Summer Salad Greens, Spinach or lettuce (or a mix of both) Strawberries, washed and sliced Red Onions, sliced thin Nuts (walnut, pecans, or almonds, chopped or sliced Gorgonzola, blue cheese, Feta or goat cheese, crumbled Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon poppyseeds 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 2-3 tablespoons honey, to taste 1/2 teaspoon salt Place greens in the bottom of a serving bowl or distribute among individual plates. Top with strawberries, nuts, and cheese, to taste. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together … [Read more...] about Summer Salad
The fat in avocados is the “heart healthy” monounsaturated type called oleic acid, which speeds up metabolism and helps you to burn more calories. Oleic acid has also been linked to reduced inflammation and is shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Eating avocadoshas been shown to: Reduce total cholesterol levels significantly. Reduce blood triglycerides by up to 20%. Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by up to 22%. Increase HDL (good) cholesterol by up to 11%. Avocado contains a unique type of carbohydrate called mannoheptulose, which lowers the secretion of insulin and prevents the … [Read more...] about Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing
Ranch dressing is so good on its own, but a salad isn't the only thing that ranch dressing is good for. Here are 20 ways to use ranch seasoning—always delicious! Add the dry mix with hummus for a tasty dip Blend the dry mix with your mashed potatoes Put a dollop of the dressing on a baked potato as a substitute for sour cream. Blend the dry mix into your favorite cheese ball recipe Use the dry mix as a seasoning in a green bean casserole Sprinkle over vegetables before or after cooking (kids love this!) Dip for your veggies, wings, fries, and tortilla chips Spread … [Read more...] about Over 20 uses for Heavenly Ranch Guilt-Free Salad Dressing
Need an energy boost with no caffeine required? MCT oil could be the perfect addition to your morning routine. It is a great way to kick start your weight loss journey or increase your athletic performance level. MCT is a quick source of clean, healthy fuel for your body that may do all of this and more. MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride which is just a fancy name for a saturated fatty acid that your body can easily change into energy. Fatty acids are like little sub-units of fat that require less breakdown in order for the body to use them. Medium chain fatty acids head directly … [Read more...] about Get Fired Up with MCT Oil!!!
Looking for a healthy recipe for your picnic during this hot weather? Try a zesty quinoa salad! It tastes good right away and even better after the flavors can meld together overnight in the fridge. This could be served as a side or over lettuce or spinach as a meal! Delicious! ZESTY QUINOA SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 limes, juiced 2 teaspoons Three Amigos Blend 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 5 green … [Read more...] about Cool Down with a Quinoa Salad
We all have a go-to salad of veggies that are easy to keep in the pantry. It is time to mix it up and start introducing new salads to your repertoire so you never get sick of a healthy lunch. This salad has a simple homemade vinaigrette, I used lime to mix it up from the standard homemade dressings but you could use lemon if that is what you have on hand. It also has a brilliant pesto made with the leaves from your celery stalks. I love the nose to tail movement of cooking with meat, so why not use the same principle and use all parts of your veggies? Both the dressing and pesto can be … [Read more...] about Pesto Grapes and Pear on a Celery Salad