How to Turn A Boring Salad

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My most recent love has been bare foot running. Yes, that's right. I spent last weekend galloping with naked feet around Founder's park in Old Town Alexandria.

Strange looks aside, it was the most invigorating experience I have had running in quite some time:I would highly recommend trying it!

And in addition to the fun of feeling your toes squishing through the damp grass, there is some fascinating information on www.grounding.com that discusses the energetic benefits to connecting with the Earth.

Ok, so enough rambling and on to that which really brought you to this post!

"After just one session with Christi I felt lighter, more energy, improved digestion and have ALREADY LOST 5 POUNDS!" -Sarah P, Mom of 8 Month Old

Food = Productivity

When was the last time you had 3 large plates or bowls of vegetables in a day? You would be amazed at how much mental energy and clarity you will gain from upping your veggie game.

You may even find yourself zipping around at those often wasted post-dinner hours, cleaning your house, finishing a brief, journaling your life's most fascinating achievements, trying out a new recipe, composing a new song, reading a new book, or taking a moon-lit jog.

Sleeping pills are a thing of the past. Your new secret weapon for sleep is a digestion-free night.

The possibilities are endless when you feed your body the right fuel at the right time. Digestion is HARD WORK and SLOWS. YOU. DOWN.

There is a secret weapon that few are aware of - and many of those that are think "that will never work for me".

The truth is that heavy, cooked foods are difficult and slow to digest.

And as I mentioned in my previous post, when you cook food you lose 100% of your enzymes. This is THE WORST thing you could do when trying to gain energy for a project.

Enzymes = Energy!

So, the secret is to getting the most productivity bang for your buck is to eat foods that naturally contain digestive enzymes. That way, your body doesn't have to do all of the work itself.

Salads are full of enzymes that help your body digest them for you - freeing up all of your digestive energy to do much more productive things - like letting the brain and body peacefully get some deep sleep at night or kicking the neurons into high-gear so you can finish that proposal in record time.

CAUTION - you may even find yourself springing out of bed in the morning!

We challenge you to try the formula outlined below - commit and follow through like never before:and watch the magic unfold!

Greens Really Are Oh So Glorious!

The first component to getting those neurons firing is to fill the energy craving in your tank.

Greens are the #1 food missing in modern diets. Think about it! You how often do you see green leafy vegetables served in American restaurants?

How often are these vegetables the center of a meal, instead of a measly side dish??

It's important to learn the amazing benefits of green leafy vegetables so that you can start to reach your highest health!

YES! Greens are that important. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that aren't as good for you and foods that make you sick.

PLUS, the more you fill up on broccoli, kale, collards, or sprouts, the less room you'll have for other less-worthy foods.

Greens have amazing benefits: they help strengthen the blood and respiratory systems; they are especially good for people who live in large cities and rarely breathe in fresh air or see fields of green in the countryside.

Green is also the color of Spring - when the majority of greens sprout up (although some greens do appear in late fall, like kale).

Spring is a time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy. This is nature's way of giving us a detoxification tool after a long winter of hibernation, "stocking up" and storing fat.

Therefore, greens are great for blood purification and detox. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity.

So Much More than a Multi-Vitamin!

Greens are great for:

  • blood purification
  • strengthening the immune system
  • cancer prevention
  • improving circulation
  • promoting healthy intestinal flora
  • promoting subtle, light and flexible energy
  • lifting the spirit and elimination of depression
  • improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function
  • clearing congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus

Exactly What Are These Glorious Gifts of Nature?

Greens will form the base of your salad - you can add variety and flavors by choosing some of the following:

  • Lettuces such as leaf, butter, romaine, arugula, mesclun and watercress
  • Mild, soft nutrient dense greens like chard, spinach, beet tops, mustard, dandelion and carrot tops
  • Nutrient packed powerhouses of denser greens such as kale and collard
  • Play around with combinations and flavors - mustard greens, for example, give a nice strong horseradish-like spice while watercress is quite peppery.

If you're new to a green, it's best to fill the majority of your medium to large mixing bowl - YES, I said MIXING BOWL! - with mild greens such as spinach, leaf, butter, romaine and chard.

Then toss in small amounts of one or two new greens to gradually introduce them to your palate so you can begin to acquire the taste for them.

It doesn't take long to start to see the changes in your energy and your waistline when you start adding more greens into your diet.

Once you make it a habit of consuming greens you will begin to notice your skin appears much clearer as your pores seem to have disappeared, your age spots, rosacea and skin tags may even vanish!

You will also be surprised at how filling they are - which means you won't be reaching for those quick pick-me-up drinks and snacks that sabotage health and weight goals.

The next step in making a blazing hot salad that will sizzle your waist and your taste buds is to think outside the box when adding toppings to your salad.

Toppings that are filling, comforting and pack a nutritional punch:

  • Sprouted or cooked beans such as fenugreek, mung, lentil, garbanzo (chick pea), black, kidney, etc.
  • Tiny green sprouts such as broccoli, arugula, buckwheat lettuce, sunflower shoots and pea shoots
  • Colorful, steamed, marinated or raw vegetables such as beets, broccoli, carrots, tomato, avocado, cucumber, cauliflower and bell peppers
  • Fermented vegetables like kimchi, sauerkraut, chutney or live cultured pickles
  • Seaweeds such as dulse, nori, wakame or kelp noodles
  • Superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, turmeric, cinnamon, curry and Himalayan sea salt
  • Nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hemp, chia and freshly ground flax
  • These amazing toppings will boost your amounts of protein and healthy fats while also giving you digestive aids and natural probiotics to gift your body with bounds of energy.

This "salad" (if we can even really call it that !) will not only leave you stuffed and satisfied, it will also curb your sweet tooth, eliminate the afternoon slump and brain fog, and even get your neurons firing faster so your smarter and more productive during the times when most others are moving at a snails pace because they didn't know to fuel their bodies with these powerful secrets!

Miraculous Potion = Dressing!

The final component to our secret weapon of productivity is the miraculous potion that brings it all together - the dressing.

The secret to a powerful potion that tastes amazing but won't pack on the pounds is to KISS it! - Keep It Super Simple!!

It needs to be easily and quickly assembled in your own kitchen and ready for its salad debut in as little as two shakes of a mason jar.

For beginners, try something like garlic, ginger, oil (olive, hemp or flax), freshly squeezed lemon or lime, and a splash of raw apple cider vingar. Give it a quick whirl in the blender and then store it in the refrigerator in a portable-sized jar with a tight fitting lid.

You can also add some delicious veggies combos to your dressing, such as:

  • cucumber/mint
  • cauliflower/rosemary
  • red pepper/sweet onion
  • avocado/herb

Get curious about how healthy your dressing can be!

Adding a variety of dressings will make your taste buds sing and keep you out of the "oh: not another salad" rut.

You can take the same leftover ingredients from your dinner the night before and toss them in a great new flavorful dressing - PRESTO - whole new meal!

You can check out a great creamy comforty dressing recipe, here.

We'd love to hear your results!! Let us know how these amazing foods have improved your life by commenting on this post or our Facebook page!

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