A Salad a Day

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Salads are a go-to healthy lunch for many of us. They can be an easy way to add protein, fruits, and vegetables to your diet. We all know though that salads can get boring! Here’s some recipe combinations from the blog barefeetinthekitchen.com so you can eat a salad every day and like it!

Vegetable options:

Ingredients

(any combination of the below ingredients will keep nicely for several days in the refrigerator)

  • chopped greens: (a mix of romaine, spring mix, spinach, arugula, or butter lettuce )
  • tomatoes: sliced or chopped
  • cucumber: sliced or chopped
  • corn: canned, frozen, or fresh
  • bell peppers: sliced thin or chopped small
  • red onions: sliced thin
  • green onions: sliced thin

Protein options:

  • ground beef or ground turkey: cooked and seasoned generously with Mexican spices or taco seasoning
  • taco meat with black beans and corn
  • pulled pork or carnitas: shredded and chopped bite-size
  • cooked or roasted chicken: shredded or diced
  • ham: diced
  • hard boiled eggs: chopped
  • canned tuna fish: drained well
  • cooked shrimp or fish
  • beans: black, kidney, or pinto beans

Topping options:

  • cheese: shredded, diced, or crumbled
  • avocado: sliced or diced
  • fruits: diced apples or pears, orange slices, fresh berries
  • plenty of crunch: croutons, tortilla chips, or Fritos
  • fresh lime
  • salt and pepper
  • salad dressing of your choice: Italian, Poppyseed, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, Ranch

Instructions:

Prep the vegetables and place in serving size containers. Add a paper towel to each box to help the produce last longer. Place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

When ready to eat:

Warm the protein of your choice and chop bite-size, if needed. Add the protein to the pre-made salad greens and vegetables. Add the toppings of your choice. Squeeze lime generously over the salad, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Or toss with your favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!

Try topping your salads with these combinations:

Carnitas (or pulled pork), avocado, cotija cheese, lime, salt, and pepper

Grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing

Chicken, berries, feta cheese, almonds or walnuts, poppyseed dressing

Tuna fish, strawberries, avocado, lime, salt, and pepper

Chicken or bacon, red grapes, shaved parmesan cheese, candied walnuts, white balsamic dressing

Taco meat, beans, corn, avocado, shredded Mexican cheese blend, lime, salt, pepper

* Don’t forget to add plenty of crunch to each salad!

Interested in Trying the Paleo Lifestyle?

shesfit-fruitsAre you interested in trying out the Paleo lifestyle? Here’s an interesting Women’s Health article that discusses some things that most people won’t tell you about this alternative diet solution. The Paleo diet is centered on non-processed foods that a caveman could have realistically survived on, such as fruits, vegetables, and animal protein. It cuts out other high starch items like corn, and legumes, and also dairy.

Read the full article here.

Best Seafood for a Paleo Lifestyle

salmon sushiA new article published by Paleo Newbie, one of our favorite Paleo bloggers, reviews another article discussing safest fish for a Paleo diet. If you’ve ever tried a Paleo diet, you know that it can be a little tough to understand the differences about what’s good and bad when it comes to seafood. She breaks it down into a summarized and easy to understand format, and you may be surprised by the results. Take a look!

Safest Seafood by Paleo Newbie

Gluten-Free Tortillas

PaleoNewbie-Tortillas-2-1266x850-630x425Eliminating processed gluten from your diet can be a healthy choice, though it can also be a somewhat difficult one. Many restaurants are accommodating to the lifestyle decision, but finding gluten-free options in your every day shopping is harder than you many think! If you love Mexican food, these gluten free tortillas are perfect and easy to make! They’re also paleo, which just doubles the greatness factor!

Gluten Free / Paleo Tortillas

Recipe from Paleo Newbie.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup of full fat coconut milk (or you can use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of tapioca flour
  • 3 tbs of coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the above wet ingredients (including the tablespoon of oil)
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients together (salt and flours)
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl and whisk until fully combined
  4. Season your pan with olive oil (we used a 10″ non-stick pan)
  5. Heat pan on medium to medium-low heat
  6. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into center of pan to form about a 6″ circle
  7. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tortilla is lightly browned on the bottom
  8. Flip and cook about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on the opposite side until browned
  9. Place tortillas on a paper towel-lined plate
  10. Makes about 6 tortillas about 6-inches around