Musical Anthems: Mango, Avocado, and Feta Kale Salad

We need to discuss the important of musical anthems. Do you have one?

Everyone really should because, according to my super scientific calculations, the right song has a direct relationship to make greatness happen.

Ok, so you may not reinvent the wheel, but good music is be like a carrot on a string. It gets you amped to run that last mile, gives you the patience to put up with 405 gridlock, and pretty much makes everything better. So, if you don’t have an anthem, you should seriously figure one out.

My anthem changes constantly with no rhyme or reason and the songs may be old, new, or somewhere in between. The only common factors? They’re always upbeat, dance-y, and just the right amount of cheesy. Oh, and it’s absolutely imperative that they’re belt-able (aka able to be sung at max sound while driving alone in the car) so, obviously, that makes for a lot of Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Calvin Harris songs. But lately, I’ve been circling around Disparate Youth by Santigold.

In that same way I need a musical anthem, I need a food anthem to get me motivated to eat well, do you know what I mean?  And, though you’d think I’ve had my fill, I still can’t seem to get enough of kale salads. So, my latest kale salad is one that’s really more of an idea than a recipe — one you can really tailor to your cravings.

It’s a filling vegetarian salad that was interesting enough to keep me eating well but easy enough to put together for a lazy Friday pizza night, which  have become a regular occurrence with my pregnant friend. I used the same method hear of massaging the kale that I use in my book and it gives it a texture that’s much more interesting than raw kale. And my pregnant friend who’s had the ultimate in weird pregnancy food cravings going on? She’s down with this salad though I’ve never seen her touch kale or even a salad with a 10-foot pole.