Massaged Kale, Sweet Potato, Pomegranate Salad

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HAPPY DECEMBER ya’ll!

Just like that, it’s time to prepare for Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!! Don’t mind me, I’m on a holiday high, our apartment is almost fully decorated (just need to add snowflakes) and the Christmas music is on 24/7. Not even kidding.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Legit, it was exhausting. I really enjoy hosting, but sometimes that sh*t is tiring af. From shopping, preparing, cooking, serving, and actually hosting, it’s ALOT of work.

I must admit, however, I had quite the blast.

MY favorite part was creating the ultimate menu that was both seasonally delish and healthy. But mostly delicious 😉

With all the heaviness that is typically associated with the season, I really opt for something light, nourishing and colorful. This is where my massaged kale salad comes in handy.

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Hearty winter greens are warming for the soul and loaded with flavor when paired properly. You know not just greens with lemon and salt. Give that sh*t a boost. Add some roasted sweet potato, pomegranate seeds and pepitas. Holy shiz. It’s da bomb dot com.

I’m sure it will be a favorite at your holiday table, and besides, it looks GORGEOUS as a starting course 😉 Great for BRUNCH, LUNCH and DINNER! Yaas.

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Sweet sweet stuffed sweet potato boats

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Okay ya’ll this sweet potato obsession is REAL! I cannot get enough of these bits of heaven.

I find myself appreciating this starchy sexy veg more after my 21-day sugar detox. I’ve actually continued to find ways to enjoy some sweet potato in my life. And sometimes (well, most of the time) if it looks pretty to eat, it’s more fun to eat.

This particular recipe just came out of no where. I kid you not. I had just gotten home from the farmer’s market and was STARVING. I took a peek at what I had (aside from what I brought home- which happened to be a ton of greens on greens on greens). My fridge was practically empty. My pantry was decent. But I, of course, had a bazillion sweet potatoes, left over citrus cilantro dipping sauce and a ton of kale on deck. So what’s a girl to do? Put that ish together in a sexy roasted sweet potato boat.

Okay, I know you’re salivating.

You want this, right now. In your belly. 

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Sweet Potato Brekkie Bowl with Tahini Dressing

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Can you tell I’m just a wee bit obsessed with sweet potato?

Last week I was such a grump. Aside from the unfortunate combination of PMS and detoxing, I was freakin’ hangry as f*ck. I LOVE food so if I have to overly think and overly strategize my food it takes away from my fun and leads to an unhappy G.

So far I’m on day 11 of my sugar detox with just 10 days to go. And I’m feeling good today but last week I was not nice. And the only thing that really saved me besides an entire avocado every single day: sweet potato.

Sweet potato and I are boos. We go way back. I didn’t like them much as a child but now that I know how to roast them and even make a hash out of them, there is no going back.

Now this recipe came out of nowhere.

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Sweet Potato + Black Bean Casserole {Heaven in your mouth}

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I must really really love myself. I made the bold decision to do a 21-day sugar detox. But wait. “G, don’t you already treat your body so good and don’t eat many sweets or use sweeteners?” This is true. Really true. Still…sometimes our bodies just need a break and need us to switch things up a bit.

See now this is no ordinary detox. I’m not eating BREAD or grains or my favorite fruits. I AM THE QUEEN OF AVOCADO TOAST! And I love rice. So this is no ordinary cleanse and this also means no pineapple or berries but I can have sour/pungent fruits (grapefruit or green apples- this tricks yo brain into thinking you’re having a sweet treat and lays those desires for sweets to rest).

It’s a ton of juggling but really an opportunity for me to train my palate and give my body a nice break. And when the poops are good, and the energy feels good, it’s aalllll good man.

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