To ensure a long and pleasant
stay on this plane of existence,
or simply build up a solid wall
of defense against the common
cold and the dreadful flu, you
must carefully maintain your
body as you would an expensive
Yes, consuming those foul,
unsweetened, and disturbingly
moist vegetables may be a struggle.
Yes, it may seem easier to skip
class, avoid anything outside of
your bedroom, and spray a steady
stream of Lysol at anything that
attempts to approach you to avoid
the plaguing germs. Still, classes
are paid for and you should
probably attend them to get the
most out of your education.
It will always be difficult to
maintain a healthy diet when
we are placed into a world of
Pepsi and cupcake sandwiches.
No matter how hard I try, no
vegetable concoction will exceed
the deliciousness of a bowl of
homemade cookie dough.
Your dietary choices,
however, are vital, so I have
concocted something that is
palatable enough to consume
with a smile. And the cool thing
is, it will protect you against most
school-year diseases that would
normally have you filling your
backpack with snotty tissues.
The following recipe is my
go-to cure-all kale salad. When I
feel like I am coming down withsomething, I scurry to the grocery
store and pick up the ingredients
listed below to stir up a dinner
sent from the health gods.
I add ginger root because it is
great for a queasy stomach. It can
also be used for pain management,
so it is great for easy headache relief. Real raw honey is fantastic
for colds as it sooths coughs, is
anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-
fungal and helps with digestion.
Those yellow babies known
as lemons are powerful. They
are great for detoxing the body,
packed with vitamin C, great
for digestion and for fighting off
colds and the flu.
Walnuts contain a serious
serving of protein, fiber,
potassium, and omega-3s.
I add extra-virgin olive oil as
part of the dressing, rather than
any other form of vegetable oil,
because the extra-virgin olive oil is
essentially fresh-squeezed olives.
The anti-inflammatory benefits
are higher than other forms of
oils, with stronger concentrations
of phytonutrients which may help
prevent disease and keep your
body working properly.
For the grand finale, I mix
it all in a bunch of kale. Kale is
one of the healthiest vegetables
on the planet; it is a nutritional
powerhouse. It contains calcium
and antioxidant vitamins A, C and
K, which will keep your immune
system strong and help prevent
colds, the flu and other infections.
1 bunch of fresh kale, stemmed and torn into bite-sized pieces
3 garlic cloves, peeled and freshly chopped
1, 3 inch piece of fresh ginger root, finely chopped or grated
½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp honey
12 oz jar of roasted red bell peppers
Put kale and red bell pepper in a large salad bowl. Whisk the remainder of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over the kale. Sprinkle with walnuts. Toss gently and serve.
Makes approximately 3-4 generous portions.