Add a little nutrition to your salads!

January 17, 2013 · 11 comments

Ever since I discovered Life Alive, I have made my salads a bit different. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with including avocado, seeds, sprouts, hummus and beets in everything. Dried cranberries and raisins are also popular favorites that I typically throw into the mix. I know you are supposed to slowly reintroduce foods back into your diet after a cleanse but I was pretty hungry and just went all in. IMG 9608

I made stringy chicken by boiling and shredding it in chicken broth. I find that since chicken breasts are often larger than the recommended 4 ounce serving, shredding chicken like in my crockpot salsa chicken, tends to enable me to make more meals out of it. To be honest, the chicken was frozen and I didn’t feel like waiting for it to completely unthaw and this option seems the best. I hate defrosting in microwaves. 

The greens consisted of green leaf lettuce, sprouts, beets, raw pepitas seeds, avocado, cucumber and sliced sweet onion topped with Lighthouse Balsamic Vinaigrette. I also added a little hummus and nutritional yeast for added flavor. IMG 9606

These new additions help create a powerhouse of nutrients. I obviously added chicken for extra protein but if you are vegan, the avocado, pepitas and sprouts contain protein as well as heart healthy fatty acids. The hummus adds a little protein as well! The beets aid in helping the liver detoxify your system. All the ingredients are rich in vitamins A, B, C, K as well as folate and anti inflammatory antioxidants. Have you spiced up your salads lately? 

 

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1 Jami January 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Sarah,

I recently came across this Pinterest idea and it has been great since I am on the go a lot and don’t have a lot of time to whip a salad in 5 minutes. I have ate more salads than I have in months due to this and waste less produce since everything stays so fresh in the mason jar! :) Thought I would share with you:

http://www.greenplaterule.com/recipes/mason-jar-salads/

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2 Jon Schwartz January 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Hey Sarah,

A trick to defrosting without having to wait as long (or use the microwave) is to put whatever you want to defrost into a sealed plastic bag with as little air as possible and put it under running water. I can usually defrost an entire chicken breast in 20 minutes or so.

Thanks for all the updates, I’ve learned and continue to learn tons from you.

Jon

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3 Jon Schwartz January 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I also have a question: I kinda hate salads. When I’m eating a meal, I usually want something hot and eating a bowl of lettuce usually just makes me feel gross afterwards. Do you have any alternative lunch foods I could eat and still maintain healthiness? Bonus Followup question: Do you know any places around Brookline that have healthy lunch choices?

Thanks!!

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4 Amy T. January 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I saw in an older post that you used Balsamic glaze as dressing. I didn’t know where to buy it so I made some. Very easy, just a smelly process as the vinegar reduces. Anyway, it’s delicious- one of the best salad dressings I’ve tried, fat free and I’m guessing low calorie. Thanks for the idea!

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5 Lacey @ FamilyFitnessandFoodery January 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Aside from the beets (yick) that salad looks tastilicious.

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6 Christie January 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Great salad!! Love that I have come to the same realization as you, salads aren’t all about the lettuce anymore. I enjoy playing with all kinds of fun ingredients from sunflower seeds and tuna to shredded chicken, guac, and black beans for a great paleo homemade burrito bowl.

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7 jin January 18, 2013 at 12:02 am

yum, this salad looks delicious!

xo, jin

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8 Aurora@Fitness is Sweet January 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Avocado is definitely the best in salads! It instantly makes any salad (or anything for that matter) amazing!

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9 HealthNut Nutrition January 21, 2013 at 4:18 am

Sarah this looks amazing! I love adding different textures, colours and flavours to my salad! one of my personal favs is this one i made a few months ago.. try it out its amazing i promise :) http://healthnutnutrition.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/the-big-buddha-salad/

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10 Rachel @ Healthy Chicks January 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I LOVE Life Alive, and have been addicted since I first discovered it about a year and a half ago. Now that I live in Central Square, I’m tempted to go every day but instead I make my own Life Alive-esque meals at home. My favorite? There warm bowls (especially the Swami) which is so fun & easy to make at home. Sometimes I go there for the environment and an extra treat though :)

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11 shelby keys February 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I love your posts that include fun/hip/healthy restaurants to try! Being a fellow bostonian and huge foodie I get excited when I come across these places I have yet to discover

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