Wellness Wonderland’s {Sweet, Salty, Spicy, Simple} Breakfast Salad #SaladFest2013

We are super into Wellness Wonderland founder, Katie Dalebout’s, idea of turning breakfast upside down and making a BREAKFAST SALAD.  We, too, love our green smoothies, but we also love to chew…this is a perfect solution.

“So this week’s recipe is a breakfast salad. I know what you’re thinking, salad for IMG_3548breakfast? Healthy girl’s gone cray cray. But two things: a) it’s the same thing as a green smoothie (a very typical breakfast) just blended & b) savory breakfasts are actually pretty common. I got thinking about how breakfast sandwiches are mainstream, why not salads?

Now don’t get me wrong, I like a green smoothie for breakfast as much as the next guy and completely agree that starting your day with superstar greens is stellar for your body and energy, however sometimes you just want to chew!

So this is pretty much a fruitless green smoothie in salad form. I know what you’re thinking. Salad in the morning? No way, I want something sweet.

Gotcha covered, this salad is actually sweet without containing any fruit or sweeteners.

It may seem a little strange not having typical breakfasts foods in the morning like oats or fruit but really our bodies don’t need much in the morning (if anything at all) except simplicity.

And just a quick note: the health benefits of this guy are off the chain…

The bitter arugula, the cleansing lemon and cayenne, the healthy filling fats of the avocado, the warming blood sugar stabilizing cinnamon…literally everything in this is amazing for you in so many ways, start googling.

& one more thing this best part of this salad is that you can really tailor it and make it your own. Think of this as your base and dress it up however you’re feeling in the morning, like you would yogurt.”

katie dalebout breakfast salad

Quadruple S {Sweet Spicy Salty Simple} Salad 
aka THE Breakfast Salad
Servings: 1
Time: 10 minutes

  • About four cups chopped arugula (get in there with your knife and really go to town chopping it small)
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Squeeze or two of fresh lemon
  • Half of a large avocado (or a full small one)
  • Alfalfa sprouts or broccoli sprouts (any kind of mild sprouts)
  • Pinch of Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • Dash or two of cayenne (optional depending on how spicy you like)
  • Shredded coconut

Optional sweet breakfast toppings:

  • Hemps seeds
  • Sprouted blanched almonds (that’s what I had in the photo
  • Goji berries (or any dried fruit)
  • Lucama
  • Cocao nibs
  • Sliced banana
  • Favorite granola
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dulse flakes (also in photo)

Directions

Add everything to your salad bowl and toss well to combine.

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Katie is a yogi, ‘Spirit Junkie’, coach, and most importantly, a blogger. She adores the all things wellness and loves writing and talking about holistic health & happiness on her blog, her weekly Podcast WWRadio, and in her daily life.
If you’d like more inspiration from Katie visit her in wonderland or on her Instagram,Facebook,Twitter, and YouTube. Be well…

 

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Recipe: Quinoa Salad w/ the HCC Special Sauce

Easy?  Check?  Fun? Check.  Delicious.  Double check.  This recipe knocks it out of the park every time!  It’s one of our favorites for events, like the one we did last night for one of our favorite activewear brands, Lole, because it really knocks people’s socks off.  We also love it at home when we’re in a rush and need something tasty, energizing and most of all delicious!


Try this recipe, especially the Special Sauce and let us know what you think. We love it as a dressing with grains but how else will you use it?  Salad dressing?  Marinade?   Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Quinoa Salad w/ HCC Special Sauce

Servings: 4
Time: 20 minutes

Super Power Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups arugula or baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apricots, dates…)
  • 2 tablespoons nuts and/or seeds (pumpkin, sesame, hemp, almonds, walnuts, cashews…)
  • 1/2 cup special sauce (see below…)

Special Sauce

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (we recommend a garlic press or microplane)

Directions

To prepare the quinoa put the quinoa, water, olive oil, salt and black pepper in a pot and bring to a boil.  Cover, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove pot from heat and allow to sit for 5 additional minutes.

While quinoa is cooking prepare the Special Sauce.  Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.

After the quinoa is done, fluff with a fork and put it in a large bowl with the arugula or spinach.  Throw in nuts and seeds and dress quinoa salad with the Special Sauce.  Adjust sauce, to taste.  This dish is great both hot or cold.

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Greens Breakdown: Part Deux

The most nutrient dense foods on the planet can also be the most intimidating.  Since we get so many solid questions about GREENS we’ve decided to completely break them down in our 2 part video series.
 

If you missed it, you can watch PART I here.  [Spoiler: we get down and dirty with Kale.]
 

In PART II we give tons of tips about swiss chard, collard greens, and give away our favorite short cut for incorporating more of this good stuff into your diet on a daily basis.
 

Watch for Robyn’s secret confession about collard greens and see Quinn drop some crazy knowledge about winter greens.  And then… let us know what you think in the comments below!
 

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