale salad gets all the hype these days. And, it certainly should- as a delicious green that is packed full of nutrients, kale gets the good rep that it deserves. Walking downtown in Toronto last week, we noticed a sign in the window of Freshii- offering their newest meal- a salad that includes the infamous kale! Is kale really going mainstream now?
Realistically we know there are lots of people out there who haven't experienced the phenomenon of kale. How do we know? Because we talk to them every day. Or, it's very common for people to have hear of kale and to be curious about how to prepare the green veg...but they haven't quite ventured over to the other side yet.
We like to keep things fresh and exciting in the kitchen, so we have a new spin on our classic favorite- kale salad.
This is the Kale Seaweed Detox Salad. If you think kale is a super power house, you should meet seaweed- the next step up, loaded with trace minerals that are often missing from the diet (unless you live by the ocean and eat tons of seafood).
How do you support the thyroid?
Eating seaweed is one of the best ways to flavour, season, and salt your food. It's super salty. But it's not just plain sodium- the culprit in high blood pressure. Seaweed contains all the other minerals, including potassium and magnesium- which are needed to keep sodium in balance.
Seaweed supports the thyroid- one of the glands that many people struggle to support today. Overworked, overstressed, and under-expressed- the thyroid suffers (along with other endocrine system glands). When the thyroid doesn't work properly, the thyroid hormones don't work optimally- which is a problem for maintaining metabolism and all the cellular interactions. An under-active thryoid can manifest as low energy, weight gain, hormonal imbalance, and a ton of other symptoms.
Seaweed can help- it is rich in iodide- which is the most important nutrient for the thyroid to function and create thyroid hormones.
Are you self expressed?
But while you are at it- express yourself too. Imbalances and health issues are never just a physical thing. Our emotional, energetic, and spiritual health impact the physical body. And when something is a little bit off- the body signal us my creating physical issues. If you find that you are dealing with some thyroid issues- take a look at yourself.
Are you truly, deeply expressed?
Are you living your passion?
Are you saying everything that needs to be said?
Is there something that you need to communicate?
Eating foods that support the thyroid, like seaweed, can actually support you in all of these things and can give you a little boost of self expression on a subtle level.
Kale Seaweed Detox Salad
2 cups kale, chopped 1 cup mixed salad field greens 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped small handful dried wakame seaweed small handful dried arame seaweed
2 tsp toasted sesame oil 2 tsp umeboshi plum vinegar
sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds
1. Soak the wakame and arame in small bowls of warm water for 5 minutes. The seaweed will hydrate and expand in size, and become soft. 2. Chop the kale and cucumber. 3. Combine the greens and toss together with toasted sesame oil and umeboshi plum vinegar. 4. Add the hydrated seaweed and sprinkle seeds on top.