By Melissa Crispell
Kale! They put that stuff on everything.
4 C. roughly chopped Kale
4 radishes sliced thin
½ Medium red onion sliced thin
¼ C. Pepitas
¼ C. Cotija (goat cheese or feta cheese will also work well)
1 avocado sliced
Pinch of Celtic sea salt (or other mineral rich salt)
Coarse ground pepper (to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Lg (or 2 small) garlic cloves crushed
Bundle of finely chopped thyme, parsley, basil (or choose your favorite herbs)
2 Tbs of Avocado oil (edible oils are not necessary but can be nice)
- Mix greens, onion, and radish, in a large but shallow bowl.
- Whisk lemon juice, avocado oil, and herbs.
- Dress the salad and toss around.
- Sprinkle the top with your choice of cheese, pepitas, salt, and pepper.
- Fan avocado slices on the side of the bowl for presentation.
Melissa Crispell is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Natural Health Provider, Certified Lifestyle Educator, Certified Wellness Coach, and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. That’s just during the work day! The rest of the day is spent as mom, Abuela (Abbie for short), coach, wife, cook, chauffeur, cheerleader, marathoner and triathlete.
Melissa has been published in Living Well (local health magazine), DC Practice Insights (a national magazine to help Chiropractors grow their businesses) and Acupuncture Today. In addition, she has spoken at the, Functional Medicine Success Summit, The Easter Seals Annual Caregiver Conference, and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is a Member of Health Studies Collegium speaker’s bureau, and has given classes for Naturopathic Physicians, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and other healthcare providers.
Melissa has served almost 9 years as a Clinical Training Specialist for PERQUE Integrative Health, teaching physicians and providers all over the world how to grow their functional medicine practice using medical grade supplements and functional immunology. Melissa’s mission is to empower people of all health statuses to take control of their wellness journey.
Melissa believes that when we have better information, we make better choices. This includes debunking myths and sharing basic health concepts that are frequently overlooked. The future of healthcare is definitely self-care and we must take responsibility for our choice.