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Strawberry Fields Salad
 

This spring salad was featured in Bliss Women Magazine. Their mission is to make women's health and well-being a priority. Check out their website to learn more!

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Spring is finally here!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the sunshine lasts longer. I always look forward to the weather becoming warmer and our frozen world coming back to life.  The spring is a gentle reminder that seasons do not last forever and that eventually, flowers will begin to bloom again. How can this reawakening of a flower relate to our story as women? Are you currently stuck in a career that does not allow for growth? Do you want to get your health back on track but don’t know where to start?  Just like a flower emerging from its winter slumber, so can we as women come into a new season of life. It might take some hard work and sacrifice, but with time you will begin to see the fruition of your efforts and fulfillment of your goals.

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Not only do flowers bloom but so does spring produce! In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so look for these fruits and veggies at your local farmer’s market or produce aisle:

Strawberries

Asparagus

Radishes

Peas

Rhubarb

Arugula

Beets

Fava beans

Artichokes

Avocados

Citrus Fruits

Fresh herbs

What better way to incorporate these ingredients than to make a spring salad! Salads are a super-convenient way to get in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit into your diet. Salads can also be fun, colorful and full of great texture.

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For this healthy recipe, I have created a vegetarian style salad with most of these spring ingredients that contain healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates that will keep you satisfied.

This winning strawberry fields salad is complex in flavor, yet super simple to make. It provides just the right amount of sweetness from the strawberries and honey balsamic vinaigrette, nuttiness from the pecans, creaminess from the avocado and goat cheese, tartness from the green apples, and spiciness from the arugula and radishes.  The honey balsamic vinaigrette pairs beautifully with the contrasting flavors and textures of the salad.

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This strawberry fields salad will become your new go-to salad for the spring! Made with fresh spring produce and a bright honey balsamic vinaigrette. A vegetarian and gluten-free option! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pecan halves

  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 1 cup strawberries (sliced)

  • 1 large handful fresh mixed greens

  • 1 small handful fresh arugula

  • 2 Tbsp goat cheese (crumbled)

  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint leaves

  • 1/2 cup carrots (shredded)

  • 1/2 granny smith apple (sliced)

  • 1/4 cup radishes (sliced)

  • 1/2 cup fresh snow peas

  • 1/2 avocado (sliced

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 lemon with zest

  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vineger

  • 1 Tbsp EVOO

  • 1 Tbsp honey

  • 1/4 tsp dijon mustard

  • salt and pepper to season

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Mix coconut oil and sugar together and add pecans. Toss until thoroughly coated. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Cook for 5-10 minutes on one side and then flip them and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  4. While the pecans are roasting, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients until corporated. Give it a test taste. If you like it sweeter, add a touch more honey. If you like more vinegar, add a touch more balsamic.

  5. Toss dressing with the salad and top with avocado and coconut sugar roasted pecans.

 
Pink Starburst Smoothie
 
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February Motto:

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Does anyone else think it would be great if you could just take all of the pink starbursts and drink them? No? Just me? Well…

This. Smoothie. Literally. Tastes. Like. A. Pink. Starburst!

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I am not kidding -- it’s pretty amazing! As a health and wellness blog, do you really think I would blend an entire bag of pink starbursts and tell you to drink it?!

Maybe.

Haha, hard no…

But once you see the ingredients, you will notice that you may already have these things on hand! With the month of February, this smoothie couldn’t have come at a perfect time, just look at that gorgeous pink color!

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The ingredients provide not only a beautiful pink color for Valentine’s Day; it also provides high levels of vitamin C that will boost your immune system and keep the common cold at bay. While we are on the topic, here are some facts about vitamin C:

  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that captures free radicals and neutralizes them.

  • Apples, berries, broccoli, red bell peppers, and citrus fruits contain a high level of vitamin C.

  • Vitamin C helps to absorb iron.

  • It also helps to prevent damage to our bodies from pollutants and toxicities.

Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I would definitely replace your morning orange juice for this smoothie and make a wonderful breakfast in bed with yourself or with your significant other!

But, as always, be sure to consult your healthcare provider before starting any new nutritional supplement. I’m not a doctor just a nutrition student!

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A sweet and refreshing smoothie jammed pack full of vitamin C and antioxidants! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 blood oranges (peeled)

  • 4 carrot stalks

  • 1 red apple (cored (any red will work))

  • 1 frozen banana (ripened)

  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

  • 1 small knob of fresh ginger root

  • 1 cup coconut water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth -- that’s it!

NOTES

  1. It is best to use a high powered blender like Vitamix or Blendtec. This is what I use!

  2. If the smoothie is too tart, start by adding 1 tsp of pure maple honey and increase to your likeness for a more sweeter taste.

  3. You can add 1 cup of ice if you want to use fresh fruit instead of frozen.

  4. This smoothie can have a grainy texture so if you prefer a smoother texture, then turn this into a juice by filtering through a milk bag or cheesecloth.