Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians! Hope you are all enjoying a barbeque with a couple drinks in true Canadian fashion ;)
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Today I bring you a recipe with a little pop of red that will help get this day of notoriously not-so-healthy eating off to a great start!
Breakfast is probably my most favourite meal of the day and one of my favourites kinds of recipes to create. There’s just something about starting the day of right with a delicious meal that sets you up for the rest of the day. I often go to bed already excited for what I have planned!
The problem was that given my busy schedule, my breakfasts were getting boring. No time to plan combined with too little time in the morning, got me into a breakfast rut. I lost inspiration and even m beloved green smoothies were lack lustre. But then one morning when faced with a sparse fridge with only a little kale and an apple, magic happened.
And that magic was an apple and kale salad with almond butter dressing.
The idea of a breakfast salad is nothing new. Gena has been doing them for ages and she actually recently posted one that looks amazing! But it was a new thing for me and I honestly didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. My heart was won over though with the combination of steamed kale, crisp apple, sweet almond butter and pumpkin seeds.
It’s an incredibly nourishing way to start your day as well. Tons of fiber, vitamin C, minerals, and healthy fats. It’s so filling too! When you blend all these ingredients up in a smoothie, they go down like nothing in 5 minutes flat. But when you actually have to chew each bite it fills you up wayyy more. I actually split this up into two breakfasts usually- before I leave the house and one a couple hours later. It comes together very quick too. Just need to steam the kale and assemble!
This recipe is more of a template than a real recipe. Feel free to play with it!
Here are a few of my favourite ways to change it up:
Apple Kale Breakfast Salad with Almond Butter Dressing (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Paleo, SCD)
1/2 a bunch of kale, steamed till just bright green
1 apple, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/4 of an avocado, diced
4 strawberries, sliced
small handful pumpkin seeds
sprinkle of coconut flakes
Ways to change it up!
sauté the apple in a little coconut oil and cinnamon instead of enjoying raw
or try a different fruit like pears
top with a handful of your favourite granola
toss in some dried fruit
add some steamed squash or sweet potato or even some pre-cooked grain
change up the pumpkin seeds for other nuts
anything else you can think of!
First steam your kale. Prep other ingredients while you're waiting. Then mix up your dressing and assemble. Eat to your heart's content :)
Have you guys every eaten a salad for breakfast?
Since going vegan, I have found myself eating a lot of “weird things” for breakfast. Like leftovers from lunch or dinner (soups, curries, quinoa pilafs, etc.). Even salads, but they were always “lunch style" salads. This one felt like breakfast in every way!