Berry and Goat Cheese Summer Salad

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As summer is coming to a close I thought I would share one of my favorite fresh salads before the weather starts to cool down. This salad is loaded with sweet and salty ingredients that create the perfect flavor balance for a light and refreshing meal on a warm day. IMG_2194

BERRY AND GOAT CHEESE SUMMER SALAD

Time: 5-6 minutes; Serving size: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped lettuce
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • ½ cup grilled chicken breast
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 2-3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • Poppy seed salad dressing

Directions:

1.) Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl or plate then drizzle on the salad dressing. Mix well until everything is covered, and enjoy!

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Avocado chicken blt salad with honey mustard

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I decided to take a spin on a classic recipe and turn a sandwich into a salad with some added ingredients for a healthy and delicious meal. This salad is easy to throw together and perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.  (And clearly my creative juices were not flowing when it came to naming this salad so I ended up just sticking all the ingredients in a row and calling it that. :p)

AVOCADO CHICKEN BLT SALAD WITH HONEY MUSTARD
Time: 15 minutes
Serving size: 1
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups salad greens
1/2 tomato, diced
3 pieces of bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon)
1 cup chopped, cooked chicken
1/2 avocado, diced
Honey mustard dressing
Directions
Add all the ingredients to a bowl or plate and drizzle honey mustard dressing on top. Mix together well and enjoy!

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Loaded Farmer’s Salad

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I recently discovered the restaurant SWEETGREEN and let me tell you it was a game-changer! They have so many delicious salad choices with fresh ingredients that leave you feeling full and happy. They inspired me to try to create my own salad that is both tasty and packed with healthy ingredients. This recipe is slightly different than my normal style of fast and easy cooking since it does require a fair number of ingredients and a bit of prep work, but if you cook everything ahead of time and store in the fridge, it takes no time to pop this salad together. And it is so good that you will want to eat it day after day until all the ingredients are gone!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 1 cup other fresh green (I used baby spinach)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup of cooked, sliced sweet potato
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Creamy Balsamic salad dressing

Prep-work:

1.) Cook the brown rice according to package directions (this is best to make ahead of time since it usually takes around 45 minutes to cook).

2.) Peel and cut a sweet potato into medium-thick round slices. Put in a bowl and toss with 2 tsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place potato slices on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

3.) Cook a boneless, skinless chicken breast in a skillet with a little olive oil and/or Italian dressing until white all the way through. (You can cut the chicken into pieces before cooking to speed up the time it takes)

Instructions:

1.) Shred the fresh kale and other greens then place in a large bowl and toss.

2.) Add the remainder of the ingredients and drizzle on the Balsamic dressing. Toss it all together until everything is well mixed and coated with the dressing.

3.) Transfer salad to serving bowl or plate, and enjoy!

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Fruit Smoothie Recipes

I absolutely love smoothies. If I had to live on one food for the rest of my life, fruit smoothies would be it. They are just so delicious and refreshing, and you can pack them with all sorts of nutrients and healthy foods. I love to drink smoothies after a hard workout because they are filling, taste fresh and healthy, and packed with protein. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that I make regularly, as well as some healthy add ins you can use.

(All recipes make one large serving)

Berry Banana Smoothie

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  • ½ cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 1 medium sized banana
  • ½ cup strawberry yogurt
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • Enough fruit juice to cover other ingredients
  1. Add the berries, banana, yogurt, and ice cubes to a blender.
  2. Pour enough fruit juice into the blender to cover the other ingredients (this will help it blend more easily).
  3. Place the cover on the blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until all the ingredients have mixed together well and it is smooth.
  4. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

 

PB, Chocolate, and Banana Smoothie

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup chocolate ice cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 medium sized banana
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup or powder
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • Enough milk (or almond milk) to cover other ingredients
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

 

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

  • 2/3 cup frozen or fresh peach slices
  • 1 medium sized banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple yogurt
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • Enough orange juice (or other fruit juice) to cover other ingredients
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

 

Smoothie add ins – throw any of these into the blender with your other ingredients for an added health boost!

  • flax seed
  • kale
  • wheat germ
  • blueberries
  • coconut/coconut oil
  • almond milk
  • honey
  • avocado

My first time at In-N-Out

This is my first trip ever to an IN-N-OUT. Yes, it was good, but I do have to say I was a little disappointed since there had been such a build up of expectations because anyone I had ever met said it was amazing. I would not exactly say amazing is the best way to describe it, but for fast food it was pretty darn good. Nonetheless, it was quite a fun and tasty experience.