When we think of wellness lots of things come to mind: meditation, yoga, journaling. But how often do we associate our diet with wellness? I want to make sure you know I don’t mean “diet” as in “dieting” because I’m not a huge fan of diets. By definition, the word diet means “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats“. What we eat and what it does to our body has a lot to do with our wellness. A healthy dish that I consistently try to incorporate into my diet are salads. I know salads don’t always sound like the “fun” option but I want to share two of my favorite “go to” recipes that are super easy and actually quite tasty!
Fake Kale Caesar Salad
Kale is a great leafy green to incorporate in your diet. Though I enjoy kale, it can often be a bit rough and not really a crowd favorite. What I like to do to soften it up is mix kale with a little bit of hummus, salt, and pepper. Once you get the hummus really mixed into the kale, sprinkle in some shredded Parmesan cheese and viola! You’ve got yourself a pretty yummy and much healthier version of a caesar salad. The hummus dressing on the kale gives the texture of caesar dressing…at least that what my family says, haha!
I like to mix one of these up when my family has the occasional Pizza Friday (gotta throw in some fun food when we can). My kids absolutely love it and they are getting in some nutritious veggies along the way!
Cucumber Tomato Chickpea Salad
Another family favorite is a salad I make with diced cucumbers, halved grape tomatoes, and chickpeas. Once I have all the veggies cut up and mixed in a bowl together, I add a little white wine (red wine) vinegar, olive oil, plus salt & pepper to taste. This one is best served chilled if you can but it’s fine to eat right away as well. I sometimes get “fancy” and add fresh chopped but parsley…or the dried kind.
For me, it’s all about having healthy diet options readily available. Both of these salads are super quick and easy to make. I sometimes make big batches to have ready in the fridge as lunch for me or my kids. They also don’t require a ton of ingredients. The best dishes to help encourage healthy eating are simple and quick to make.
Now that we’re in the month of March (the official first month of Spring), let’s all continue to stay focused on those early year wellness goals and ensure that our diet is reflected in our wellness journey decisions. Bon appetit!