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Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad

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One day last week, I was in no mood to cook anything. Ron volunteered to swing by the grocery store to pick up items to grill. My only request was to bring home some kind of lighter salad from the deli for a side dish. I was shocked when he came home with a kale salad. First of all, shocked that Ron bought anything with kale in it and second that the grocery store he went to had such a thing. Most deli items from that store are mayo with a side of a vegetable. Yuck.

It was love at first taste. I declared that I needed to recreate it. Isn’t real food just so pretty?

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A word about kale – I personally don’t like it raw. I love it steamed, as kale chips and in dishes. But raw….ick. It is rather bitter and tastes like eating grass. Not that I’ve ever eaten grass but you know what I mean. A couple of years ago, I learned two secrets to make your kale taste even better:

1. Remove the stems when you plan on eating it raw, the stems are the bitter part of the plant. I used to always use the stems and wonder why my kale salads tasted ridiculously bitter. Now I just use the leaves and the bitter taste is gone.

2. Massage the dressing into the leaves and let it ‘marinate’ for at least 10-15 minutes or longer. A kale salad tastes best when the dressing has had a chance to soak into the leaves. This also helps soften the leaves which is especially important if you are using the curly variety.

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When I started using these tips, my kale salads went from bitter and hard to swallow to mind-blowing delicious!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches of kale, stems removed
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • ½ of red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup Goji berries
  • ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together.
  2. Place kale in large bowl. Pour dressing over it. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the leaves for 5 minutes.
  3. Place cucumber, red onion, Goji berries, sunflower seeds and blueberries in with massaged kale.
  4. Using your hands or with a spoon, gently mix.
  5. Place in refrigerator to "marinate" for 10-15 minutes or longer for maximum flavor.

The nice thing about this salad is that you can mix in your own variations of superfoods too. Adding diced avocado, walnuts or almonds, pears, apples or any fresh berry you can think of. Serving it alongside salmon, perhaps? Perfection!

I think I’ll be eating this salad all summer long.
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28 Healthy Energy Balls and Bites

There is no doubt that I am a snacker.

I can’t eat just 3 meals a day. I need something in between to hold me over till my next meal. When I don’t snack, it’s not a pretty sight. The hungry monster comes out. Just picture the Incredible Hulk and that’s me.

One of my favorite snacks are balls. I mean really, how can you go wrong when you put one (or two) of those in your mouth? hahaha. Sorry, but I couldn’t help myself.

In all seriousness, energy balls, or bites if you giggle at the word balls like me, are the best thing ever for keeping the Incredible Hulk at bay. Packed with real food that’s full of protein, good fats and carbs, it’s like the perfect superfood. The flavor possibilities are endless. I rounded up the best healthy energy balls and bites from around the blog world just for you. Now you never have an excuse not to have a healthy dose of energy on hand.

28 healthy balls and bites

28 Healthy Energy Balls and Bites

Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls from Running with Perseverance

Chocolate Cranberry Almond “Larabar” (can be made into balls) from See Mommy Race

3 Ingredient Cookie Bites from Happy Fit Mama

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Vanilla Goji Nut Balls from FitFluential

5 Ingredient Vegan Protein Balls from Happy Health Freak

Java Chocolate Chip Bites from Love Life Surf

Sneak peek at a yummy Healthy Bites recipe - Java Chocolate Chip! These healthy snacks are real food and the perfect gluten-free, nut-free snack option for pre-workout, post-workout or just about anytime!

6 Energy Bite Recipes You Need from Veva Health

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls from Slim Sanity

Nut Butter Crispies with Cacao Nibs from The Fit Fork

Phat Balls from Chase the Red Grape

Brownie Batter Energy Bites from In It 4 the Long Run

brownie batter energy bites

Protein No Bake Pops from Swell Fitness

Chocolate Candy Protein Balls from Just a Mom Giving it a TRI

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls from Gettin’ My Healthy On

Raw Red Velvet Vegan Truffles from Healthy Helper

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Frozen Protein Bites from Running with SD Mom

No Bake Treats from The Fit Foodie Mama

PB & J Energy Bites from Chicago Jogger

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls from Angelena Marie

Steven’s Homemade Energy Bar from Run Wiki

Bourbon Peanut Butter Gingerbread Healthy Bites from Cotter Crunch

Grain Free Bourbon Peanut Butter Protein Snack bites! A delicious healthy snack for any time of day!

Coconut Apricot Bites from Happy Fit Mama

3 Ingredient Coconut Cookie Dough Bites from In It 4 the Long Run

Carrot Cake Quinoa Bites from Pancake Warriors

Carrot Cake Quinoa Bites

Energizing Peanut Butter Snacks from Fitness Cheerleader

Nature Valley Protein Granola Energy Balls from The Femme Fatale Fit Club

Chocolate Cherry Trail Cups from The Fit Fork

Vanilla Peanut Butter Energy Bites from Slim Sanity

Vanilla Peanut Butter Energy Bites - pack in extra protein and healthy fats with this delicious on-the-go snack | slimsanity.com

If that’s not enough balls for you, here are a some more round ups of the best of the best:

How to Make Protein Bites from FitFluential

All the Healthy Bites from Cotter Crunch aka The Queen of Healthy Bites

Energy Bites from Almost Getting It Together

30 Protein and Energy Ball Recipes from FtiFluential

What is your favorite ingredient to put in energy balls or bites?

Pin It Party

It’s another edition of the Pin It Party today!

Even though I’ve posted 4 days in a row, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of Lindsay’s party again. She’s such a great hostess!

Are you following me on Pinterest? If not, click HERE.

If you’ve never attended before, here’s the details.  The purpose of a Pin It Party is for bloggers to gain Pinterest exposure to some of their best posts and to help drive traffic to their blogs.

Pinning images from blog posts you love is a great way to support your favorite bloggers! It helps more people see the posts and can help the blogs grow. So in addition to my post, check out some of the others that are linked up at Lindsay’s and pin away!

Here’s what I’m bringing to the party.

Let’s workout first –

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So start pinning away! If you are on Pinterest, leave your URL in the comments and I’ll follow you back. I’m always looking for yummy food to make, new workouts and new inspiration.

In case you missed the other Pin It Party’s:

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Pin It Party II

Pin It Party III

Pin It Party IV

Pin It Party V

Happy Pinning!