Happy Saturday, everyone!
Alright, so here’s the deal. Summer is here. Weather is awesome. We want to be outside all the time. We want to spend time with our families ……..
……… and we DON’T want to spend a lot of time cooking.
Well, good news! Today’s meal, Summer Salad, requires no cooking, and takes about 10 minutes to put together. Oh yeah, and it tastes GREAT and it’s packed full of health benefits!
Here’s what you need (And the health benefits associated with each!):
-Organic Spinach (Dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, lower blood pressure, calcium)
-Red Onion (Helps lower blood sugar, gastrointestinal health, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular health)
-Shredded Organic Carrots (Improve vision, lower risk of heart disease, lower risk of stroke, nourish skin, anti-aging, dental health)
-Fresh Blueberries (Highest antioxidants of all fresh fruit, improving glucose control, lower risk of heart disease and diabetes)
-Fresh Strawberries (Dietary fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, lower cancer risk, healthy eyes, vitamin C, bone health)
-Almonds (Contains the most nutrients of all the nuts, rich in vitamins, regulates cholesterol, good for the heart, regulates blood pressure, good for skin, lowers risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes, prevents constipation, boosts energy)
-Walnuts (Good source of PROTEIN, good source of omega-3 fatty acids, decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes)
-Goat Cheese (Low in calories, low in fat, low in cholesterol, low sodium, sufficient protein, higher in vitamins and minerals than cow’s cheese)
WOW!!!!!!! Looks like you can’t go wrong with the Summer Salad!
I crushed up a couple handfuls of walnuts and almonds and threw them in the oven for a few minutes to toast them, then cut up the strawberries, chopped the red onion, spooned out a couple little “dallops” of goat cheese, combined the rest of ingredients, drizzle a couple of teaspoons of Annie’s Organic Light Raspberry Vinaigrette on top…and it’s ready! Here’s a picture. (I used a mixture of spinach and some leftover romaine we had)
So if you want a nutritional superstar meal, and you don’t want to take a lot of time for preparation, the Summer Salad is your new best friend. I know it’s a summer staple in my kitchen!
Let me know what you think when you try it!
See you next Saturday,
About the AuthorAs a healthy food enthusiast, Sarah is committed to proving to people that it’s not hard to have a busy life and also find a way to eat healthy, delicious food. Every Saturday, Sarah shares stories about her own experiences with food, as well as recipes and tips for having a healthy kitchen. She says that if she can turn her life around and find a better relationship with food, anyone can. Learn more about Sarah on her Contributor page under the About tab. Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude from USC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is also the recipient of a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
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