Thursday, 6 June 2013

green galor-a-saurus salad

Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog!! I've had a crazy and amazing week since my last post, and I'm excited to share little bits and pieces with you today. 

Last weekend I attended the Melbourne leg of the David Wolfe Australian Tour. David Wolfe is "the rockstar of the superfood and longevity world" and offers "expert advice in health, beauty, herbalism, nutrition and chocolate!" ( He is a world-renowned expert on raw living foods and is the author of many best-selling books on all things related to health and wellbeing, superfoods and superherbs, longevity and nutrition, just to name a few. 

David Wolfe and me!

I've attended many vegan and raw food lectures and workshops over the last year or so as I seek to add to my knowledge base but most of the time I find I've heard it all before. Not this time. I heard things at this conference that I've never heard before! So, I thought I'd share with you some of Mr David Wolfe's food and lifestyle wisdom that he has accumulated from his years of research and travels throughout the world...
  • You are what you eat! (An oldie, yes, but a goodie!).
  • Get on the live-it not on the die-it.
  • To help the healing process along follow these guidelines: hide, be quiet, sleep, don't eat.
  • As you are changing your food lifestyle the first step is adding in the good food and letting it naturally crowd out the other food (i.e. food with little to no nutritional value).
  • Black foods are the longevity foods, such as black sesame seeds, black rice, black chia seeds, black maca, black garlic, black mushrooms, etc.
  • Line up the probabilities and stack the odds in your favour wherever possible.
  • Epigenetics, the study of changes in gene expression, tells us that through our lifestyle choices we can flip the switch of our genes on or off.
  • The four top longevity foods are honey, grapes/wine, chocolate and olive oil. 
  • Warm sea salt water is a natural remedy.
  • Eat from the colours of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
  • Our connective tissue, nervous system and joints are more similar to a whale, dolphin or porpoise than any member of the primate family. Whales, dolphins and porpoises build their bodies with the long chain marine oils, for which the plant-based equivalents are flaxseeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds. 
  • Quick-burst exercise builds human growth hormone. All you need to do is a five-minute workout everyday that consists of this pattern: squats (1 minutes), rest (20 seconds), push-ups (1 minute), rest (20 seconds), sit-ups (1 minute), rest (20 seconds), burpees (1 minute). Go hard, go fast! And voila, your exercise for the day is done!! 

green galor-a-saurus salad

This green salad should really just be a throw-in-everything-green-that-you-have-in-your-fridge kind of salad. Follow my recipe as a base and feel free to either add or swap any of the ingredients, as long as you keep the salad greeeeeen.

2 cups dark leafy greens of your choice (kale, silverbeet, spinach, rocket, chicory, collard greens), finely chopped
1 cup green herbs of your choice (flat-leaf or curly parsley, coriander, dill, basil, mint), roughly chopped
1 cup quinoa, cooked or soaked and sprouted for 24 hours
1 head green broccoli or romanesco broccoli (looks like a "dinosaur cauliflower"), cut into florets
2 zucchinis or cucumbers, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 green onion stalks, chopped
1/2 cup activated almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked for 4 hours
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs cold-pressed olive oil
1 tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Juice of a lemon

Prepare all the ingredients and thoroughly mix in a large bowl. Serve with a drizzle of unhulled tahini, top with cubed avocado or sprinkle with kale chips. Yum. Serves 3-4.

Try to find the romanesco broccoli if you can... after all, that's how this salad earned it's name! If you have added or swapped any of the ingredients please let us know by commenting below!! xx

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