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Skin Glow Salad
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Hi everyone! 

Today's post complements the Skin Glow Foods video on YouTube. I've been having a few conversations on the channel lately about the importance of tending to our physical bodies so that we can feel good, both physically and mentally, when we're tending to our creative work. Our bodies are our creative vessels. And if we take care of them, they'll show up and take care of us when we want to get to the juicy stuff, the creative stuff. This has nothing to do with being superficial. Our bodies give us the opportunity to express ourselves creatively in this physical world, so taking care of them is taking care of our creativity. 

With that said, I talked about my three favorites skin glow foods: papaya, avocado and dark leafy greens. If you want to learn a little more about them, check out the vid =) But really, these foods give me so much more than just glowy skin. They're three of my daily staples for my overall health and wellbeing. They're filled with enzymes, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that keep my body strong, healthy, and yes GLOWING on the inside and out.

I love incorporating these foods into my daily meals. They work especially well in smoothies and salads. Avocado with extra-virgin olive oil complements pretty much anything, but I especially love adding this combo to soups or stews.  

To make it really easy for you to incorporate them into your daily regimen, I thought it'd be fun (and useful) to create a recipe that includes all three of these little health warriors. This salad works great as a yummy and energizing light lunch, and it's also a delicious side dish. 

 

Skin Glow Salad (1 serving) 

Ingredients 

For the Salad
1/2 cup papaya chunks
1/2 avocado
2 handfuls of your favorite organic dark leafy greens
(spinach, kale, Swiss chard etc. all work great) 
Goat/sheep milk feta cheese (to crumble on top, optional)
1 tbsp hemp seeds (to sprinkle on top, optional) 

For the Dressing
2 tbsps organic extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsps red wine vinegar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsps coconut aminos/ or a dash of Real Salt
(I highly recommend investing in a bottle of coconut aminos, they're a delicious and healthful alternative to soy sauce, my favorite brand is Coconut Secret: http://amzn.to/2pw5KTT

Mix all dressing ingredients in measuring cup/mug. Add 2 tbsps of dressing to bottom of your favorite salad bowl. Add greens and papaya chunks. Toss well making sure that all leaves are covered with dressing. Garnish with avocado slices, crumble feta (if using) and hemp seeds. If you like, drizzle remaining dressing on top; the dressing also stores well in the fridge for a few days if you have any left over =) 

Enjoy and may you all glow from the inside out! 

With love and creativity,

Leah <3

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words & photos by Leah Salinas
 

Creamy Goat Cheese Guacamole

As a lover of all things creamy & goat cheesy, I'm surprised that I didn't come up with this combination sooner, but my beau gets credit for this one. As you may have read in some of my previous posts, we recently moved in together, which means that I've now got a co-chef in the kitchen! Bringing someone else into the mix has infused my culinary adventures with fresh inspiration. I can be a little bit of a know-it-all when I put on my chef's hat (#human), but I've noticed that when I put my bossy-pants aside, I can actually get some valuable input from my man. Which yields amazingly delicious recipes. Like this one!

On my quest for discovering foods that nourish creativity, I'm always on the look out for brain- and immune-boosting ingredients. When our brain receives the nourishment that it needs, those synapses can start firing up to generate creative thoughts. And when our immune systems are working optimally, our bodies have more energy to devote to creative endeavors. This recipe features two superstars that support both of these functions:

Avocados ~ The fats in avos keep our brain cells flexible. They are also high in monounsaturated fatty acids which help protect the nerve cells in our brains that support our information-carrying nerves.*

Habañero Peppers ~ These cute but spicy little peppers contain a high concentration of vitamin C; a powerful antioxidant and a potent immunity booster. I've also noticed that the spice in habañeros has an immediate mind-clearing effect. Even a small sliver whooshes straight to my brain and wakes me up. This is awesome for clearing up any brain fog your might be experiencing. 

Ingredients

2 large, ripe avocados
1/4 cup plain creamy goat cheese
Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, a drizzle
2 tbsps lemon juice, freshly squeezed from organic lemons
1 habeñero pepper, thinly slivered
Cilantro, to garnish
Real Salt, to taste
Cayenne, to taste

Guidelines

Combine avocados, goat cheese, lemon juice and salt in a bowl of your choice. Mash until you reach your desired consistency (I'm more of a creamy guac gal, but keeping it chunky is just as yummy). Blend in your small habañero slivers. Drizzle olive oil on top (for an extra brain boost), and garnish with cilantro & cayenne.

I love savoring this recipe with organic sprouted corn chips or thinly sliced raw yams.

Enjoy the brain-boosting and taste-bud tickling effects of this yummy guacamole!

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As always, wishing you all love & creativity,

Leah

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author: Leah Steiner // photos by: Leah Steiner

Sources:

*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/avocado-brain-function-6231.html