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!!!
I have seen these great little tips for jar salads and thought I would share the tips. All of us are busy and I am constantly encouraging prep time. Prepare for your week ahead of time and you are less likely to make unhealthy choices during the week. Here is a link for more information on salad in jar tips The Kitchen How to arrange ingredients: This will help you avoid a soggy salad. From BOTTOM to TOP: Dressing Shredded carrots Cherry tomatoes Sunflower seeds Hard boiled eggs Any other meat or proteins Baby spinach or lettuce DIRECTIONS: 1) Arrange ingredients in a … [Read more...] about Jar Salads
Here's a great recipe perfect for a holiday party or for your Christmas dinner! It's made with healthy vegetables and has a wonderful Italian flavor. I used gluten free quinoa pata to make it extra healthy :) Although completely optional, totally yummy with shrimp or bacon. 1-8 oz. package of pasta 1/4 c. red onion, chopped 2 stalks of celery, chopped 1/2 of a medium green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 of a medium red bell pepper, chopped 1 - 2 oz. can of sliced black olives 3/4 - 1 c. Italian dressing (favorite purchased or recipe below) 1 -2 tomatos, seeded and chopped 1 pound of … [Read more...] about Christmas Pasta