You guys, it is the new year! Are we all excited to being done with the holidays? And are we all eating salads this month to try and reset out systems??? YESSSS. All the yeses. I, personally, was in need of a serious sugar detox after Christmas ended. Somewhere between October and January, I swear I was impulsively eating candy, cakes, cookies, you name it and I did so whenever I saw it. I think I was having FOMO, like I am going to miss the best chocolate ever, so I had to stuff it in my mouth. Ugh, now that I think about it I get a little queasy. So welcome January and bring on the healthy food this month - please!
I am actually doing a Whole30 with my a few of friends this month. Which is no grains, dairy, sugar, legumes, corn, or booze. It is actually easier to tell you I am just eating meat, veggies, fruit, and fat for the month. Chris really doesn't understand why I am doing it, but I just want to get some of the crap I built up in my system the past few months out of my body and see if I can reset it in some way. I want to see if anything will actually change in how I feel, or if my skin will be better, if I'll have more energy, less anxiety, and on and on. It may be helpful, it may not - we will see. The only thing I feel like I am really going to miss is my yogurt, wine, and my treat latte every now and again. But I think can do anything for 30 days if I really want to...I think at least.
Let me be honest, after the Christmas holiday weekend of doing nothing, sitting in my pjs on the couch with hot chocolate spiked with bourbon, watching movies, and eating constantly, I felt like a blob and started cutting things out of my diet in hopes I wouldn't shock the crap out of my body come January 1st. And so far I am a week in and feeling good. Around day 3 and 4 I was feeling super tired, but I just tried to make sure I was resting, drinking loads of water, and I went to bed early a few times, which totally helped. I've been eating a tons of veggies and loading up on sweet potatoes like its no ones business to try and keep my energy going.
I think having a a plan, getting prepared and having support is super helpful. Two of my friends, whom I also happen to work with, are doing it too. We all went grocery shopping together and then did a big meal prep at my house. Also, we are rotating bringing lunch to work for each other so it is one less meal we each have to plan for. Strength in numbers for sure.
I've been making this salad since citrus season started and I think I might bring it into work for us next week. It is totally Whole 30 friendly and so tasty. I love how fresh it tastes with the grapefruit, but also savoriness that comes with the roasted fennel. Roasting the fennel mellows the licorice taste a ton. I have been roasting a few bulbs so I can eat this salad a couple times during the week and maybe use some of the fennel for a egg scramble. Roasting in large batches is never a bad idea with anything - do it!
spinach salad with chicken, grapefruit, roasted fennel, + toasted almonds
Inspired by A Good Food Day // serves 2 large salads
- 8oz of cooked chicken
- 1 large fennel bulb, halved, then cut into coarse wedges
- 1 large pink grapefruit and it's zest
- 4 big handfuls of fresh spinach, divided between 2 bowls
- 1/4 cup of toasted almonds
- 1 teaspoon and 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare fennel
- Toss fennel in about 1 teaspoon of olive oil until its well coated. Spread fennel evenly on a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes until browned and crispy
- While the fennel is cooking, zest the grapefruit and divide the zest between two bowls, then peel the grapefruit removing most of the white pith (this stuff is super bitter), then cut up the grapefruit and divide between the bowls. Try and cut the grapefruit over the bowls so any of the juices can be added to the salad
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to each bowl and top with the spinach, chicken, and the roasted fennel and toss everything to combine
- Top each salad with 2 tablespoon of toasted almonds and salt and pepper.
Has anyone else ever done Whole30? Do you have tips? Favorite recipes?