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The Summer Salad Series

Summer & Salads … two of my favorite things!

As summer is approaching and the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time of year to incorporate more creative salads into the mix for a refreshing lunch or dinner.

Actually, I enjoy a delicious salad at any time of the year, but they’re especially ideal now that I’m 6 months pregnant this week (yay!) and trying to keep a well-balanced, high-protein, high-fiber and low-carb diet (well, for the most part, aside from my cravings for salty-savory chips/fries or lemon popcicles ).
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The good news is that they’re healthy and really easy to throw together if you’re short on time. I use a few basic ingredients to create a light, Thai flavor-inspired dressing and then I mix up the fruit and/or vegetables and add in grilled beef or chicken. (Vegetarians can use the same general ideas/ingredients and just skip the meat, maybe add some beans to increase the protein portion).

The basic dressing: When I make a salad with grilled beef my favorite dressing consists of 3 or so limes (squeezed), a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of fish sauce, and chopped up mint and cilantro. Add a bit of salt, black pepper and red pepper to spice things up. For grilled chicken, I prefer to use lemon instead of lime, but the rest of the ingredients remain the same.

Salad #1:

A bed of mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, sliced carrots, grilled beef, sliced cucumber and mango topped with the cilantro, lime, mint dressing.

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Salad #2:

A bed of mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, crisp green apple slices, grilled chicken and the lemon, mint, cilantro dressing.

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A bed of mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, avocado and green apple slices and grilled beef topped with the cilantro, mint, lime dressing.

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A bed of mixed greens with carrots, cherry tomatoes, sliced up shallots, grilled beef, nectarine slices and the lime, mint, cilantro dressing.

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Naturally, these are just some general ideas, but you can pretty much change up the mix and add whatever fruit/vegetables you prefer. Bell peppers, grilled zucchini or eggplant, sprouts (unless you’re pregnant) … and grilled salmon would be a great alternative to beef or chicken.

#SUMMER #FITPREGNANCY #HEALTHYFOOD #FITNESS 

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