Over the weekend I attended a wedding in Columbus, Ohio. There were two ceremonies, a traditional Ghanaian, wedding and then the standard American wedding, no exaggeration, it was one of the most fun experiences I've had in a long time. It was amazing to be apart of two beautiful ceremonies, both so different, but in the end it was just about a celebration and having a good time. The food was good, lot's of rice and veggies, I danced my ass off and of course the alcohol was flowing. In my mind, it would be criminal to turn down champagne or a crisp vodka with a splash of soda and two limes at such a joyous occasion, so, I didn't. I didn't feel hung-over (I swear by drinking at least a liter of water before bed), but with three days of consecutive drinking whether I felt bad or not, I know how bad it is for my body.
When my flight landed at LAX, I went straight to Whole Foods and stocked up on lots of fresh veggies and made my favorite raw, hydrating salad. It's filled with cucumbers, celery, grapes, cherry tomatoes, carrots and cilantro, all so hydrating, filled with water and will help my body restore it's inner balance. It's quick and easy, I like to top it with pumpkin seeds, crushed black pepper, a store bought fermented salad, like wild brine to help get some extra probiotics and nutritional yeast for vitamin B12. I usually dress it would some lemon juice and a little EVOO but this time I opted for the Get Your Vibes approved Ginger Sesame dressing from Bragg's that you can find at most grocery stores.
The recipe is below and I served it with a side of oil free, roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower, sprinkled with garlic granules, along with homemade guac and spinach tortilla's, it was almost like a mezze plate. Enjoy!
Serving is for one but it's easy to make and what's nice is that it keeps well stored in the refrigerator so you can make some in advance.
1 carrot chopped
1-2 celery sticks
1/2 cup of cucumber
1/4 cup zucchini
1/4 cup yellow squash
1/2 cup of grapes
1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes
Wash and chop all the veggies, place in a bowl, add cilantro to your liking, S&P and toss with Alpine Avocado or Braggs Ginger Sesame dressing (both are Get Your Vibes approved), top with some healthy items like Wild Brine, pumpkin or hemp seeds, nutritional yeast and avocado.
Optional: Side of roasted sweet potato, cauliflower or your favorite roasted veggies.