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Massaged Kale Salad

Unfortunately breakfast didn’t hold me over for too long and my stomach started grumbling around 10:30am. 😦 Though I really loved the way the granola tasted, I think I’m going to use it as a topping on my oats instead because it didn’t last long over yogurt. It gives a nice crunch but apparently doesn’t have much staying power. I held off for a little bit, but then had an orange around 11:30am, cut up in my new favorite style.

I swear cutting it up into 16 pieces instead of 8 makes the biggest difference… it feels like more and it takes me a lot longer to eat. This held me over until it was an appropriate time to dive into my lunch (after 12 or else I get too hungry by 5!)

The star today was a Massaged Kale Salad. I’ve seen this mentioned several places and never knew what it meant exactly, but its quite literal. You massage olive oil and salt into the kale with your hands, ideally for 2 minutes or so. The olive oil makes it more tender and the salt takes away the natural bitterness of the kale. Plus, it’s a perfect excuse to play with your food! I’ve been using baby kale so its naturally pretty tender, but if you use mature kale you want to just tear away the stems. Kale is such a nutritional powerhouse so I love to find new (to me) ways to use it.

On top of the massaged kale, I put a serving of cubed tofu, 1/2 a roasted red pepper chopped up, and 1 oz crumbled light feta (from Trader Joe’s). Kind of a random combination but it really worked! The kale got super tender and the salt really took away from the bitterness. This is definitely going to be my new go-to way to eat kale in salads. So good! With the salad, I had a toasted whole wheat Thomas Bagel Thin with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese.

And a sliced raw red bell pepper.

It was unplanned having peppers two ways in this lunch but it worked well! I love red bell peppers – they are so sweet and crunchy and I actually don’t even like to use dip or anything on them because I love the flavor so much.

Just a few more hours until 5pm and I’ve been thinking of a challenging workout to do for tonight and I think I’ve found one! I’ll be back later to tell you how it goes!

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7 Responses

  1. I have only tried kale in oven roasted form – definitely need to try the massaged kale in salads, it looks wonderful.

  2. How funny! I just raved about the ‘bagel thins’ on my snack post! 🙂 Great little snack isn’t it!? I love all the new ‘healthy’ products that grocery stores are starting to carry! 🙂 Makes life easier!

  3. You oranges looks so good! We can’t find any good & juicy ones here in FLORIDA of all places……=(

  4. Wow. That salad looks amazing!

    So does the granola! I’ll just comment about it here since I’m already on here, lol. I’m going to have to try that!

  5. the mid-morning grumble- I know what that feels like! Good snack choice!

    I love the look of your lunch too- yum!

  6. […] Can you believe I had never had kale until this year? It’s now one of my go-to farmer’s market purchases because its delicious, nutritious and super cheap. My three favorite ways to use it are in casseroles (like my cheesy kale, squash pasta bake), kale chips, and massaged kale salads. […]

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