Periods. We all get 'em, and we all find ourselves craving nothing but that chocolate bar, or bag of chips. While those goodies are essential at times (in my book), they definitely can affect how your body detoxes, when it's already going through some CRAZY, natural detox of its own!
Hydrating foods can be so beneficial in aiding in the detox process, and keeping the body feeling as good as it can be!
I made a batch of these burgers and salad last Sunday, and just finished them all up tonight (Thursday). Meal-prepping is the bomb.com!
Kale & Watermelon Salad
2 tbsp basil
1 1/2 cups cucumber, chopped
1 bunch kale, red or green
1/4 green onion, chopped
2 cups watermelon, seedless, cut into small chunks
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I used blueberry flavor)
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 kosher salt (I used Trader Joe's "Everything But the Bagel")
3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
- Clean kale and massage for a few minutes (to make it easier to digest)
- Add all ingredients to kale and mix.
- Eat right away, or cover and leave in fridge for up to four days
Bean & Kale Burger
- 1 tbsp flaxmeal
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 15 oz can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 15 oz can white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 TBSP chopped garlic
- 4 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt/pepper to taste (I used "Everything But the Bagel" from Trader Joe's)
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flax meal and water and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the kale, carrots, and garlic a few times to start to break them down, but don't puree them!
Add the beans, tahini, tomato paste, vinegar, honey, paprika, and oregano to the veggies in the food processor and pulse until combined, but still a little chunky.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the oats, flax egg, and salt/pepper. Stir until fully incorporated. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
The mixture should come together easily and hold together well. (If it is too wet, add a tbsp more of oats. If it is too dry and crumbly, add another tbsp of tomato paste or tahini. Mix again.)
Using your hands, divide mixture into 8 sections and form each one into a patty. Place the burger onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Bake the burgers for 35-40 minutes. They will resemble an oatmeal cookie when done!