Resolutions - Let 2014 Begin

I'm always a tiny bit blue after the Winter holidays are over. The magic has subsided, elves put away and no more gift giving. Not to mention, I also feel a bit gluttonous after such a big event; all the toys and money spent makes my stomach turn. 

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But I'm not here to complain but instead turn that frown upside down and look at the bright side: a new year is about to begin! A rebirth of sorts and a chance to clean house, clean up the credit cards and clean out the body! CHEERS TO THAT! 

In fact, my body is currently full of bouncing molecules - potential energy - ready to take on 2014 in just 2 days and put the past behind me! 

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Cleaning up my diet is one of the easiest things for me start with. After gutting the fridge and dusting off of some of my own mental cobwebs that have set in since November, I am ready to go!

How about you?

Need some motivation? Don't worry, I will be posting clean food tips and recipes throughout January, just for us and our New Years health food resolutions. Today I'm sharing my quick, clean, plant-based,  go-to meal when I am really hungry but don't want any of the dairy or gluten or packaged foods. 

There is no better resolution to make this year than treating your body right - help fight and prevent disease, get strong and fit, watch your skin clear up, feel mental clarity and positivity - it's just the best thing you can do for yourself and your family! Cheers to eating more plants and less crap! 

My New Years Resolution Salad 

{serves 2 main dishes}

 

salad

1 cup dry quinoa

2 cups water {for cooking quinoa}

1/4 lb chopped kale {about 1 - 2 cups tightly packed}

1/2 Tbls jalapeno or other spicy pepper, finely chopped

green onion

1/2 tsp sea salt and pepper {more or less}

chopped herbs like cilantro or parsley

1/2 avocado

 

dressing

1 lemon, juiced

1 Tbls toasted sesame oil

1 -2 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated or squeezed with garlic press

1 1/2 tsp sweetener of choice, I used Ginger People's ginger syrup {optional}

1/2 tsp sea salt and pepper {more or less}

Cook quinoa according to instructions {about 20 minutes} on stovetop. In the meantime, finely chop kale, removing the thick stems first, and other vegetables and herbs. Combine with sea salt in a bowl. 

Add warm {not too hot} quinoa to veggies. Toss and toss. Add dressing ingredients as well. I actually add each ingredient separately to the main dish but if you prefer you can mix the dressing in a separate cup first. It's up to you and your cooking style. 

Eat immediately! Enjoy and Happy New Year!