I briefly mentioned to you that I've been hitting the greens hard lately, and I wanted to provide a little recipe in case you're interested in trying out some things. this is highly customizable.
raw kale is something of an acquired taste, I'll shoot straight with you.
a bit stronger and tougher than lettuce or spinach. but when it has been marinated and massaged in oil and seasonings, the harsh tastes are softened and become very delicious.
and, the pesto! pesto makes everything come out right in the end. this version is raw, with lots of garlic and fresh herbs and pumpkin seeds and plenty of olive oil.
1 bunch kale, chopped into tiny pieces. I love lacinato kale but if you can only find curly kale, that's okay.
1 garlic bulb, peeled
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch parsley
2 handfuls pumpkin seeds
olive oil, to taste
sea salt, to taste
wash the kale, dry and chop it into small pieces. set aside.
add the other ingredients into your food processor or blender, if you have a powerful one.
drizzle a bit of oil and some salt in there. process into chunky.
add in more oil. taste and salt as necessary. the garlic is super powerful but calms down a lot when refrigerated.
when the pesto is the consistency you like, scoop it into a big bowl with the kale. massage it in.
this sounds crazy but the craziest part is the total transformation of the kale from too tough to delicious and edible.
eat immediately, or keep it in the fridge until you want it. the flavors are definitely even better when they sit a while.
life is awesome right now, but the skies are super grey and frozen and rainy, and somehow that makes me instantly forget the good stuff and feel sad.
and this is savannah! in two weeks it will be 75 again!
how do they survive in the north?
anyway, I was thinking about the things I do to get through this funk, and I wanted to share. because everyone is probably feeling a little of this these days.
1. get up and get going why are beds so much more cozy these days? I'm not saying you can't sleep in a little, but I know the crazy cycle of hitting snooze and dreading the chilly air outside of the blankets. it works best for me to just do it. and then drink some coffee and get going. don't mope around too long. be active. find some friends or strangers to be around if you don't have to go directly to work. keep going. don't look at the sky.
2. eat (or drink) something green for me this means putting about four cups of spinach into the blender, about half a lemon's juice, a little stevia and some herbal immunity drops I picked up the health food store and have been trying to sneak in somehow. it sounds terrible but it's quite good and feels strengthening. I drink it right when I wake up and then eat a lot of kale and veggies for lunch and dinner as well. there could be a lot more posts on this, but the presence of greens in my daily eating makes an incredible difference. when I start off eating greens, I don't feel like I need cheese by four pm. it's amazing. also, my skin is about seventeen times more clean. just a little perk. 3. dance a ton in the active category. extremely effective for those days when you 1. don't want to go out into the rainy cold 2. slept in too long and have fifteen minutes left for a workout 3. want to feel happy but don't. the best way to do this is to put on some music and dance. it's that simple. the more intense your dance moves, the less painful it will feel to take off all your clothes and get into the shower. also, endorphins. - - - - - so those are my quick tips.
I'm dying to hear what you guys do to keep your spirits up/ stay moving these days!