Recipes of Hope

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One of the hardest things about eating healthier is figuring out what to make, especially if you're eliminating quick and easy processed foods from your diet. Making meals from whole foods frequently requires more advance planning and greater preparation time. To help you on the path to healthier eating, we are providing links to some of our favorite whole food recipes and including health benefits of the ingredients. With this information at your fingertips, you can make these recipes and know how they are helping your body to heal as you eat. Not only is this good for your body, it's great for your mind and maintaining a positive mind-body connection focused on empowerment and hope.

As with any type of wellness support, it is important to fully research and form your own opinion on utilizing the ingredients in these recipes in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.

Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Paleo, Optional Vegan

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Recommended Adjustments

  • To make vegan, eliminate the Parmesan cheese

  • Make this salad the night before you plan to eat it and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. It tastes even better the next day.

  • This recipe makes A LOT of salad. Unless you're planning to feed a large group, we suggest using only a 1/2 bunch of kale and 1/2 lb of brussels sprouts.

  • The linked recipe calls for candied pecans. We strongly recommend replacing the candied pecans with either raw (healthiest) or toasted almonds to eliminate sugar and maximize nutrition.

Health Benefits

The key components of this salad are Brussels sprouts, kale, butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and almonds. Almost all of these ingredients are both anti-inflammatory as well as high in antioxidants, protecting your body from harmful free radicals, chronic oxidative stress and inflammation. (Over time, chronic inflammation can cause DNA damage, aiding cancerous tumor growth.) The glucosinolates in Brussels sprouts form isothiocyanates, which in turn activate cancer-fighting enzyme systems in the body. Indole-3-carbinol, a phytonutrient in kale, helps repair DNA damage in cells while also slowing the growth of cancer cells. This salad is also a great source of fiber (to help your digestive function and keep your system regulated) as well as many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, potassium, manganese, folate and other B vitamins to name a few.

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