I woke up Tuesday morning and immediately knew something wasn’t right. My body ached. My arms felt like lead pipes. And my throat… tears came to my eyes as I tried to swallow. I officially felt like garbage. I struggled to drink my morning juice (a combination of apples, cucumbers and ginger) — it was tasty, it was more the act of drinking that pained me. It gave me the energy boost I needed to get some work done. About Noon, I sucked it up and popped an Aleve. I was feeling worse as the day progressed. Luckily, it was fairly quiet as work days go and so most of my afternoon was spent curled up with my iPad on the couch. Wednesday, I woke up feeling slightly better. My body didn’t ache quite as much but my throat was in worse shape. Talking was brutal. Not a good thing when I had a conference call and a client meeting on my calendar. A high powered dose of Vitamin C was in order. We made a juice of carrots, oranges and ginger. It was enough to get me talking, but still in pain. I decided to use some of the knowledge M and I learned while watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead to the curb: spoiler alert… it worked.
With dinner (a grilled bone-in chicken breast stuffed with lemon slices), I whipped up a Superfood Salad. And, I have a pseudo recipe for you! Shocking, I know.
In a large bowl, add 1/2 a bag of Trader Joe’s Shaved Brussel Sprouts. (You could also shave them by hand, if you don’t have these at your local TJ’s.)
Take 5-6 medium sized kale leaves. Cut out the stems and lay the leaves on top of one another. Roll the kale leaves up in a tight roll, and thinly slice them crosswise. Add the shredded kale to the bowl.
Next, lightly toast some almonds on the stovetop. Add those to the bowl along with dried cranberries.
For the dressing, combine 1/2 a shallot, minced, 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard, the juice and zest of one lemon, 2 teaspoons of agave syrup and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk to combine.
Add the dressing in the salad and toss to combine. Sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese.