If I’m honest, I’ve never really been a breakfast person. Breakfast always seemed like the “forced meal.” I never felt hungry upon waking. I was more of an 11 AM or noon kinda girl. And by then, I was in the mood for Greek salads and sandwiches vs. omelettes and croissants. As a result, I took lunch VERY seriously. With more hours to prep my first meal (where breakfast always felt rushed and always ended up “on-the go”), I recently realized that I love taking the time putting together fresh, savory ingredients that not only fill, but fulfill. Without further adieu, I’ve got one favorite lunch-time recipe, designed to make you glow from the inside out. I introduce the easiest salad in all the land: Citrus Butternut Kale. Let’s go!
If you’re like me, hearing “Butternut Kale Salad with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil” makes you salivate. In my eyes, there isn’t a more glow-worthy salad that’s easier to make. You can make this with Purple or Green Kale; I chose green because it bounces off the yellow Butternut Squash beautifully. All you need is:
2 cups Kale
2 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup Cooked Butternut Squash
Optional Add-Ins: Chopped Up Almonds/Shaved Coconut/Shaved Parmesan
Mix everything in a medium sized bowl (or glass tupperware if bringing to work) and toss lightly. Crunchy, juicy, and detoxifying on every level. The Butternut Squash from the inside out, thanks to its rich supply of pH-balancing and skin-cell-turnover-boosting vitamin A. The nutrient helps keep your skin’s pH on the acidic side (just enough to keep bacteria at bay) and promotes cell turnover, so your skin doesn’t become dry, rough, and scaly. As if that weren’t enough, winter squash also gives you sunburn-protective and wrinkle-fighting beta carotene and vitamin C.
And if you’ve been living on Plane Earth for the last few years, you’ve probably heard that Kale is a power-nutrient packed full of skin-boosters. Kale is a rich source of vitamin K. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that helps you stay less bloated, which can prevent puffiness on the face. Plus, the sulfur content in kale aids in reducing redness and flakiness, while keeping circulation healthy, and helps to remove toxins from our bodies. Throw in lemon juice (to cleanse and detox) and olive oil (to alkaline and lubricate muscles) and you’ve got one serious skin-fully sweet salad. And of course, feel free to throw in any of the above add-ins to add more flavor. Either way, enjoy every bite knowing you’re crunching into something good and good for you!
Bon Appetit, beauty birds!