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.
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.
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?
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:
Jon Schwartz says
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 Schwartz says
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?
Amy T. says
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!
Lacey @ FamilyFitnessandFoodery says
Aside from the beets (yick) that salad looks tastilicious.
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.
yum, this salad looks delicious!
Aurora@Fitness is Sweet says
Avocado is definitely the best in salads! It instantly makes any salad (or anything for that matter) amazing!
HealthNut Nutrition says
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/
Rachel @ Healthy Chicks says
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 🙂
shelby keys says
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