It’s been a great start to 2013 here at Crave Local, with the Winter Fancy Food Show, cocktail recipes, crepes, and more. And now that hints of spring are finally starting to show, it’s time to keep eating healthy, or at least healthier.
In Seattle, one of my favorite places for healthy eating is Cafe Flora, which only serves vegetarian fare that’s sourced locally. (It’s not all healthy food, as they have the most incredible cinnamon roll, but you can balance it out with soups and pesto-stuffed sandwiches.) While all their food is delicious, the team made me a superfood salad that really made me feel like making a new start. This homage to all that is leafy and green must be what nutritionist dreams are made of: kale, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, cranberries, almonds, and more, all in a cider vinaigrette. It was crisp, hearty, and filling, with the savory greens and tart cranberries working in a sweet-bitter way that is even better than it sounds.
Even if you dislike kale, you should still try this salad, as I hope it will convert you to one of the most disputed greens on the internet. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Seattle, there are other ways to keep your resolutions from January going. You can make your own version of this amazing with whatever vinaigrette or dressing you love – it’s an incredible set of ingredients to start the day with. To make your own version, I’d recommend first slicing everything into small, manageable pieces before mixing it all together, as the salad works best when you can take in multiple flavors at once.
If you need to get your nutrition on the go, there’s the BluePrintJuice series, with enough vegetables in them to match that salad and then some. Or you can start simple with their cashew/vanilla/cinnamon/agave milk and add a cookie. (I used Skydottir chocolate chip cookies here, as they’re vegan, gluten-free, and simply awesome.) If you have the time to plan, you can even make your own cashew milk, which we’ll be putting a recipe up for soon.
If you’re more in the mood to stay inside where it’s warm, Cafe Flora also showed me their winter-festive curried chickpea and mushroom soup, with just enough curry to wake up my senses. Given the health properties of spices, which are known to be antibacterial, and the amazing powers of chicken noodle soup, it’s definitely the time to be staying in with something comforting as we get through this cold season.
So if you want to stay in or feel energized to hit the day, I hope you’re feeling inspired and ready to try out some new things. Have a food adventure!