Hot Weather = Cool Salads

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!


  1. 1

    Completely agree about the salads, especially in the summer! Last week I was loving my lunch – romaine, black beans, corn shucked from the cob, cheddar cheese, avocado, homemade croutons with chipotle ranch dressing. This week is romaine, spinach, mozzarella balls, brown rice/quinoa mix, hardboiled egg, roasted mushrooms and broccoli, homemade croutons (need that crunch) and a vinaigrette.

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    Yay for yoga! Do it >:)
    I’ve been really inactive lately due to injuries but yoga 1-2x per week is saving my sanity and my back. I’m really happy/lucky I found a studio with unheated vinyasa a few blocks from my apartment. I’m sending you good yoga vibes ;)

  3. 5

    I love salads in the summer! I especially love chopping my salad. I don’t know why, but it somehow tastes more delicious if I chop it after putting all the ingredients in.

    Good for you for getting back into yoga! It’s tough when you haven’t been in a while, but I’m sure if you start going consistently again, the flexibility will come back quickly.

  4. 7

    Hot nights here mean salad, smoothies, or cereal! It’s hard to adapt the salad for our 26 month old–we’ll give her a few different veggies, but usually give her a PB&J or turkey and cheese sandwich as the main meal. Smoothies or cereal for all of us works.
    And holy yes, do kiddos make your body stiff! Especially where you’re still breastfeeding–I remember I had what I called “breastfeeding back” and now I have “thirty pound toddler shoulder.” ;-) With less time to work out than before kids, it’s tough to stay limber, but I oh so enjoy the stretch at the end of a workout or a good yoga session.

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    Roadrunner says

    Good to see you able to get back to working flexibility/mobility. Few aspects of fitness are as important as staying limber.

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    Ooh I totally forgot about putting apples in salads!! It’s so good, especially with a honey dijon dressing!

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