Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Every Day Salad


Every Day Salad
Looking for a great way to incorporate a salad into your “Every Day” without feeling like you’re eating the same thing over and over? Don’t get stuck in SALAD RUT! I’ve got some great tips and I promise it will be filling AND clean!
TIPS:
* Lunchtime is a great time to eat an Every Day salad. You can adjust it so it’s not the same daily! 
* Some items you buy for an Every Day salad can last days or weeks…which makes it a great consistent meal you can have daily, but change up the taste!
* Whether you work in an office or work at home you keep the “materials” you need in one spot! You can use Sunday as a “prep” day to get things ready for your salad. Grocery shop, hard-boil eggs, bake or cook chicken, wash and cut up veggies, separate foods into containers and portion out sizes!
* Summer/Farmer’s Market-time is an AWESOME time to make salads for lunch, but really it can be done ALL YEAR LONG!
* Some Salad basics? Some good greens (romaine or leaf are good options NOT head lettuce), cucumbers or zucchini and tomato are great starters to build off of, but really, ANYTHING GOES!
Here are some ideas for salad fillers. There are SO many more ideas here, but I wanted to give you some ideas of how to build a great salad that can be changed up daily:

VEGGIES: Beets, kale, carrots, mushrooms, hot peppers, green onions, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, corn
PROTEIN: Tuna, chicken, eggs, ground turkey, turkey bacon, steak, shrimp, salmon, quinoa, marinated tofu 
DAIRY: Feta, fresh mozzarella, cut up string cheese, cheddar cheese, gorgonzola cheese, cottage cheese
BEANS: Garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans
HEALTHY FATS: Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, olives, avocado, almonds, cashew
FRUIT: Mango, strawberries, blueberries
*You will want to use a “clean” dressing on this. I personally prefer lemon or red wine vinegar alone and sometimes add a touch of mustard, some people like hot sauce, but I know that can be hard for some people to stomach, so here is a great simple dressing recipe:

Red Wine Vinaigrette 
½ Cup Red Wine Vinegar
¼ Cup Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic
Sea Salt/Pepper


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