Hello Lovelies, I really hope everyone had a good start into the new year! Do you have ever make resolutions? Do more sports, eat healthier or something else? I have to admit, I stopped making resolutions some time ago, because if I'm honest with myself, I don't have the willpower to stick to them, or maybe they are not realistic ones. Either way, I still think the new year is perfect to rethink some habits and to get back to a healthier lifestyle. Especially after xmas and all the celebrations and gatherings. I'm one of those people, that like to enjoy all the food over Christmas without stressing too much about what and how much I eat. If I have to decide between hitting the gym, or stay cozy at home with my loved ones - the last one always wins. I'm sure I would feel better if I would work out more over the holidays, but in the end I have to be honest with myself and I don't see a point in pretending. It will be the same each year - and don't get me wrong, it's not as if I would only eat junk food over Christmas, but there are more indulgences for sure. And the time with my family is also very important to me, so I don't think I will look back in 20 years, thinking about the extra pounds I may have gained, but the lovely time we spent as a family and the memories we made.

So thats my kind of self-reflection. What about you? Are you always sticking to your healthy habit, also over the holidays?

So in January I restock the fridge with all the healthy foods and greens and thats why I was happy when Madena Lifestyle contacted me and asked if I would want to test their products and also create a recipe for them. One of the products they offer is a supplement for better gut health, which I started to take this week. It's a mixture, which you put in water and is easy to drink, since it doesn't have a taste. It will help to supply your body with enough fibre and also can stimulate the lipometabolism for better results. I will keep you updated how I will feel while I take the supplement for the next weeks. A healthy gut is so important for our overall wellbeing and we often neglect it.

So now for the recipe, I wanted to create something light, seasonal and of course delicious. I'm a big fan of Kale, but I also know that lot of my friends and family find it too hard or don't know a good way to prepare it. So I wanted to show a good and yummy way to make it, so most people will like it as a salad. There is a trick to get soft and tasty kale: it's a massage. Yes the kale will have a spa treatment and as a result will be smooth and happily treat you with a special flavor - so easy isn't it? (I also heard this works with your wife as well :-).

You massage the kale with lemon juice, olive oil and some sea salt and this will do the trick. I also added some shaved fennel to the salad, since I really love it. As well as Pomelo, to get a special flavor and of course pomegranate arils - you already know how much I love them. Peeling the pomelo isn't so much fun, but it's so worth it.

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Here is the recipe:

Kale salad with fennel and pomelo
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Kale salad with pomelo, fennel and pomegranate

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  • 250 gr kale
  • 1/2 pomelo
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 fennel
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate juice
  • some twigs lemon thyme or regular thyme
  • pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Peel the pomelo and remove the pulp
  • Cut the pomegranate in half and remove the seeds from 1 half
  • Shave the fennel thinly (with a mandolin or a knife)
  • Roast the pine nuts without oil in a pan
  • Remove the kale from the hard stems, wash and dry it
  • Add to a bowl with 1 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice and 1 tsp sea salt - add an additional tsp oil on your fingers and massage the kale (like kneading bread) for 4-5 minutes until soft and dark green
  • Add to a bowl with the fennel, pomelo and pomegranate seeds
  • For the dressing: juice the other half of the pomegranate, and add with all the other ingredients to a jar (take only the little leaves of the thyme) - shake well
  • Add the dressing to the salad and sprinkle with the pine nuts

The dressing is just very light, since there is already oil massaged into the kale. I love to add the roasted pine nuts for some extra crunch and because of the nutty flavor. If you can't find fresh lemon thyme, it's also good to just use regular one.

And now I'm happy to announce a give away for you. Two you have the chance to win a surprise package from MADENA Lifestyle, which includes the intestinal cure, their new vegan protein shake and a base citrate cure.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Leave a comment here, why you would want to win the products.
  • Everyone with an address in Europe can participate.
  • You can also leave a comment on my Facebook or Instagram page to take part

So now please go and give your kale salad a good massage, it will be so happy and you will get the yummiest salad. As always I'm super happy to receive your feedback - there is no better feeling for a food blogger if you tell me that you try and like my recipes!

Love Verena

*This blogpost is a cooperation with Madena Lifestyle, the opinion and experience is my own. 

If you want to pin the recipe, you can use this picture for Pinterest:

Kale salad with fennel and pomelo


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Michelle says:

Hört sich nach einer sehr leckeren Kombination an! Ich liebe Granatäpfelkerne auch sehr, die landen überall – egal ob Porridge oder Salat.
Ich habe bald Prüfungen und mein Alltag besteht aus viel Stress und Kaffee – Bauchweh inklusive. Daher würde ich mich sehr über die Produkte freuen!

Verena Frei says:

Liebe Michelle, du bist eine der Gewinnerinnen. Bitte schreib mir doch eine email mit deiner Adresse! Herzlichen Glückwunsch und liebe Grüsse

Verena Frei says:

Liebe Michelle, einfach so lecker und noch dazu sehr gesund! Dann wünsche ich dir viel Glück, ich denke das Paket kannst Du gut gebrauchen gegen den Prüfungsstress. Liebe grüsse, Verena

Such a beautiful salad, Verena! I love adding pomegranate seeds and pine nuts to salads as well. Love the photography!

Verena Frei says:

Thank you so Nisha, also for stopping by! I made the salad three times already and it was always a hit. Much love

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