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Improve your gut health and immunity with this Winter Kale, Pear and Pomegranate Salad!


The season of cozy sweaters and fireside chats is upon us and there’s no better time to reap the benefits of local, sustainable and seasonal eating for the health of your body and the planet!


Global importation has normalized year-round availability of most fruits and vegetables.

However, when fruits and vegetables are eaten in their proper season they provide more nutrients because they’ve matured on the plant rather than being picked too early and trucked thousands of miles to be ripened in cold storage. You my notice that local and seasonal produce tastes better too!


On your next visit to the grocery store, purchase local produce when available and look for what’s in season — from deeply colourful root vegetables and squashes to ruby red cranberries, apples and pomegranates. While you’re at it, pick up the ingredients for this immune-boosting Winter Kale, Pear and Pomegranate salad.


Health benefits:


Kale — for immunity, bone and brain health.

Pear — rich in antioxidants and provides plenty of gut-supportive pre-biotic fibre.

Pomegranate — a powerhouse of phytonutrients that support the good-gut bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila, which encourages healing and integrity of the gut lining.


Winter Kale, Pear and Pomegranate Salad

4 servings, 20 minutes

Ingredients:


2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup

1/8 tsp Sea Salt

6 cups Kale Leaves (thinly sliced)

1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds

1 Pear (cored and thinly sliced)

1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (toasted)