Lunch Today: Peachy Bean Salad

peachy bean saladA bite into the perfectly ripe peach and having the juice drip down your chin can be one of summer’s sweetest treats. Farmers markets are overflowing with summer produce and, like me, you may be tempted to buy a couple of baskets of peaches because they are just that good. But in case you can’t eat them all before they over-ripen, there are ways that you can enjoy this beautiful fruit in many other dishes, in their simplest form – such as this peachy bean salad. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Peachy Bean Salad”

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Lunch Today: Mason Jar Summer Salad

cornCorn, cherries, cucumber, blueberries… the epitome of summer harvest. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables and beautiful yellow sweet corn make a tasty combination for this lunch on the go! Offering tons of fiber, vitamins and minerals, this salad is a super healthy meal that takes advantage of many of the lovely offerings of summer.

Mason Jar Summer Salad

• 3/4 cup quinoa
• 2 ears of corn-on-the-cob
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra
• 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
• 1/2 tsp ground cumin Continue reading “Lunch Today: Mason Jar Summer Salad”

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Lunch Today: Green Power Salad

salad-in-a-jarPacking a lunch for school-aged children can be challenging, but I find it almost as challenging to pack a lunch for myself. As an adult, it sometimes seems easier to grab a sandwich, soup or salad from the deli counter in the building, than it is to take some time and brown bag it… or in this case, Mason jar it.

The problem with eating out is that you can’t control the fat, sodium and all the additional preservatives take-out food may have. Take some time in the evening to prepare a healthy salad that is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and you will have a salad that will power you through the rest of the following day. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Green Power Salad”

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Lunch Today: Rainbow Salad

rainbow-salad“Taste the rainbow” should be a slogan for fruits and vegetables and not for candy! The more color on your plate, the more nutrients you are getting, like the following. This colorful, nutrient-rich rainbow salad is chock full of flavonoids – phytochemicals that give many plants their vibrant color. It is also loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants that will provide you with extra nutrition. These foods also provide iron, calcium, fiber, and a modest 2 grams of protein per serving. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Rainbow Salad”

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Are Restaurant Salads a Smart Choice?

balela-bean-saladIf you think that you are making the healthiest choice by ordering a salad at your favorite restaurant, you may want to think twice. While salads can be low in calories and a great way to eat more fruits and vegetables, more often than not, they are loaded with a lot of fat, sodium, and calories. Restaurants can sabotage your good intentions by offering salads that are topped with crispy (fried) chicken, processed meats, mayo-rich tuna, chicken, shrimp, potato or pasta salad, glazed nuts, sweetened dried fruit, crunchy noodles or onions, croutons, cheese, sour cream and bacon. Continue reading “Are Restaurant Salads a Smart Choice?”

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