Thriving Green Superfood Dressing
As I’ve journeyed through my IBS, I’ve noticed that blending my nuts and seeds before eating them is very beneficial. Something to remember is that you may be what you eat, but more importantly, you are what you absorb!
I came to realize that even though I was eating very healthy, “clean” so-to-speak, with a lot of whole foods and no processed foods, my digestive system was so poor I wasn’t absorbing most of those nutrients. My efforts to eat healthy were basically going to waste.
As I healed my gut I began making this green superfood dressing. It’s essentially a “throw whatever you have in” type of deal, using nuts and seeds to make it creamy. Blending those nuts and seeds has allowed to be able to absorb all of those wonderful nutrients.
I also discovered the importance of activating raw nuts and seeds to decrease enzyme inhibitors (just like beans and grains) and increase digestibility, as well as keeping them raw to preserve all of those wonderful enzymes that are naturally present.
Over the course of a year I’ve become very in-tune with my body, especially my digestive system, and noticing the affects that different foods have on it. Soaking my nuts and seeds has made a huge difference on how well I digest them (*hint hint* gas!). I believe it to be very important for everyone to do so, even if your gut is healthy!
So, maybe you’re healing your gut. Or, your gut it perfectly healthy, but you want an alternative to store-bought dressings that are usually filled with nasty ingredients, especially the creamy ones. Not only is mine dairy, oil and preservative-free, but it’s creamy, delicious, loaded with fiber, protein, and nutrients, and full of foods that are focused on gut health! Time to smother your salad in this amazing dressing!
- Nuts and seeds, soaked or sprouted (but do not need to dehydrate)
- Chia seeds, great for thickness and creaminess
- Greens, kale, collard greens, rainbow chard, spinach, arugula, and beet greens are my favorite
- Peas, frozen or fresh
- Parsley, or other fresh herb
- Lemon, peeled but kept whole
- Nutritional yeast
- Sauerkraut, the traditionally fermented kind
- Salt and pepper, if needed
Put your choice of nuts and seeds, and an equal amount of chia seeds, into your blender. Be careful not to go too overboard with the chia seeds so your dressing doesn't become "gelatinized."
Throw in as many handfuls of your choice of greens and as much peas as you'd like. Pack 'em in! The peas especially help to create that creamy texture.
Add a few sprigs of parsley and about 1/4 of a lemon to start. You can always add more if needed after blending and tasting.
Sprinkle in your spirulina and nutritional yeast. I simply sprinkle some of both in for a single serving, so adjust according to how much you make at a time.
Finish with a scoop or two of sauerkraut (the more the better in my opinion!) and a sprinkle of salt.
Add enough water to just cover all of your ingredients and blend well. This thickens as it blends, especially with those chia seeds in there, so stream in more water while it's blending as you like. Some days I add little water and keep it very thick, other times I like it thin so I add more. Go with your preference!
The dressing should be well blended and very creamy!
Taste. Does it need any more lemon? Parsley? Salt? Add more of any ingredients if desired and blend again until smooth.
I vary my choice of nuts and seeds each time I make it. I typically do a combination of almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, flax seeds, and sesame seeds. Definitely do not use certain nuts or seeds if you can't handle them, but I do encourage you to experiment with and vary yours as well!
*For those that don't know, my recipes are made as whole and nutrient-dense as possible, but still incredibly satisfying. I share my recipes without measurements and hope they equip you to not feel confined to a recipe, but rather confident in your kitchen to be able to create something unique, nourishing, and delicious all on your own. So take this recipe as inspiration and enjoy! Head on over to my IG @noelle.parton and tag me if you try this out, or contact me if you have questions or comments.
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