kale salad
This salad gives you all the benefits of kale, without the digestive distress. When you massage kale, you break down some of the tough fibers in the cell wall that make raw kale hard to digest.


When I started eating kale I quickly found that I couldn’t digest it very well. While I knew it was so healthy, it was always giving me cramps and making me feel bloated. I didn’t get what all the fuss was about.


If this happens to you, the solution is to either steam your kale or massage it. This recipe is one of my favorites because you still get all the amazing benefits of raw kale: the enzymes, magnesium, vitamin C and more.


Massaging nourishing oil and lemon juice into the kale also help make the nutrients more bioavailable and easier to assimilate. Plus, it tastes delicious and can be paired with grilled chicken or fish for a classic healthy meal.


Massaged Kale With Fennel
An easy recipe for those of us who love the benefits of kale but need a better way to digest such a fibrous food.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 bunch kale, chopped
  2. 1 large lemon, juiced
  3. 1 large garlic clove, minced
  4. ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  5. Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  6. 1 cup shredded carrots
  7. 1 cup chopped celery
  8. ½ cup thinly sliced fennel
  9. ¼ cup pine nuts
  1. Add kale to a large mixing bowl along with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Using clean, bare hands, massage the kale until it is wilted (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Once the kale is ready, top your salad with carrots, celery, fennel, and pine nuts. No extra dressing is needed.
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If kale is something that’s hard to digest for you, there might be a deeper issue that needs to be addressed. If you want to be able to eat whatever you want without digestive issues, you need to check out my gut health program. These we’ll cover during this program have truly transformed my life as well as countless others.


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Massaged Kale With Fennel






Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.





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