4 Budget Beauty Hacks That Will FREE Your Mind

As a growing list of companies show their true colors (hey Dove and Shea Moisture!) in the beauty essentials department, we’ve been more inclined to put our money elsewhere and try out some do-it-yourself recipes from some of our favorite sites.

When you make the decision to make your own products, not only are you creating a scenario where you do not have to rely on a manufacturer but, most importantly, you have control over the ingredients. You know exactly what goes into your products and what effect it will have on your body. This control is especially important for those with allergies and sensitivities as well as those that are just on a journey to be more aware of the things that they are putting into (and onto) their bodies. You want to know the best part?! It is not at all as time consuming as one would think! Literally, I knocked out a DIY scrub, deodorant, and facemax in less than an hour and after comparing the prices I saved myself about $35 in the process. As Chan is always saying, “there is absolutely nothing wrong with being fine and frugal!”

So, do you guys want in on a couple of our favorite do-it-yourself beauty care recipes?

Mask-Off…Or On?

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As temperatures are dropping it is really important to make sure that you are hydrating by upping your water intake. Not only does it quench your thirst, but it also satisfies your skin as well. We absolutely love a good avocado hydrating mask, and with three simple ingredients that you probably have in your home already, there is nothing stopping you from giving it a try

Bombs Over Bath Time

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Image A Beautiful Mess

There are few things that we splurge on these days. Even the Queen of Sneaks Chan will rarely pay full price for a nice pair of kicks and, as a single mom, I am all about deals and finding any way possible to cut cost. But, let me be honest and say I am a little bit obsessed with bath bombs. I’ve splurged once and bought one but after regretting my purchase I decided I would just live vicariously through these here insta stories and watch you guys transform your bath water. Lol! But, while prepping this post I came across two dope things! 1) A mold kit from Amazon that is 9.99 and 2) A recipe that I am pretty geeked to try out so I can quit stalking others and just make the water turn colors my darn self.

What do you guys think? Is convenience worth the health risks that are posed? Can we turn a blind eye to companies that do not fully respect their consumers just because there is a demand for their product? Show your body some self-love and create products that will cater to your own needs and save a little money while you are at it.

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5 Style Brands You Probably Don't Know (But Should)

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Image Salvador Flores

Let’s face it: the internet, as busy as it is, can be the gift that keeps on giving for consumers (that would be us, y’all). With everything you could possibly think of at the tip of your keyboard (and possibly delivered in 48 hours thanks to Amazon) all of those options can get overwhelming and confusing enough to make you stick with what you know. Believe us, Chan and I definitely feel you. But every now and then, we stumble across a new, under-the-radar brand that fills us with warm e-purchase feels - the kind that get us all giddy and excited and reminds us just why we enjoy receiving packages in the mail.

Sure, we’ll always have a deep love and appreciation for some of our favorite e-shops and brick and mortar boutiques. But, at a time when many brands are losing touch with our needs as consumers, it’s refreshing to be captivated by, lesser-known, and often small locally-based, brands that are not only trying to make a name for themselves — but deserve to do so.

For that reason, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite brands you probably haven’t heard of. These businesses boast refreshing creativity, intense attention to detail, and a genius eye for wearability that will have you ready to spend your pennies and support a new kid on the e-block. Read on for the inside scoop on 5 brands to watch right now. We’re huge fans.

For the Fashion Lover on a Budget: BooHoo.com

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If you’re anything like us, you know that being on a budget is absolutely necessary to reaching the goals you have for yourself. Chances are, most of us don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on our wardrobe so, it’s important to find options that are both stylish and easy on our budgets. BooHoo.com is one such online retailer that is finding a fan throughout the US - including the other half of our Fit Chick squad, Channing. She’s ordered a few things from the UK-based style house and swears by her purchases which can often be found at 50 - 60% off. Just for some perspective: the outfit she’s wearing in the picture above cost her less than $50 total - minus the shoes. WIN and WIN.

For the Motivational Giant:  Compete Every Day

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If you’re looking to say it with your chest (or back, or shorts), Compete Every Day is a brand that you probably need in your life. Designed for the go-getter who loves to motivate, Compete Every Day is built on the idea that life, even with all of it’s challenges, is worth competing for. Their catchy screen print options celebrate the competitor inside of all of us and serve as a reminder to do your best in every bit of your day. Add the fact that nothing is over $35 and, I think you’ll want to take a look!

Did you spot any brands you weren’t familiar with?  Do you have any suggestions on brands you love that we might not know? We’re always down to give new things a shot! Let us know in the comments below!

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy with Lysa TerKeurst

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Are you guys ready to crush your last quarter goals so that you can bring in 2018 with a new perspective? I know we are! We took a couple of weeks off to reset, refocus, and plan content that is curated with intention, but now, we are back!

Those of you who are regulars to our #FitChicks series know that we always start the month with a little bit of motivation. We love showing love to ladies that have made an impact in their field and that inspire us in the bossiest way possible, and this month is no different.

It’s funny because both Channing and I have found ourselves in a season of major growth but, growth does not necessarily come in the form of all things positive. In fact, most of the time growth comes through trials. There is a distinct beauty in the lessons you learn, the people you impact and, most importantly, how close it brings you to God. That is why our October #BossChick is the perfect pick for this season and this walk.

I’m passionate about studying scripture and teaching from the lessons God is teaching me. I’m no preachy expert. I’m a simple girl who speaks about hope in the midst of my own struggles. Bringing God’s word to life so that it makes a difference in our everyday life is my greatest joy in speaking.
— Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa Terkeurst is the President and Founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Not only is she a mother of five but, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued and Made to Crave. Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as Focus on the Family, and CNN online. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community and I am a huge fan of her program.

Lysa Terkeurst is the President and Founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Not only is she a mother of five but, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued and Made to Crave. Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as Focus on the Family, and CNN online. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community and I am a huge fan of her program.

Check out three reasons why we chose Lysa as our October Boss Chick!

She’s Not Perfect And Does Not Pretend To Be

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One of the main complaints I hear from people who question organized religion is that the people in power are fake, judgy, and unrealistic. One of the main things that we like about Lysa is the fact that she does not pretend to live a “perfect” life. She’s real and wants to meet people where they are through her work with Proverbs 31 Ministries.

She Created An Empire Without Compromising Her Faith

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I don’t know many women “bosses” that haven’t questioned their path and purpose at one time or another. The thing we love most about Proverbs 31 Ministries is that their intentions were just to glorify God. It was just that simple.

What began in 1992 as a monthly newsletter has grown into a multifaceted ministry that touches and transforms the lives of women around the world. Through God’s direction, Proverbs 31 Ministries has gone from a couple of volunteers folding newsletters in a garage to an international women’s ministry reaching hundreds of thousands of women every day with the hope of Jesus Christ.
— Lysa TerKeurst

She Has A Willingness To Meet People Where They Are At

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With the world glued to their phones, what better way to meet people where they are than to create an app that helps to keep you accountable and focused? The First5 App challenges you to spend your first 5 minutes of the day with God via your mobile device. How many of us are willing to admit that we scroll Instagram or whatever our favorite social media fix is as soon as we wake up? That used to be me too but, the First5 App was literally a game changer!

Make sure that you stay connected with Lysa and all things Proverbs31 and download the First5App too!

Who are some ladies that have been on your radar lately? We feel like you can almost find inspiration anywhere and we would love to know who is inspiring you!

#FitChicks: This Meal Planning Template Will Be Your Best Friend

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Photo by Cathryn Lavery 

A perfectly executed, well- planned meal is the secret weapon to attaining most, if not all, of your fitness goals. One of the things we hear the most is how people ultimately want to develop a well-toned and perfectly healthy body. The reality is, we live in a pretty fitness-obsessed world and meal planning is about as normal as putting on socks. The question then becomes, are you really meal planning are just “looking” like you are meal planning?

We all know that person that is highlighting the cute little meal prep containers they just purchased, or the smoothies they just prepped in their aqua blue mason jars and although it looks cute the continuous execution in order to adapt a genuine lifestyle change often times falls flat.

Weekly meal planning can significantly improve the nutrition value of your diet, help you manage your food intake, make you accountable and the best part is that it WILL save you money in the long run! We can’t say that we know anyone that does not want to have healthier food in their own lifestyle or especially in their family’s diet. The “wanting” falls short mostly due to time being the culprit. Let’s face it - everyday life is busy. The question then becomes how can we make time to prepare healthy meals despite all of the things that the week may throw at us? We’re here to help!

Here are our top three ways to become a master prepper - and, we’re even including a reward at the end. Yes, we are rewarding you for making the conscious effort to get on track and actually Live YOUR Fit!

Incorporate 15 minute Meals For Dinner on Busy Days

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Photo by Chinh Le Duc 

When the week is extremely busy, when you know that you will be working late and out of the house and tempted to eat fast food, 15-minute meals are the way to go. I personally like to make dinners fresh each evening so I rely heavily on 15-minute and 30-minute meals. The key is to already know what you are going to eat and try to do the cutting and portioning out of ingredients on your designated meal prep day in order to make the process that much easier.

Utilize the Hell Out of Your CrockPot

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I own three of these bad boys and oh what a difference they make. These come in handy when you won’t be out of the house for more than 10 hours but want to take a break from making dinner. Slow cooker meals are so amazing! You can literally throw something into the crock pot and come back 10 hours later to dinner being done. Check out some of our favorite “healthy” slow cooker meals here.

 

So what do you guys think?! Are you ready to try out this meal planning thing? Well, in an effort to get you started we are hooking you guys up with a free meal planning template! All you have to do is download, print, and plan! We really, really want you guys to be great!

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XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 5 Ways We Strive For Balance

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Photo by Patrick Hendry 

Let’s be honest: none of us have this figured out. So, before any of you think myself or Chan have come up with a magic balance formula allow me to save you the trouble: we haven’t. Learning how to negotiate our full-time jobs and the demands of “real life” is just as much a struggle for us as it is for you. Maintaining focus, excitement, drive, and achieving a certain level of “success” (whatever that looks like from your POV) is even more challenging when you’re building your own business from the ground up. How do you make sure you’re staying true to your vision AND stacking your coins? How do you separate professional time from personal time when the lines blur so easily? And is there really any down time for people who are running growing businesses?

We ask ourselves this constantly - it’s on a continuous loop in our minds. But, for the longest time, both of us lived in the land of worry. And, whenever we’d make the trip, you can bet one of two things happened: either we’d work ourselves to the bone and, often, get sick as a result OR we’d mess around and allow ourselves the slack off heavy all while calling it self-care. Basically, balance was not a strong suit. But, with growth comes different perspective and both of us have adopted a few things that help make our attempts at achieving balance a bit more realistic.

Say It Loud: BOUNDARIES

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Photo by Sean DuBois 

It’s easy to allow work to consume you, both physically and metaphorically, when you’re super caught up in just staying afloat. One thing we learned though is that setting boundaries is imperative to building a solid bridge between your present and your future. If that means you don’t take a work call or answer an email after 9pm, do it. If that means you don’t schedule meetings during a certain time of day in order to find a few minutes of peace, there is nothing wrong with that. Establishing what you will and will not allow in your space is absolutely necessary in the search for balance.

Practicing Actual Self-Care

Chan saw a quote a few weeks ago that read: “Sometimes self-care is adding a little bit more to your savings account.” This is so true! Recently, the idea of “self-care” has been more about pampering yourself than establishing a clear understanding of what you need in order to recharge and work more efficiently. Don’t get us wrong - we are firm believers in a manicure, a massage, or a Saturday Netflix binge on the couch to ease your stress. There is, however, a time when sometimes you have to do the things that you don’t necessarily want to do (i.e. putting more in your savings account so you can pay a photographer for your next blog post instead of buying that pair of sneakers) to set yourself up for a win. It feels a lot more like balance when you recognize that giving up something is really for your gain.

Like I said before, we still haven’t figured out an exact formula, but we know what has been working for us, individually, on a consistent basis.  And, truthfully, as we evolve those needs will shift.  How do you strive to attain balance? Anything you recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy With Alisa Calloway

And just like that, it's August. As we ease into the 3rd Quarter of the year, both Chan and I have been hit with a sense of overwhelm. Life in general isn't all that easy to navigate but, add family obligations, 9-5 responsibilities, and building dream businesses and - well, sometimes a pick-me-up is necessary.

That's why we love our Boss Chick series. More often than not, we both find tremendous amounts of #Chickspiration in the women we feature. It's not about comparison or competition - it's about admiring women who are getting it done and, in the case of our August Boss Babe, often in 13 hour days.

Alisa Calloway is taking her talents and making women feel beautiful in a way that is kind of essential for ladies who like to treat themselves. Alisa owns and operates Studio Moiselle, a Dallas-based nail salon which focuses on taking a natural approach to your monthly mani-pedi.

So, are you ready to meet our newest Boss Chick? I'm thinking that's a yes! Take a look at three reasons why Alisa inspires us in the BOSSiest way possible.

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: De-Stress With Claire Fountain of Trill Yoga

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Last week, we let you in on our first Trill Yoga experience with Claire Fountain (you may remember her from the Boss Chick feature we did on her not to long ago) courtesy of the Cosign Experience weekend.

Chan and I also had the opportunity to sit down and have a little one-on-one chat with the Queen of Trill herself where we talked about stress, how you carry it with you in your body, and how yoga is one way to help alleviate or reduce the amount of stress that we carry in our bodies.

This candid convo with Claire made us really think about the stress we’re holding and why. How does it happen and, most importantly, how do we de-stress our bodies and recognize when we’re starting to experience overwhelming emotions? Can you relate? Get a glimpse at how we’re releasing stress and why it’s imperative for you to do the same.

Our bodies are so wise, and they are always speaking to us. It is up to us to listen to them. That is a key to owning our wellness.
— Margarita Alcantara
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So Why Do We Hold Stress In Our Bodies?

Most of the time it is done subconsciously. So many of us are just focused on making it through the day that we take things away without dealing with them and it manifests itself in ways that ultimately cause stress. Can you believe that sometimes we do it intentionally? Think of that “thing” you did, that you are ashamed of. Stress is a way of punishing ourselves for the things we have yet to forgive ourselves for. I, for one, am guilty of this at times. When you are literally “carrying” all of these negative emotions that you just do not know how to let go of and move past, you are manifesting stress and it has to live somewhere. The home inevitably becomes your body.

What Evidence Is There Of Stress In Our Bodies? In What Ways Does It Manifest?

-Back pain

-Neck Pain

-Shoulder Pain

-Digestive Issues

-Respiratory Issues

Ultimately letting go of stress, negativity, and emotional pain gives us the feels because it creates a focus on love and all of the positive things we're trying to do with our lives! Big thanks to Claire for giving us the time to pick her brain...much love! What are some ways you de-stress?

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Stretch It Out With Trill Yoga

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All Images Cosign Magazine

Here in Dallas where we live, it’s not too hard to find a good workout. Everything from cycling to bootcamps are readily available but, the one thing we don’t have (at least I’ve never been) is yoga of the TRILL variety. Lucky for us, the folks at Cosign Magazine were celebrating their anniversary with a weekend full of events and they happened to bring the trill to us.

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Claire Fountain, instructor and founder of Trill Yoga, came to make us WERK here in Dallas. Last Saturday, Chan and I arrived at IQ Haus ready for a cool experience. What we didn’t realize was just how intense the hour long session with Claire would be. After the workout, we were treated to refreshing H2O provided by EarthWater and awesome gift bags courtesy of event sponsor Reebok.

Get a taste of our Trill Yoga experience by checking out 4 of our biggest takeaways below:

 

Trill Yoga is definitely bringing all of the VIBES

Super deep stretches, lots of sweat, and more vinyasas than we can count were highlighted by the ebb and flow of soul-drenched SZA records, H-Town homages, and thumping TrapN’B. Basically, we kind of sort of lost focus more than once simply thanks to the impromptu jam session.

Ladies really do love Yoga

We were right on time when we walked into IQ Haus and were pleasantly surprised to see just how many women showed up and showed out for the city. The room was full! Luckily Chan and I were able to find two spots for our mat in the front corner, but, it was tremendously inspirational to see just how many women got up early that Saturday morning to show some love to their bodies and their minds. Namaste, y’all.

Want more? Head on over to CNKDaily.com  via the link below to peep 2 more reasons we’re grateful for our Trill Yoga/Cosign Experience!


Have you experienced Trill Yoga?  Let us know in the comments below.

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#FitChicks: Mid-Year Check Up

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Photo by Ramiro Mendes 

Can you guys believe that we are officially half way through 2017?! The mid-way mark is always a great time to stop and do some reflection, maybe go over the goals you set at the beginning of the year, and make sure you are still on the right track. And, guess what? It is ok if somewhere along that path you faced a detour or two. The key is to not quit, figure out where you may have went wrong, and come up with some new steps to rock your goals because we still have half of the year left!

We too are doing a mid-year check-up this week and making sure that we ( Chan and I) are collectively bringing you the best #FitChicks has to offer! So, this week is a great time to focus in on some of our favorite posts of 2017, just in case you may have missed one or two.

 

What would you like to see more of from our #FitChicks series? What was one of your favorite posts (so far) this year?

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy With Emmelie De La Cruz

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July is here. W...T...F. It seems like just yesterday we were heading into 2017 and introducing you to our January Boss Chick. Now, as we get into the thick of the summer, we think it's important to highlight some of the women who have helped champion us in these first 6 months. One such woman for Chan, is branding/marketing maven Emmelie De La Cruz.

One thing we both love about our respective platforms is getting the opportunity to interact with people who have established voices in a certain area, because - let's face it - we don't know everything. And it's imperative, at whatever business stage you are in, to recognize when you need help and be open to receiving it from someone who makes it their job to help you better yourself.

Emmelie De La Cruz is a marketing professional who, after 2 layoffs from corporate marketing positions, has found her voice in slanging no-nonsense branding strategy to millennials who are looking to build. This sassy New York native (the title of her last email blast was "Fck all this motivation man…") makes it her business to help push potential into purpose with a dose of, often, tough love.

So, ready to kick off the summer with our July Boss Chick? Of course you are! Take a look at three reasons why Emmelie inspires us in the BOSSiest way possible.

#FitChicks: Best Bathing Suits For Your Body Type

Summer is in full swing and we know if you are anything like us, you are more than ready to start working on your tan, and just getting a little more Vitamin D. The piece of the puzzle that we know most ladies stress about is this: what swimsuits are we rocking this summer? Of course we want something that we can feel comfortable in, but more than that, sometimes you just want something that is going to enhance all of our positive assets. So, we have scoured the e-streets and Instagram pages, turned to the experts, and have found the best bathing suit styles for your body type. Now, hear us when we say there is no rule in picking a bathing suit. If you are comfortable in it then, Girl - DO YOU. But, we wouldn’t be your friends if we didn’t do OUR best to guide you in looking YOUR best. Hopefully, with the picks below, you’ll feel your best too!

If You Want To Hide Your Tummy

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Photo by Rowan Chestnut 

If your mid-section isn’t your favorite, try taking the ruched approach to swimwear. Finding a bathing suit that shows a little skin, maybe a flattering V-neck to draw attention away from your stomach and brings the focus in on your legs, arms, and or chest area. Ruffles are a fun and flirty way to take your beach look to another level without showing too much skin.

For Those With A “Sporty” Frame

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Photo by Jakob Owens 

It’s really important to focus in on your selling points which calls for monokinis and any suit that has really bold prints. A trick this body type is that the smaller your suit bottom is the more fuller your butt will look and I know most of us are looking for any trick to make our milkshake bring all of the boys to yard. Milkshake = butt, just in case you didn’t get our strategic Kelis reference.

Hopefully we have all of our bases covered. What are some of the issues that you face when trying to find the perfect swimsuit? Also, what are some of your favorite brands to shop? Let us know in the comment area below.

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 4 Recipes You Have To Try This Summer

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So, it’s June. For those of us who live in warm (read: ridiculously hot) cites two things are imperative from June - August; easy to make foods that require little to no interaction with an oven and options that are both refreshing (because, again, HOT) and healthy. Chan and I both live in Dallas which seems to have it’s very own heat index so, we’re always interested in finding options that will work for us as we battle 100+ degree temps and Saturday BBQ’s.

As we dive into the thick of summer, we thought we’d compile a few fresh and time-friendly options that you can utilize for a quick meal or to shine at the company picnic. We tapped two of our favorite food bloggers, Dixya Bhattarai of FoodPleasureandHealth.com and Bobbi Burleson of bobbiskozykitchen.com to grace us with 4 recipes that we absolutely have to try this summer. While you won’t find any burgers in this bunch, you will find options that will fill you up, are vegetarian-friendly, and even one that will cool AND satisfy your sweet tooth. Wins all around. Are you ready for some fresh eats? Let’s grub!

 

Chopped Kale and Chickpea Salad

Created by: Dixya Bhattarai

Created by: Dixya Bhattarai

It’s a pretty sturdy salad that will hold up well for a couple of days, great for lunch/picnic, and you can easily customize it based on what you have in the fridge. Chopped Kale and Chickpea Salad with Tamarind Vinaigrette is naturally gluten-free/vegan/allergy-friendly but most importantly it is nutritious, delicious, and easy to assemble.
— Dixya

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chopped kale, ribs removed (I used curly kind but lacinto will work too)

  • 1.5 cups garbanzo beans, cooked (you can use the canned variety)

  • 12-15 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ onion, thinly sliced

  • For the tamarind vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup tamarind water (see notes)

  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (honey or maple syrup to keep it vegan)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • salt, pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, add chopped kale, chickpeas, tomatoes, and onion and give it a nice stir.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, tamarind water, sweetener, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

  3. Generously pour it over the kale mix and massage it well. Let it sit in the refrigerator for half an hour or so right before serving. This allows kale to soften a little bit.

NOTES

-For tamarind water: I used generous 2 tablespoon of tamarind pulp + ¼ cup warm water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then strained the tamarind pulp and only used the tangy tamarind water.

- Depending upon what type of tamarind you use, you may have to adjust accordingly.

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