This post has been sponsored by Kyowa Hakko, opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Between the start of the holidays, dietetic internship jitters, and the day-t0-day of life as a blogger, I’m surprised I even had time to share this Brain-Boosting Spinach Chickpea Salad with you. Believe it or not, this blog work requires a lot of focus. I mean, it is a real job after all! Just within the last week I’ve been on four planes and three film sets, not to mention working on recipe after recipe. Luckily, I made it through and came out on the other side with this brain-healthy salad recipe! Definitely worth it.
It’s funny because when I first began blogging, roughly about 4 years ago, it wasn’t considered a business. In fact, it was nothing more than a hobby. You were lucky if people visited your website (or Facebook page). Now, blogging is an incredibly robust, time-consuming, and lucrative business for the lucky few that get to be a part of it. This month has, thank G-d, presented me with a lot of opportunities including starring in several recipe videos, shooting a campaign that is set to appear in Vogue magazine next year, and securing several private recipe development jobs. This does all come at a cost though. Like I mentioned previously, it is so important to be on and present to succeed at being a blogger.
Of course eating well is one surefire way to maintain laser focus, but that’s only one piece of the puzzle. I recently found a supplement by Healthy Origins that contains Cognizin® and it has helped up my own productivity. It’s a clinically tested form of citicoline that can supply your brain with nutrition to help it stay sharp. The supplement supports mental energy, attention, brain health, and increases phosphatidylcholine to help support healthy brain function. It’s also Non-GMO and free from wheat, gluten, soy, barley, fish, shellfish, peanuts, eggs, and milk. You should give it a shot.
I chose this Brain-Boosting Spinach Chickpea Salad in part because of how tasty it is, but also because of the incredible health benefits it has to offer. Chickpeas are a great source of magnesium, which helps speed up the transmission of messages between brain cells and promote blood flow to the brain. Folate, another key vitamin, is found in spinach and lends itself to our cellular health, DNA integrity and ability to recycle certain key antioxidants. Not to mention spinach’s ability to detox the liver and blood stream.
- 2 large handfuls baby spinach
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup black olives, sliced or whole
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 lemon, squeezed
- 1 Tbsp honey, optional
- ½ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp salt
- pinch of pepper
- In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, honey, cumin, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Chop the spinach and add to a large salad bowl. Layer spinach with chickpeas, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and black olives.
- Pour dressing over and serve.