Food For Fuel: Spinach, Strawberry, & Feta Salad

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Blog, Health, Nutrition | 0 comments

Food For Fuel: Spinach, Strawberry, & Feta Salad

Salad, shmalad! Give me a burger! That used to pretty much be my response any time someone offered me a salad for my meal. I used to not find salads filling or all that tasty either, but that’s probably because I didn’t really know how to make one. I mean yeah, I knew how to open a bag of baby spinach and throw in some Ranch dressing (see? I added Ranch, aka one of the most fattening dressing ever) and I thought I was doing my body a favor. I thought I was “eating healthy.” But when the hunger pangs hit me not thirty minutes after I finished my salad, I knew something was wrong. I was trying to make smarter choices when it came to my meals, but it just left me feeling empty…literally.37c12bbb39805ddd9ca0f2174daf4896

I’m not a nutritionist by any means, and I rarely (if ever) check a nutrition label, but I do try to be mindful of what I put in my body.

While salads might not sound like the most desirable choice for lunch and dinner, maybe it’s time to do some research and find a salad or two that is not only tasty and filling, but also good for you? (That means saying bye bye to Ranch And Caesar dressing. I HAVE read the nutrition label on those and trust me when I say you’re better off without them!)

I recently found a salad recipe that I am IN LOVE with. The ingredients might throw you a bit, but just trust me…It. Is. Delicious!

 

Spinach and Feta Salad with Strawberries

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Ingredients:

  • Spinach (enough to fill the bowl)
  • 1 cup of fresh cut up strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp of reduced fat feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp of sliced almonds
  • Sliced red onion (as little or as much as you want. I typically use about a handful)

 

Homemade dressing:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp of vinegar
  • 2 tsp of white wine
  • 1 tsp of your sweetener of choice (stevia, splenda, etc.)

 

And voila! You have a sweet/semi tart salad for lunch! It takes no time at all to put together and tastes amazing. I found this recipe a few months back (when I was training for my fight and trying to cut weight) and I’ve been making it 2-3 times a week ever since. Not because I have to but because it tastes so good that I actually WANT to.  And if you want to add a little more substance to it, why not cut up a chicken breast or some steak and throw it in the mix? Enjoy!

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