Be sure to watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this beautiful grapefruit avocado spinach salad.
Last night I had a dream I was being chased by a yellow boa constrictor. I knew he couldn’t catch me, because in the dream I could run pretty fast. But, still, it was disturbing and I had to take a moment to figure this out. I did what any sensible person does these days and i googled it.
Snake dreams are quite common and there are many different interpretations. It was proposed that the color yellow is symbolic, meaning possible cowardice or betrayal, or it might be linked to my intellect and intuition. Perhaps brain overload!
Truthfully, I’m not sure I want to know what it means. I have had snake dreams for years, but this was the first time it was a boa constrictor. Do I feel suffocated or perhaps it has to do with the stress that January brings to do everything I ever thought I should do, personally and professionally, all at once starting now.
Is this happening to you too? I’m a bit overwhelmed, and my head is turning in too many directions. As part of a blogging community and many social media networks, I’m privy to what everyone out there is doing and they’re doing a lot, always so much more than I am, or so it seems. Cleanse, detox, purge, clean the pantry, garage, closet and read a book a week, while you sit on nightly webinars learning how to reach the top, as coveted secrets are revealed.
This grapefruit spinach salad is not about losing weight or January’s resolutions, although it certainly would fit just about any kind of program, as it’s paleo friendly, dairy free and could be vegan if you left out the bacon. I eat like this all year round, but it’s especially good during this time of year, when I need my brain to work.
So what do we do when brain fog hits, our head is swimming and we’re trying to catch too many fish at once?
Two Things Can Help us Get and Stay Focused.
1. WRITE IT DOWN.
The “it” can be anything, your prayers, your needs, your blessings. Get your emotional stuff out of the way and write, not type. The brain works differently when you actually use cursive, on real paper or white boards.
2. EAT RIGHT.
We not only are what we eat, our brain is what we eat.
This isn’t about cleansing or getting off Christmas weight, etc. It’s about an intentional daily habit of making sure you gain control of your life by feeding your brain
The avocado not only fills us up in a good way, due to its high fat content and caloric density, avocado is very good for our brain and did you know you can peel the skin off.
Avocado improves brain function, as it improves the blood flow and oxygenization to the brain. This clears the brain fog and helps us think better, stay focused. Avocados are rich in a fatty acid helps myelin, the part of brain that helps information travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Source. I really need that.
The pink grapefruit, high in Vitamin C, is also high in antioxidants, and can be a boost to the immune system. I like the tart/sweet combination that wakes me up. A good immune system leads to feeling better, thus thinking better.
Everyone knows spinach is healthy, but did you know that it’s a high source of magnesium, a key component in energy metabolism. So put it all together and you have a very healthful salad that will allow you to work with intention, energy and clear thought.
Didn’t know a grapefruit, avocado, bacon salad could be a key in smart thinking? Tell me, how do YOU get your brain focused?
- six cups or one bag or bunch of baby spinach leaves, wash, rinsed, dried
- 2 slices bacon, cut into bits and fried crispy
- 1 pink grapefruit
- 1 avocado
- 2 tablespoon grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar (can substitute red wine or white vinegar)
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Cut grapefruit into wedges using a sharp knive. Use enough to squeeze out two tablespoons of juice. Cut up rest for the salad.
- Cut avocado into cubes.
- Arrange Spinach in a bowl. Mix with just enough salad dressing to wet the leaves. Baby spinach wilts quickly, so go easy.
- Add in bacon, grapefruit and avocado.
- Season with salt and pepper, and adjust dressing as necessary.
- Shake grapefruit juice, champagne vinegar. Add in olive oil.
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