TGIF y’all! Boy has it been a long week, I am ready for the weekend. This Friday I bring you a super simple salad that is definitely one of my favorites. The sweet and savory combo hits the spot and you can have this meal ready to go in no time at all. Just what I like on a Friday night.
Strawberry Spinach Salad: What you will Need
This recipe calls for very minimal ingredients and you can add or subtract as you fancy.
Spinach ( Organic Baby is my preference)
Strawberries (Organic as usual especially berries) If you don’t care for strawberries you can try blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a combo of all the above. You can also sub for apples, pears, or peaches. If you are in a big pinch add in dried fruit of your choice
Pecans you could also sub almonds, or walnuts. if you have a nut allergy sunflower seeds work wonderfully
cooked chicken breast. You can also sub in a rotisserie chicken for quick prep
Add olive oil and vinegar vinaigrette. You can also sub in balsamic, poppy seed dressing, or homemade.
Strawberry Spinach Salad: Directions
Start by breaking up your spinach into smaller pieces if you desire. This is not necessary but we prefer our leaves more bite sized.
Wash and slice your berries use as few or little as your desire
Dice about a fourth to one half of red onion
Add in your cooked chicken I use around a pound for four servings
Add in around four ounces or a cup of pecans
Add in four ounces of goat cheese
Combine all of these ingredients
Add dressing of your choice.
Strawberry Spinach Salad: Dressing Options
Below are a few of my favorite go to premixed dressings that can be found at most local grocery stores or on amazon. I like that they do not contain high fructose corn syrup, are made with olive oil, and have very little ingredients. You absolutely can mix a dressing with one part vinegar to two or three parts oil and add in spices of your liking.
This past weekend I was able to get the master closet organized and am super pleased. During all of that organization I found and purchased this mirrored jewelry organizer. It was just delivered from amazon and I can’t wait to get it put in the master closet. If you missed my previous post this week about vitamin d and how important it is click the link here. I also posted a picture of our sloppy Joe sweet potato to Instagram it was a big hit! Make sure you are also following me on Instagram for more frequent postings. What have you all been up to this week? Let me know what recipes you all would like to see in the future. Happy Eating!
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Happy Foodie Friday! As I type this Amelia and I just got back from the Zoo with my good friend and her boys. I just checked the temperature and it is 102 degree heat index. The pool is calling my name and I just can’t be bothered to cook. Therefore, I am posting all about smoothies. Included in this post are some of my favorite Smoothie combinations. I also include things you can add to boost the nutrition of your smoothies. I hope you enjoy, and stay cool out there!
All About Smoothies: How I think About Building My Smoothie.
When building my smoothie the first step I think about is if its a meal or a snack. If I want a quick snack i don’t worry as much about the ingredients. When a smoothie is my meal I include some good fats and protein for blood sugar stabilization, this will help you feel fuller for longer. The different categories of my smoothie include fruit and or vegetables, greens, fats, protein, and extras. I will go into more detail in the information below.
All About Smoothies: Organic or Conventional Produce
When purchasing produce for a smoothie I try and stick with organic whenever possible. This is especially important when buying fruits with thin skin, or skins that you eat like berries, stone fruits, and greens. However, I am less worried about bananas, watermelon, oranges and things that I peel.
All About Smoothies: Making them Sweet without Sugar
I like to add a frozen banana to my smoothie as it makes it a lot sweeter and gives it a smooth texture. I keep a zip lock bag in my freezer and whenever I have a banana that is getting too ripe I unwrap it and throw it in there. Then I have a steady supply of bananas for banana bread or my smoothie. Bananas are great frozen and they even break off effortlessly into chunks to make it easier on your blender.
I also find oranges and the juice from them to be fairly sweet. Their sweetness is a great addition to your smoothie. You can add a little pineapple juice for a more tropical sweetness. I have been known to throw in a little Stevia from time to time if needed. This can be especially true when I have a smoothie that is heavy on greens.
All About Smoothies: Why I Add Fat
Many of us are afraid of fat. When you add a good source of fat to your smoothie it not only helps with the texture and creaminess but your fullness factor as well. Your smoothie will stick with you longer and it can be helpful in balancing out the high carbohydrate load. My favorite fat choices include avocado, coconut oil, and coconut milk.
All About Smoothies: Protein Options
In addition to fats, if you are wanting your smoothie to be more filling adding a protein source can be very helpful. Some of my favorites are grass fed Stevia sweetened or unsweetened protein, Hemp protein with Stevia, collagen peptides and amino acid supplements. I also like to add in nut butters like peanut, almond, cashew, and sun butter. Greek and regular yogurt are another great addition, grass feed, organic and full fat are my favorites.
Here are a few of the protein powders I prefer.
All About Smoothies: Adding Greens
I add greens to almost every smoothie I make. If you are looking for a more mild flavor stick with spinach. I also love to use kale, and the super green mixtures. I always choose organic and it doesn’t matter if they are frozen or fresh.
All About Smoothies: Tips and Tricks
If you have fresh fruit or greens that are about to spoil freeze them and put them in your smoothies. For Berries or other fruits lay them on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Once your fruit is frozen add them to a bag so this way they won’t stick together.
If you have a favorite recipe go ahead and portion out your ingredients. By placing them into smaller bags you are setting yourself up for success. That way on a busy day you can put it into the blender add your liquid and your done!
Always add the liquid to the bottom part of the blender. As a result your blender will blend effortlessly for a smooth consistency.
If you have left over smoothie put it in ice cube trays and once they are frozen add instead of ice to additional smoothies in the future.
If you cut up a avocado and don’t use it all freeze it. Place slices or chunks on parchment paper and once frozen throw it into a smoothie.
If your smoothie is to thick to drink pour it in a bowl add some coconut and chia seeds and eat it with a spoon!
Smoothies are a great way to add in additional ingredients or what I like to call extras. I add many of the following:
fiber through chia seeds
and any other super food you want to boost up the nutritional value.
Don’t be afraid of veggies. For instance you can easily add carrot, greens and even cauliflower to your smoothie without even knowing it. If you are concerned about blood sugar please don’t be afraid to experiment with these non starchy options.
Check out this previous post
If you are looking for more information about feeding your toddler check out my blog post here. I include a link to these adorable pouches that are definitely a must for toddlers’ smoothies.