Massaged Kale Salad with Almonds and Cranberries + 30 Day Reset Check In!

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Massaged Kale Salad with Almonds and Cranberries –

Massaged Kale Salad with Almonds and Cranberries

I feel like there is so much to update you on! First, let’s talk about the 30 Day Reset. If you are wondering what a 30 Day Reset is, you can read all about how to do it, why I am doing it and you can see my week 1 meal plan here. My apologies, for not getting a week 2 meal plan posted. I’ll try my best to tack on an extra week, so I can have a total of 4 weeks of meal plans posted here for you as a resource.

I didn’t really meal plan for week 2 and I have to say that my week felt much more hectic without a plan! I was able to get through the week and stay on track (mostly) because I had a lot of leftovers in my fridge and freezer. Our freezer is pretty full from all of the recipes I tested for my latest slow cooker eBook, Easy Paleo Slow Cooker Meals.  Which, by the way, you can download for free HERE for the next 48 hours!

We got by on leftovers and I also made a big batch of my favorite meatballs from my upcoming cookbook, The Paleo Foodie. I shared the meatball recipe on Food Renegade this week, so you can get the recipe here. These meatballs make a perfect protein snack. If you are doing a 30 Day Reset, omit the honey.

In addition to leftovers, another reason I didn’t get a meal plan together is because I ate out this week way more than usual! I ate out 3 times! I rarely even eat out that many times in 1 month, let alone in 1 week. But, it was worth it because every time was with great company.

I caught up with one of my closest friends over amazing sushi. This is legitimate Japanese sushi and hands down, the best sushi in the bay area. You won’t find any California or rainbow rolls on this menu. I did have a little “cheat” here. Although, Chris Kresser believes white rice to be a safe starch, it is recommended that you avoid it for the 30 Day Reset. This is the one place, I don’t dare ask the chef for substitutions. Chances are, you won’t get served if you do, this chef doesn’t do special requests, and I love Naka Sushi to much to risk that! I could have just ordered sashimi and avoided the rice altogether, but I can’t go here without ordering some aji (Japanese mackerel). To.die.for. But, we do bring our own coconut aminos along and they’ll even keep your bottle their for you.

The following night, I had a work dinner at Oswald’s with my close friend and colleague, Natalie of Honey, Ghee, & Me. We were able to stay on track with our food choices, we had some oysters for an appetizer and a delicious and juicy roast chicken with butternut squash and fennel for our entree. But, I could not resist their fresh made martini with mandarin juice and rhubarb syrup. It had been a long week!


Massaged Kale Salad with Almonds and Cranberries

Lastly, I had brunch on Sunday at Gabriella Cafe with my friend Louise of Ancestral Chef and her husband Jeremy of Paleo Living Magazine. It was so much fun to meet them in person! We enjoyed some omelets and talked all about Paleo, traveling and life! We had such a great time chatting, I forgot to snap a photo of us and our food!

I knew that avoiding meals out would be best when doing a 30 Day Reset, but I have been working a lot lately, like as in nonstop, every waking second of the day. So, I decided that it would be better for my health to let loose, relax and enjoy some time with friends this weekend instead of trying to stick to my reset to a tee. I’ll add an extra week to my reset to make up for it because I know that my body could benefit from some clean eating right now.

While we are on the topic of weekends… we have been trying to carve out a little family time for a beach walk on Saturday mornings. Being self employed and loving what I do, is a dream come true! But, it is a lot of work, especially when you also have a toddler to take care of. So, I end up spending much of my weekends working. This little beach walk has become a ritual that I look forward to all week long. We like to walk at Indyanna’s pace and stop and let her explore, whatever catches her attention. Sometimes, that is just watching the waves and the surfers, but last weekend that meant going down onto the sand and playing in the tide pools. It wasn’t all that warm, but she loved it! She’s such a little beach bum.

beach walk

I have one more update for you, but I think I am going to save it for another post… this one has already gotten ridiculously long!

Now to the salad… I have been wanting to make a massaged kale salad, ever since my friend Kate of Real Food RN was raving about it. She loves it so much, that she takes one to work every single day. I had planned to make her recipe. But, I didn’t have all of the ingredients, so I had to improvise. So, here is my version. It was delicious! I accidentally ate it all before Brooke even came home from work. I kept going back for just a few more bites, and before I knew it, it was all gone!


Massaged Kale Salad with Almonds and Cranberries

1/4 cup shallots, soaked (directions below)
1 bunch kale (I prefer curly kale for this), stalks removed and leaves chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries (preferably sweetened with apple juice, like these ones)
1/4 cup almonds, chopped or slivered*
juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I prefer a thick syrupy variety, like this one)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
sea salt and pepper

  1. Place the shallots in a bowl and cover with filtered water. Let them sit for at least 10 minutes. This will help take the bite out. Then drain the water and discard.
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine the kale, half of the orange juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and some sea salt.
  3. Massage with your hands until the kale starts to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Now add the cranberries, almonds and shallots to the kale.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining olive oil, orange juice, and balsamic vinegar.
  6. Pour over the salad and toss to combine.
  7. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

*Optional: To add a little extra crunch, I used raw almonds and I tossed them with a little bit of coconut oil, about 1/2 a teaspoon. I toasted them in my toaster oven for just a few minutes, until they were crispy. I then chopped them up and used them in the salad.

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  1. says

    We are starting a Whole30 on Monday as a family. I’ll be posting about that as well….wondering what the similarities and differences are between that and the Reset? My husband just started reading the book so I’m sure he can tell me soon! Best wishes for the rest of your reset! We are excited and nervous about the Whole30….the hardest part will be the sugar and chocolate for me…but I have cut WAY back on sugar the last month or so and am doing fine thus far…but come Monday…..

    • admin says

      Hi Carol! Sorry about the delay in responding. The protocols are very similar, but I think the main difference comes after the reset period. Chris Kresser’s approach really walks you through how to heal and how to find a diet that works for you in the long run, without making you feel restricted. But, I think both protocols are great!