Super Simple & Sweet Kale Salad {Gluten-Free}

I’ve been eating this kale salad at least once a week for the last few months and decided I probaaaabbbllyyyy shouldn’t keep this recipe a secret any longer. That would be rude ;)

I decided to name it the Super Simple & Sweet Kale Salad because, well, it’s simple.  And it’s a little sweet.  The perfect complement side dish for a grilled piece of chicken or fish on a weeknight!

I actually never measure anything when I make this, so it turns out a teeny bit different every time – but I really like that about this salad.  Plus 7 out of 8 of the ingredients are superfoods – for real. 
Super Sweet Kale Salad.jpgI actually brought this dish to my recent camping trip with some friends and it was the first thing completely devoured from their plates- then they asked for more and it was already gone.  #truestory.  So to make up it up to them I promised to post the recipe soon.

With all of the superfoods in this side dish (add a some grilled chicken or salmon to make it a complete meal), it gives me lots of energy plus a nice immune system boost (gotta get those vitamins and nutrients in!)

Along with the kale, the apple cider vinegar is probably the biggest immune system booster.  There are so many reasons to use ACV and love it- see for yourself these 7 reasons why.

Super Simple & Sweet Kale Salad {Gluten-Free} Serves 2-4

  • 1 bunch of kale (bonus points if if’s local), washed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese (I always find mine at Aldis)
  • handful of walnuts, chopped
  • handful of dried cranberries

For the dressing

  • 2 TB of olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (might need to use the other half depending on how “juicy” the lemon is)
  • 1 TB honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing.  Mix well. Do a quick taste test and add a little more of whatever you choose – maybe a little more lemon juice, a little more olive oil, honey or salt.  Play around with it until it’s suitable for your palate.
  2. Add torn kale pieces.  Massage together using your bare hands until wilted.
  3. Top with goat cheese crumbles, walnuts and dried cranberries.
  4. Eat! Feel awesome.

If you liked this kale recipe you just might be interested in my Massaged Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnuts and Blue Cheese.  (pssst- try substituting the squash for sweet potatoes! Eat the foods that are in season.)

Oh, FYI, I’ve been SUPER into podcasts lately and have been crushing hard-core on the Wellness Wonderland.  Katie is basically my hero.  Give it a listen and just try not to be inspired.  I dare ya.

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xoxo Alisha

Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget {Part 4} + a FREE 7 Day “Back on Track” Meal Plan!

Hellooooo there!  I’m thrilled you’re here for the 4th and final installment of my Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget series!  I’m ending this series with a bang and giving away a free 7 day “back on track” meal plan for you!  Keep reading to get the free PDF and if you missed the first three posts or need a refresher, you can view them here:

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My 4th and favorite tip for eating healthy on a budget is obvious, yet crucial to staying on a budget while eating healthy.

Tip #4: Plan Your Meals!

  • By spending a little bit of time preparing and making a grocery list before going grocery shopping, you are saving dozens of dollars by only buying what you need for the week.
  • On the day you go grocery shopping, take a few minutes before you leave to do an inventory of what you already have in your kitchen and base your meals off of that.  This is such a money $aver!
  • Make a grocery list before you go….and only buy what’s on the list!! This trick has saved me soooo much money over the years.  It’s tempting to throw things into the cart, but when I’m on a budget I find that making a list before I go and checking it off in the store helps immensely.
  • When you plan your meals ahead of time, you can plan to eat much healthier and as a result only purchase healthy foods.  When you get home from a long day of work and the last thing you want to do it think about “what’s for dinner”- a meal plan is your life-saver!  Already knowing what you’re eating and knowing it’s a healthy meal is like golddddd.
  • One of my favorite parts about meal planning is that it helps me eat out way less during the week.  Having an idea of what I’m going to eat prevents me from caving and buying a $10 salad (when I could have made it myself for $4!).
  • If you’ve never tried meal planning before, you’re in luck.  I’ve done all of the work for you for 1 whole week- breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  Complete with a grocery list and recipes on how to make everything.   If you’re curious to see how it is to eat at home all week, eating whole foods and on a budget- give this plan a try.  You will love it!

Click here to get your FREE 7 Day “Back on Track” Meal Plan!

Do you plan your meals for the week?  What are you favorite reasons for meal planning?Favorite tips for planning your meals before grocery shopping?

xoxo Alisha

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Berry Good Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

Even though I’m back from our camping trip, I keep finding myself daydreaming about waking up in my tent and immediately starting a fire for breakfast.  There’s something therapeutic about having to boil water above a fire to make my coffee for the morning- #totallyserious. And then spending the entire day hiking, fishing, and eating meals when I’m hungry and not based on the clock is pretty much my dream come true.  (I realize that this obsession with wanting to live in the woods might be slightly unhealthy.)

People do this, right?  Like living in the woods is a thing?  Please tell me this isn’t all in my head and I’m not totally making this up.  If you want to crush my dreams you can tell me otherwise.  No pressure.  Actually maybe I just want to be able to cook all of my meals off of this pig grill for the rest of my life.  (We literally cooked every single meal off of this little guy during the trip.)

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If I were camping and wanted a quick and healthy breakfast waiting for me the minute I walked out of the tent, I would definitely eat this.  The chia seeds would give me plenty of fiber, healthy omega-3 fats, protein and so much energy to tackle those mountains for the day. A girl can dream right?

Back to reality here- I’ve been eating this berry good (pun intended!) chia seed breakfast bowl pretty much all summer.  I spend about 2 solid minutes preparing everything the night before and can eat an abundance of summer fruits right when I wake up.

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Berry Good Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice) + 1 TB
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries, including juices
  • Drizzle of maple syrup + other desired toppings: almond butter, granola, chopped nuts, etc.
  1. In your breakfast bowl mix together the chia seeds, milk, greek yogurt and scant pinch of salt until very well incorporated.
  2. Chop berries of choice- I used strawberries and blueberries in this picture but I love adding raspberries and blackberries to the mix when I have them on hand.
  3. Pour all of the berries on top of the chia mixture, including the juices that run off when you chop the berries.  I have used frozen berries before (just poured some frozen berries right on top) and in the morning they have defrosted with the juices spread out on top.  DELISH.
  4. In the morning the pudding will be very thick.  Depending on your preference, you can leave it as is it or add a TB of milk or so to loosen it up a bit.
  5. Add rest of toppings of choice.  I usually pour a little pure maple syrup and a dollop of almond butter on top. Cinnamon is always a lovely choice as well!
  6. Enjoy!

xoxo Alisha

Do you ever make your breakfast the night before to have ready when you wake up in the morning?  Who wants to move to the woods with me? (I’m accepting applications ;) )

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P.S. If you like this chia bowl you might be interested in my Pumpkin Chia Breakfast Bowl too or my Cranberry Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal