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Cinnamini Coconutti Sweet Potato and Kale Salad

salad

I’ve been on a cinnamon kick lately.  It’s good in almost everything I eat – apples, oatmeal, nuts, and desserts.  Cinnamon has plenty of health benefits.  It regulates your blood sugar, help fight illnesses, and it has anti-inflammatory properties.  I’ve been craving for sweet potato and kale, so thought I whip something up with cinnamon.  It’s a perfect combination if you’re in for the sweeter side of salads.

 Serves 2

Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cups of chopped curly kale
  • ¼ cup of chopped pecans or walnuts
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp of paprika
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp of grade b maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Cinnamon Maple Dijon Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of grade b maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp of ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil (I like it without olive oil, but feel free to add 1-2 tbsp if needed)

Directions

  1. Cut sweet potato into cubes
  2. Add olive oil and massage the sweet potato cubes
  3. Add nutmeg, paprika, cinnamon to sweet potatoes
  4. Add maple syrup and massage the cubes
  5. Cover your oven pan with parchment paper and bake sweet potatoes at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Flip potatoes every 10-15 minutes
  6. Chop kale in pieces.  It helps distribute the greens and the potatoes evenly
  7. Chop walnuts or pecans
  8. Once your sweet potato is baked add it to a bed of chopped kale
  9. Add dressing ingredients together and whisk.  Make sure the cinnamon and ginger are mix thoroughly
  10. Pour dressing in your salad and mix
  11. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and nuts

Sweet Craving – Cinnamon Coconut Milk

coconut

I love to finish my day with something sweet.  Instead of reaching for something bad I make myself a cup of delicious cinnamon coconut milk.  It’s very satisfying when I’m having a sweet craving.

Combine unsweetened coconut milk, dash of cinnamon (I love cinnamon, so lots of dashes for me), and a spoon full of maple syrup or agave to give it some sweetness.  Bring to boil and WALLA – a perfect yet healthy dessert!

Morning Fruit Nosh

Rise and shine everyone! My husband and I have a fun-filled day planned taking a trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly and then hopping on over to Artomatic in Crystal City, so we need plenty of energy from breakfast. Here’s a quick post of a delicious morning nosh to start your day.

We have hardy fruits around our kitchen so I chopped up bananas, cherries, mangos, and clementines (mangos and clementines courtesy of Mama Chiang). You can use anything you like. I tend to have these fruits in our kitchen because they last a long time. Then sprinkle walnut pieces and drizzle organic grade B maple syrup to fuse the fruits together. Honey can be used but grade B maple syrup is packed with nutrients. This is a great substitute for those who are allergic to honey.

A quick fruit salad while I read Vogue. By the way, I love this edition of Vogue – America’s Olympic Hopefuls. It’s refreshing to see athletes on the cover. They have the most beautiful bodies, because they can do amazing things like hurdles, gymnastics rings, or butterfly stoke. Athletes are strong, gorgeous, and the epitome of super fit.

Enjoy this spectacular Sunday!