Summer Salads – Green Beans and Feta Recipe
After couple of weeks indulging on Christmas treats and relaxing with family, the holidays are finally over and it’s back to your normal routine. If you stopped your exercise routine and want to step into high gear, you may find yourself feeling a little sluggish and less than energized. Could it be the turkey or the Christmas pudding weighing you down or is it post-holiday fatigue?
To kick back into a “feel good” and healthy routine start by booking your Pilates sessions and next time you’re looking for an easy meal, skip the drive-thru, the chocolate bar or the biscuits and raid your fridge instead to prepare a nourishing and refreshing salad!
Summer salads are a nutritious “fast food” that can be made ahead with ingredients you probably already have. For a simple lunch or dinner, add some protein and you’ll have a ready to eat one dish meal. Summer salads are a golden opportunity to replace those unhealthy holiday meals. Choose simple, nutrient dense ingredients (have a look below) and simply follow your taste to combine your favorite foods. The whole family will enjoy it!
Vegetables: lettuce, baby spinach, red, green, yellow peppers, radishes, green onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, celery, celeriac, carrots, parsnips, zucchini make excellent additions to salads.Mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, corn kernels, raw or cooked, asparagus, sprouts.
Fruits: avocado, mangos, papayas, citrus fruits, berries, apples, melons, peaches, plums, pears, and cherries.
Proteins: cheese (feta, parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella etc.); seafood (shrimp, crab meat, scallops, lobster, or any cooked fish you enjoy); meats (try marinated and sauteed chicken strips, beef and cubes of roast meats); eggs (shredded or chopped hard boiled eggs).
Seeds (try sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)
Nuts – raw, toasted, or roasted nuts without added salts and sweeteners.
Grains – cooked, drained and cooled whole grains such as quinoa, barley, wild rice.
Legumes – cooked, drained and cooled whole beans such as kidney, lima, pinto, navy, etc.