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Kale Quinoa Salad with Fall Roasted Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This kale quinoa salad is the perfect easy meal prep recipe that uses delicious seasonal fall produce! It’s vegan and gluten free, and sure to please even kale skeptics.

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The time for fall produce is officially upon us. The markets are now popping with winter squashes, Brussels sprouts, and other autumn goodies. Kale is actually a perfect green to purchase as the weather cools down, as it is hearty enough to grow in colder climates!

This kale quinoa salad features two of my favorite fall veggies – butternut squash and Brussels sprouts. They also pair so well together! The sweetness of the butternut squash is a wonderful contrast to the savory, slightly bitter Brussels sprouts. I could eat this combination all season long.

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This salad also includes Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles! These adorable bites come in fun shapes like stars and dinosaurs, which makes them super appealing to children and adults alike. I always keep my freezer stocked with a few Dr. Praeger’s products. They are a no brainer to prepare, and one of the few frozen foods I feel good about putting in my body. If you look at the ingredient list on any of their products, you’ll find real ingredients like beans, vegetables, and grains.

How to massage kale for a kale quinoa salad

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If you’ve never massaged kale before, it is such a game changer! I always massage kale when I am using it in a salad. Massaging kale makes it softer, easier to chew, and gets rid of some of the bitterness in raw kale.

  • Wash kale and tear off the leaves from the stems in bite size pieces.
  • Use a knife to roughly chop the kale into even smaller pieces.
  • Add raw kale to a large bowl with lemon juice and olive oil, plus a pinch of salt.
  • Use your hands to massage the kale for 3-4 minutes, making sure to get each piece.
  • The volume of kale will decrease after massaging, and the leaves will be a much darker green.
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Why you’ll love this kale quinoa salad

  • It’s super nutritious. Kale is a nutrition powerhouse – full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Quinoa provides more fiber and plant-based protein.
  • Easy to prepare. This salad is very simple to make. Kale is a hearty green that holds up well as leftovers, so it is great for meal prep!
  • Customizable. Kale + quinoa + Dr. Praeger’s Littles makes a perfect base for other flavors and ingredients. Try swapping roasted cauliflower for Brussels sprouts, or try other varieties of winter squash.
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Kale Quinoa Salad with Fall Roasted Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This kale quinoa salad is the perfect easy meal prep recipe that uses delicious seasonal fall produce! It’s vegan and gluten free, and sure to please even kale skeptics.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 box Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Kale

  • 1 large bunch kale, leaves torn from stems
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Balsamic Dressing

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Manuka honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Toss butternut squash with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper and spread evenly on one baking tray. Do the same with the halved Brussels sprouts.
  3. Roast veggies for 25-30 minutes, until beginning to brown and caramelize.
  4. While veggies roast, cook quinoa and Spinach Littles according to package instructions.
  5. Massage kale as instructed earlier in this post, and set aside.
  6. Prepare the dressing. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, mustard, and honey. Slowly drizzle in olive oil as you continue to whisk, until well combined.
  7. In a large bowl, combine kale, roasted veggies, quinoa, Spinach Littles, avocado, and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with balsamic dressing and toss to combine.
  8.  
  9. Serve immediately, or save for later!


Notes

Will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Keywords: vegan, kale salad, kale quinoa salad, gluten free

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Salmon Tacos with Peach Salsa and Avocado Crema (Gluten Free)

These crispy salmon tacos are full of fresh flavor from a super simple homemade peach salsa and zesty avocado crema. They make the perfect quick and delicious weeknight dinner!

Salmon Tacos

What’s your favorite easy weeknight dinner? For me, tacos are definitely up there!

I love weeknight tacos because they are quick and easy. There are so many delicious ingredient combinations, so you can easily mix it up every time. Tacos are also easy to customize, so your family can choose to add whatever toppings they enjoy.

salmon tacos with peach salsa

My perfect taco equation is pretty simple: pair your protein or veggie base with salsa or slaw, plus something creamy. I paired these salmon tacos with homemade peach salsa and avocado crema. Both are super easy to make!

I’ve been loving fruit salsa lately to take advantage of all the summer produce! I made peach salsa to go with these salmon tacos, and they paired perfectly together.

peach salsa

Why You’ll Love These Salmon Tacos

  • 30-minute recipe: These tacos take just 30 minutes to make. Perfect for weeknight dinners!
  • 10 ingredients: You’ll need just a handful of fresh ingredients for this recipe (besides basic spices and cooking oil).
  • Fresh summer flavor: The homemade peach salsa embraces fresh summer produce.
  • Well-balanced meal: These tacos combine all the elements of a balanced meal – healthy protein (salmon), carbohydrates (fruit, veggies, corn tortillas), and healthy fats (avocado, salmon). You’re sure to feel satisfied after eating these!
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Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Salmon: Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. These heart-healthy fats are essential because our bodies do not produce any on their own. It is important to get enough omega-3s in our diet because they are anti-inflammatory, can help lower cholesterol levels, and may help protect against heart disease. Salmon is also a good source of B-vitamins, antioxidants, and potassium.
  • Peaches: This stone fruit is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Remember that many of the nutrients are also found in the skin of fruits, not just the flesh, so don’t peel them!
  • Red Bell Pepper: Red bell peppers are one of the best sources of vitamin C. Red bell peppers, compared to green, yellow, or orange, are also high in many different antioxidants. The redder the pepper, the richer it is in antioxidants!
  • Avocado
  • Red Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Tortillas

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Salmon Tacos with Peach Salsa and Avocado Crema (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

These crispy salmon tacos are full of fresh flavor from a super simple homemade peach salsa and zesty avocado crema. They make the perfect quick and delicious weeknight dinner!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 lb salmon, cut into 4 filets
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 small ripe peaches, diced small
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 handfuls fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes, divided
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
  2. Heat avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Pat salmon filets dry, then season with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  4. Place salmon, skin side up, into heated skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes until salmon flesh is browned and crispy on the outside.
  5. Flip salmon filets, then place skillet in the oven and cook for 3-5 minutes more until fish is cooked through.
  6. While salmon is cooking, prepare salsa and avocado crema. To make salsa, combine peaches, bell pepper, red onion, half the garlic, jalapeno, and half the lime juice in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  7. To make avocado crema, blend together avocado, garlic powder, the remaining lime juice + cilantro, and salt to taste in a food processor until creamy. 
  8. Heat tortillas individually over a low burning flame on a gas burner and flip once tortilla starts to bubble. Alternatively, you can heat them in a skillet.


Notes

  • Sub mango or pineapple for peaches
  • You can use a whole jalapeno if you like spicy food

Keywords: salmon tacos, peach salsa, healthy tacos

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Blueberry Matcha Avocado Popsicles (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These blueberry matcha avocado popsicles are a cool and creamy summer treat. They’re full of good-for-you ingredients like healthy fats and antioxidants. You just need six simple ingredients and a few hours of freezing time to make these pops!

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Nothing feels quite like summer more than frozen treats! I decided to ring in my favorite season with a delicious new popsicle recipe. These blueberry matcha avocado popsicles taste like a decadently creamy version of matcha latte.

All you need are six simple ingredients to make these popsicles. I used blueberries, coconut milk, matcha powder, maple syrup, lemon juice, and California Avocados. Putting avocado in a dessert may sound a little strange, but they actually give homemade frozen treats the creamiest, dreamiest texture! Their mild flavor blends beautifully with the coconut milk, matcha, and blueberries.

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Nutrition Notes About Avocado

I love using avocado as ingredient not just for the creamy texture, but also for the amazing health benefits.

  • Avocados have nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin K, and B-vitamins.
  • 1/3 of a medium avocado contains 3 grams of fiber, which has a host of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • Avocados are rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fats. The fat in avocados actually helps us absorb fat soluble vitamins better (Vitamins A, D, E and K)!
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How to Make Blueberry Matcha Avocado Popsicles

  • Heat blueberries in a pan with water until their juices release, and stir in maple syrup.
  • Blend avocado, coconut milk, matcha powder, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a high powered blender or food processor.
  • Spoon blueberries into popsicle molds, then fill them to the top with avocado matcha mixture.
  • Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 3+ hours until solid before removing.

If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can still make popsicles! Try using paper cups, ice cube molds, or a muffin tin. You can also use a loaf pan and slice into popsicles once frozen.

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Blueberry Matcha Avocado Popsicles (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 popsicles 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Description

These blueberry matcha avocado popsicles are a cool and creamy summer treat. They’re full of good-for-you ingredients like healthy fats and antioxidants.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp maple syrup, divided
  • 1 ripe California Avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat blueberries and water in a shallow pan over medium heat. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until juices release. Stir in 1 tbsp maple syrup and remove from heat.
  2. Blend remaining maple syrup, avocado, coconut milk, matcha powder, and lemon juice in a high speed blender or food processor until creamy.
  3. Spoon blueberries evenly into popsicle molds. Then, fill the remaining space of molds with the avocado matcha mixture.
  4. Place popsicle sticks in molds and freeze for at least 3 hours until hard.
  5. Remove from molds when ready to serve.


Notes

  • If using a silicone popsicle mold, you can remove the popsicles easily by pressing up on the popsicle from the bottom of the mold.
  • These will keep well in the freezer for up to one month.

Keywords: matcha, healthy dessert, healthy popsicles, avocado popsicles

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Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese (Gluten Free)

This corn, avocado, and tomato salad just screams summer, with plenty of fresh produce, tangy goat cheese, and fragrant basil. It’s the perfect easy side dish to accompany your next dinner al fresco.

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Summer, can you please stay forever? I love the longer days, warm breezes, evening walks, and the bounty of summer produce. Ben and I are in some (semi) serious talks about moving to San Diego so we can live this life year round. Who’s coming with?

This corn, tomato, and avocado salad basically has all my favorite summertime flavors dumped into one bowl together. Cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, creamy avocado, fresh basil, goat cheese, and juicy strawberries – it’s like a party with every bite!

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Tips for Making Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

  • Choose firm avocado for this recipe. The cubes will hold their shape better if the avocado is not super ripe.
  • Use whole fresh corn. I love the big chunks of corn kernels you get from slicing fresh corn right off the cob in this salad.
  • Sub another berry or summer fruit for strawberries. Are strawberries sold out? No worries! Sub another fresh summer fruit for this recipe and it will still be delicious. Blueberries, blackberries, and peaches would all taste amazing.
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Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Strawberries: Berries of all kinds are some of the greatest sources of antioxidants in the diet. Antioxidants fight free radicals in our bodies to prevent cell damage and inflammation. Diets high in antioxidant-rich foods have been linked to health benefits such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, more favorable cholesterol levels, and much more.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of the best sources of the antioxidant lycopene. Including sources of lycopene in the diet has several health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic disease and better skin health.
  • Basil: Use fresh herbs like basil in place of salt when you cook to reduce sodium intake without giving up flavor. Basil, just like leafy greens, is a good source of vitamin K, and contains antioxidant compounds.
  • Corn
  • Avocado
  • Goat Cheese
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Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish

Description

This salad just screams summer, with plenty of fresh produce, tangy goat cheese, and fragrant basil. It’s the perfect easy side dish to accompany your next dinner al fresco.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 quart strawberries, washed and halved
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Husk the corn and boil for 3-5 minutes, until kernels are bright yellow but still crunchy.
  3. Remove corn from water, and run under cold water until cool enough to handle. Slice off kernels with a sharp knife.
  4. Combine strawberries, tomatoes, corn, avocado, goat cheese and basil in a large bowl and mix together.
  5. Prepare dressing by whisking together shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle olive oil into the bowl and continue to whisk with your other hand until emulsified.
  6. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine, until ingredients are evenly coated.


Notes

  • Will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Avocado Key Lime Bars (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

These key lime bars are a no-bake, vegan version of one of my favorite summertime desserts – key lime pie! They’re full of healthy fats and pastel green color thanks to avocado (nope, you can’t taste it). Grab a fork and dive into one of these creamy, dreamy treats!

key lime bars

While it might not be the most patriotic, key lime pie reminds me of the 4th of July. My mom, an excellent baker, has made one for the holiday for the past five years or so. When you really think about it, it truly is the perfect summer dessert! It’s served cool, full of fresh, zingy flavor, and feels light enough to eat after an afternoon of barbecued food.

As a Registered Dietitian who loves sweets and baking, I love to experiment with more nutritious versions of my favorite desserts. I view these recipes as additions to my diet, rather than substitutions to the the original. Creating a treat that tastes delicious, and provides me with important nutrients at the same time? Such a win! But, life is all about BALANCE and living in the moment, so I’ll never pass up a slice of my mom’s key lime pie on the 4th of July. (PS – this is the recipe she uses, if you’d like to try that)!

key lime bars

The avocado in these key lime bars may sound strange, but I promise, you can’t taste it! Avocado makes these bars thick, incredibly smooth, and creamy. Plus, it adds that beautiful green hue!

Why These Bars are the Perfect Summer Dessert

  • No oven required. These key lime bars are no-bake and no-cook, because they are raw and set in the freezer!
  • Easy to make. All you need to do is throw ingredients into a food processor and pour them into a baking pan.
  • They’re cool and creamy. These bars are served chilled, so they’re wonderful to serve after an afternoon in the sun. Plus, they’re super creamy – just like ice cream!

How to Make Key Lime Bars

  • Combine crust ingredients – dates, nuts, coconut, molasses, cinnamon, and salt – in a food processor and blend until crumbly.
  • Squish down crust ingredients into a pan in an even layer.
  • Clean out food processor and blend together lime filling layer ingredients – coconut milk, avocado, lime zest + juice, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  • Freeze, then slice and serve with (optional) coconut whipped cream.
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key lime pie filling

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Avocado: One of my all time favorite healthy fat sources is avocado. It’s high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and potassium. Replacing saturated fat with mono- and polyunsaturated fats can lower cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Walnuts: Almonds get all the glory these days, but walnuts are where it’s at! They’re higher than any other nut in alpha-linolenic-acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid. These anti-inflammatory compounds are mostly found in animal products (primarily fatty fish), and are essential for our diets, because our bodies do not produce them. Include walnuts in your diet for a good plant-based source of omega-3s!
  • Lime: Just like all citrus fruits, limes are an excellent source of Vitamin C! In fact, British Royal Navy sailors were called “limeys” in the 1800s because they were given lemon and lime juice to prevent scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) on the ships. Limes are also full of other antioxidants – plus they have such a zingy flavor!
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Coconut Cream
  • Molasses
  • Dates
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Avocado Key Lime Bars (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert

Description

These bars are a no-bake, vegan version of one of my favorite summertime desserts – key lime pie! They’re full of healthy fats and pastel green color thanks to avocado (nope, you can’t taste it)


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Ingredients

Crust

Filling

  • 1 can coconut cream (or full fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours)
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor. Blend until ingredients are crumbly and stick together easily, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Line a 9″x9″ baking pan with parchment paper, and pour crust “batter” into pan. Use your hands to press crust firmly into the pan, forming an even layer. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse out the food processor (or use a high speed blender), and combine all filling ingredients. Blend until very smooth and creamy, until avocado is fully pureed. 
  4. Remove crust from freezer, and pour filling on top. Smooth into an even layer.
  5. Place pan in freezer, and freeze for at least 1 hour, until filling is hardened enough for slicing.
  6. Remove from freezer when ready to serve. You may need to let it sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing to soften a bit, depending on how long it was in the freezer.
  7. If using, make coconut whipped cream right before serving bars. 
    • Place metal mixing bowl in the freezer to chill.
    • Scoop the thick layer of coconut cream from your refrigerated can of coconut milk into the chilled bowl. Beat on low for 30 seconds, then increase speed and beat for 1-3 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Add powdered sugar in the final 30 seconds or so of beating.


Notes

  • Keeps well covered in the freezer for up to 1 month

Keywords: vegan, gluten free, key lime pie, raw key lime pie, vegan key lime pie, healthy desserts, , key lime bars

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Why You Should Add These Magnesium Rich Foods to Your Diet

Learn about the mineral magnesium and why it’s so important for us! This post also includes a list of delicious magnesium rich foods you can add to your diet.

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral for the human body. It is required as a cofactor in over 300 enzyme systems that perform all kinds of biochemical reactions! Magnesium is needed for protein synthesis, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar control, and muscle and nerve function, just to name a few.

Because more than half of the magnesium in our bodies is found in bone (50%-60%), magnesium levels are difficult to measure. However, many Americans are not getting the recommended amount of magnesium in their diets. The current Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA’s) for magnesium for adults is between 310-420 mg per day, based on age and gender (1).

Magnesium Health Benefits

Magnesium plays a crucial role in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the human body. Because of this, it has significant health benefits.

  • Cardiovascular Disease: Magnesium might help to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure/hypertension is a known risk factor for stroke and heart disease. There is limited evidence that magnesium supplementation is associated with lowering blood pressure. However, one study showed that increased dietary magnesium from the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet lead to a drop in blood pressure (2).
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Diets high in magnesium are beneficial to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, likely because magnesium plays an important role in glucose metabolism. One meta-analysis showed that increasing magnesium intake by 100 mg per day significantly lowered the risk of Type 2 diabetes (3). Type 2 Diabetes causes higher urinary losses of magnesium, so it’s also important for those with the disease to get enough in their diets.
  • Bone Health: More than half of the magnesium in our bodies exists in bones. It is a part of bone formation, and helps regulate concentrations of other factors needed for strong bones. Even though we stop accumulating bone mass by the age of 25, research shows some positive associations between magnesium intake and bone mineral density in adults (4). This is especially important for post-menopausal women, who are at higher risk of osteoporosis! Magnesium may be just as important as calcium and vitamin D to promote good bone health.
  • Sleep: Magnesium supplementation may help with sleep and insomnia. One study showed that 8 weeks of daily magnesium supplementation lead to improved measures of insomnia, such as sleep time and serum melatonin levels (5).

Eight Magnesium Rich Foods

Now that we’ve gone over the importance of magnesium, and recognize what a powerful mineral it is, here are some delicious ways to add it to your diet!

Spinach and Leafy Greens

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Half a cup of cooked spinach contains 20% of your daily magnesium needs. Enjoy it as a base for a salad, sautéed in an omelet, or blended into a green smoothie! Spinach and leafy greens are also good sources of fiber, and vitamins A, C and K. Try this Kale Caesar Salad with Spice Roasted Chickpeas or Spinach, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Quesadilla recipe to get your daily dose of leafy greens!

Beans and Legumes

mushroom tacos with mango avocado salsa

Beans and legumes are an inexpensive source of plant based protein, plus tons of other nutrients. Half a cup of black beans contain 15% of your daily magnesium needs, and half a cup of kidney beans contain 9%. Beans are one of the foods that people in all five Blue Zones eat regularly, which are areas of the world where people live longer than average. Try out these Quinoa Enchilada Stuffed Peppers or Mushroom Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa, both which include black beans.

Avocado

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We all know that avocado is full of healthy fats and potassium, but it also contains magnesium. One cup has 11% of our daily needs. Avocado is such a yummy and filling addition to salads, grain bowls, and even smoothies! Check out my Chickpea and Avocado Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and Vegan Avocado Quesadillas for some new avocado filled meal ideas.

Tofu

crispy baked tofu, magnesium rich foods

Tofu is a versatile vegetarian diet staple. It is an inexpensive, easy to prepare source of plant-based protein, and it also contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron. A 3.5 oz serving of tofu contains 13% of our daily magnesium needs. Some of my favorite tofu recipes include these Peanut Tofu Vermicelli Rice Noodle Bowls with Quick Pickled Vegetables, Tofu Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce, and Crispy Baked Tofu.

Edamame

edamame

Another soy product, edamame are immature soy beans. They are eaten steamed, and are delicious on their own with just a little salt! Edamame is a nutrition powerhouse, as it contains fiber, healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates. It’s also a good source of Vitamin C, iron, and magnesium – one cup has 24% of our daily needs. Try steamed edamame as one of my favorite Healthy Snack Ideas or in this Broccoli Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing.

Nuts

chocolate coconut balls, magnesium rich foods

Nuts are one of my favorite foods to snack on. They’re a good source of healthy fats, plant-based protein, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. Almonds and cashews are particularly good source of magnesium. One ounce of either will give us around 20% of our daily needs! I love making healthy sweets using nuts, nut butter, or almond flour. Check out these recipes that use nut based ingredients: Almond Butter Zucchini Brownies, Freezer Cookie Dough Fudge, and Chocolate Coconut Balls.

Seeds

cauliflower sweet potato salad

Like nuts, seeds are also a wonderful food to snack on. A tablespoon of flax, chia, or sesame seeds gives us around 10% of our daily magnesium needs. I love to sprinkle seeds on top of oatmeal bowls or salads, and include them in my baking. This Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad with Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe uses sesame, or try this Blended Chocolate Chia Pudding.

Dark Chocolate

Fudgy Tahini Brownies with Chocolate Drizzle

Saving the best for last, dark chocolate is probably everyone’s favorite magnesium rich food! A one ounce piece contains 16% of our daily magnesium needs. Dark chocolate is also rich in flavanol antioxidants, which are protective against cardiovascular disease. Dark chocolate is obviously delicious on it’s own, or in desserts! Try these Fudgy Tahini Brownies or Raw Cashew Coconut Snickerdoodle Truffles.

Magnesium is a super important mineral for a ton of biochemical processes in our bodies, and has many health benefits. Load up your plate with magnesium rich foods to get your daily doses! As you can see, including a variety of foods from different food groups will give you a healthy dose of magnesium, as well as other necessary vitamins and minerals.

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Kale Caesar Salad with Spice Roasted Chickpeas (Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

This kale caesar salad will be your new favorite way to eat kale! For this recipe, you’ll toss kale in a homemade, dairy free Caesar dressing and top it with crunchy roasted chickpeas. This recipe is perfect for meal prep!

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Kale has become one trendy vegetable over the past decade or so. This hearty, leafy green has become the epitome of the modern wellness scene, gracing farmer’s markets, restaurant menus, and even clothing! While kale is chock full of nutrients, in its raw state, it can be a bit unappealing.

One of my favorite ways to prepare kale is in a salad. The secret to turning this fibrous green into something delicious is to massage the dressing into the kale. It sounds a little extra to massage your vegetables, but this simple step transforms kale into a tender salad you’ll be happy to eat!

kale caesar salad

One great benefit to using kale as a salad base is that it keeps very well in the fridge without getting soggy. I usually prep a big batch, then add whatever salad toppings I feel like having! For this batch, I roasted up some chickpeas and tossed them in my favorite spices. They add such a nice crunchy texture and plant-based protein to this kale caesar salad.

How to make a massaged kale salad

  • Wash and dry one bunch of kale leaves.
  • Remove the stems and discard them, or save them to throw into smoothies.
  • Chop the kale leaves into bite size pieces.
  • Place kale in a large mixing bowl and pour dressing of choice on top. You can go super simple with just olive oil + lemon juice, or get fancy with this dairy free homemade Caesar dressing!
  • Use your hands to massage the kale for 3-5 minutes, until you feel the leaves soften and become tender.
  • Top with whatever salad fixings you’d like!
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Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Kale: Kale is a very nutrient-dense food! It’s filled with vitamins A, C, and K, and is an excellent source of fiber. Kale is part of the cruciferous vegetable family along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. These vegetables are all rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
  • Cashews: When blended with some liquid, cashews turn into a great vegan replacement for cream in recipes, thanks to their mild taste. They are also great for us! Cashews are a good source of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. They also contain important minerals like magnesium, copper, and iron.
  • Chickpeas: I wrote about some benefits of chickpeas in this post, but I’ll say it again – they are one of the healthiest foods to add to your diet! Pulses, which include legumes, beans, lentils, and peas, are excellent sources of plant-based protein, fiber, and other nutrients. Based on research done in the world’s Blue Zones (areas where people live much longer than average), regularly including pulses in your diet may be one contributing factor to good health and longevity.
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Avocado
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Kale Caesar Salad with Spice Roasted Chickpeas (Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40-45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: salad

Description

This salad will be your new favorite way to eat kale! For this recipe, you’ll toss kale in a homemade, dairy free Caesar dressing and top it with crunchy roasted chickpeas. This recipe is perfect for meal prep!


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Ingredients

  • 1 can low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • Large bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 avocado

For the Caesar dressing

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water 10 minutes, then drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a clean tea towel, thoroughly dry the chickpeas, and remove as many skins as possible.
  3. Toss the chickpeas in the avocado oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until browned and crispy.
  4. Once chickpeas are removed from the oven, toss with salt, pepper, and spices.
  5. While the chickpeas roast, prepare Caesar dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  6. Place kale in a large mixing bowl, and pour in about half of the dressing. Use your hands to massage the kale leaves for 3-5 minutes, until they begin to feel soft and tender. Add more dressing as desired.
  7. Divide kale into bowls, and top with chickpeas and pieces of avocado.


Notes

  • You may have leftover dressing – save it for another salad!
  • The massaged kale will keep well in the fridge, so it’s a great recipe to meal prep for the week.
  • The roasted chickpeas enjoyed fresh, and are best stored at room temperature for only 1-2 days. They begin to lose their crunch with time.

Keywords: kale caesar salad, kale, dairy free caesar dressing, homemade caesar dressing, gluten free

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