It’s hot here – and that calls for cool salads for dinner. We had some leftover grilled chicken and random other stuff in the fridge to use up, so last night for dinner I threw together some easy salads for us.
When building a salad, make sure you have protein, carbs, and fat in addition to the veggies – that will make sure you are building a salad that will keep you satisfied! I see a lot of people skipping carbs when having a salad, and without the carbs you’ll be hungry again pretty quickly. Usually I put grains on salads as you guys know (see also: grain salad bowl recipes – such an awesome easy packed lunch or dinner), but last night I thought we’d mix it up with some fruit! Here’s what I threw together:
- Protein: chicken + beans (chickpeas and kidney beans – we had some left over)
- Fat: sprouted pumpkin seeds + avocado + oil from dressing (I made a homemade vinaigrette with equal parts lemon juice and olive oil, plus a splash of red wine vinegar and a squirt of dijon mustard)
- Veg/fruit for volume and fiber: arugula + cucumber + cherry tomatoes + apples
I also had some unpictured crackers while making the salad – without those I might have needed a little more carb action (like rice) on the salad for it to be filling/satisfying enough.
As for this morning, I started my day with some zen and met my friend Chelsea for an early a.m. yoga class.
I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t been doing much yoga lately (I finally made it to yoga again last week, but the month before I didn’t really go at all), or because of general postpartum-ness and hormones, or because I’m carrying around a heavy baby a lot, but I am SO stiff and tight. I want to start making yoga a priority again at least once a week because it feels so good both physically and mentally.
I’m off to tackle more of my to do list, and then later today I’m looking forward to a mastermind meeting with a handful of other intuitive eating dietitians in the DC area. We’re going to start meeting every other month or so to discuss client work, do case studies, etc. There’s always more to learn, so I’m sure it will be really helpful!
Have a nice day guys!