Happy Monday, friends! First, I have to share my new favorite vegetarian cooking/clean eating blog Thug Kitchen. If language offends you don’t click through. I laugh at every post though!
Now, onto the subject of this week’s health & nutrition post. You may have heard the saying “Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym” and I fully believe this is true. Obviously, you need to exercise to build and tone muscle and to keep your heart healthy and strong. But when it comes to loosing weight, changing what you eat needs to be the majority of the equation.
When I made the choice to change my life and improve my health I slowly started changing up what I ate. I did not do it all over night. I started juicing and that led to other healthy habits. My daily lunch of a grilled cheese sandwich and a coke changed to a salad and lemon water. I spent a lot of time combing blogs and reading about nutrition. I started a “Be Healthy” Pinterest board to keep me inspired and give me ideas for the kitchen. Feel free to follow it if you’re looking for new ideas to try.
Sometime along the way I discovered Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut Vinagrette and it changed. my. life. ohmygosh is this stuff GOOD! Asian/Thai food is my favorite and this gives my salads that thai flavor I crave. I always have a bottle in the fridge and it goes on nearly every salad I make. Until last night. Long story short, yesterday after I got home from the gym I was craving a monster salad. But, I was out of my favorite dressing. I panicked for a minute until I realized I could improvise. And the results were so good! So I decided I would share with you my chipotle inspired, dressing free salad that I made last night. This bad boy is loaded with protein, iron, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B….you get the picture. Perfect for a post-workout refuel and healthy dinner. It was inspired by Chipotle salads but this one blew Chipotle out of the water in my opinion.
Bare with me, I have never written a recipe before so here’s what I did:
3-4 handfuls spinach
1 big handful organic broccoli slaw
1 baby red pepper
1 baby yellow pepper
3 green onions sliced
A little red onion sliced
A handful of fresh chopped cilantro
Then I mixed up 1/2 can of black beans, only partially drained
1 cup of frozen corn, partially thawed but still cold
1 cup of salsa, any kind you like (I LOVE the pineapple salsa from Trader Joe’s or Newman’s Own)
Mix this all together with the salad and squeeze a 1/2 of a lemon or lime over the whole thing.
This made a big enough salad for two people to share, but if you were making it as a side you could probably feed 3-4 people with it.
Now, I’m off to my Monday morning BodyPump class. I’m a little nervous because they’ve launched a new release over the weekend and I’m doing it for the first time today. I’ve heard that it is no joke. Wish me luck!