Self-Love Spinach Salad

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Self-Love Spinach Salad

By Katiee McKinstry

As we say goodbye to summer, we also (thankfully) leave behind pollen just about everywhere, but sadly also the freshest produce you can imagine. For this recipe, you’ll want to get to the farmers market before they start closing up shop—some of these ingredients will quickly be out of season!

It is no secret that eating with intention is so important, but you can also incorporate spellwork into the process of cooking and eating. How? Through the way you chop your ingredients, the way you mindfully chew your food, and by the love you incorporate in every meal. Seasonal shifts invite change; we are ever evolving, growing, blossoming, aging. Inviting in some self-love to your life during this shift is the perfect thing to do, especially through a fresh spinach salad!

To incorporate a self-love spell into your salad, you have to take things step by step. Starting with your chopping. As you are going through the motions of chopping your salad, set your intention. This intention could be something as simple as “I love myself.” However, if you’re looking for something deeper, think of an “I am” statement; something that you wouldn’t normally say to yourself. Such as, “I am beautiful,” “I am powerful,” or “I am limitless.” Once you have this intention/spell in mind, start chopping and chanting these intentions out loud. The power of speaking things into existence helps you to manifest them into reality. 

Once you have finished chopping, put your salad together! (Don’t worry, there is a recipe below to help you find the perfect ingredients.) Once you sit down to eat, it’s time to continue your spellwork. Close your eyes, and envision a beautiful magenta light floating just above your head. Take three long, deep breaths, inhaling good things, and exhaling the bad like anxiety, stress, and tension. Now, let the magenta light surround your entire body, like a fortress or bubble around you. Feel the warmth and love of this pink-colored light, and know that this love is always here for you. This is your self-love. Once you’ve visualized this, open your eyes and take in that gratitude. Now, say your intentions out loud once again from when you were chopping, and take your first bite! 

Lastly, as you are eating your salad make sure to eat mindfully. Don’t stare at your phone or TV, instead, chew slowly and appreciate all your food has to offer you. Take a moment to be grateful for the food you have, and the body that fuels you to take on the world. Remember that you are so, so loved. By yourself, your body, your food, and your loved ones. Don’t rush! Be in the present moment. 

And, finally, the Self-Love Spinach Salad Recipe: 

  • Spinach: Use Spinach as your base leafy green for strength and prosperity.

  • Pine nuts: Add pine nuts to help you feel more grounded and with the earth.

  • Mango: Add mango for inspiration and inner glow.

  • Apple: Add apples for intuition.

  • Coconut: Add coconut for inner warmth. 

  • Red Cherries/Cranberries: Add something red, either cherries or cranberries, for love. 

  • Balsamic vinaigrette: Top it off with some balsamic vinaigrette for emotional healing.

  • Tofu (optional): Add some tofu honestly if you’re needing a little more strength and protein.

Feel free to use however much you want of each ingredient! This salad is about you and your love. Blessed be!

Katiee is a witchy writer based outside Atlanta, Georgia. She writes about witchcraft, astrology, gaming, pop culture, and more. Her biggest passion is music and concerts, and she has a rabbit named Florence and a cat named Dexter. Follow her on Twitter at @rosecafletic.

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