The guidelines are not very strict, it is more of a jump-start for a healthier lifestyle than a real cleanse. For 10 days I am trying to go to Hot Yoga everyday, eat more vegetables and healthy meals and cut out alcohol in my diet. So far it is Day 4 and I've slipped up a little. Yesterday I didn't go to hot yoga because the only time I could go was 6 a.m. and I really just wasn't up for it. Also, yesterday was the last day of classes of my undergraduate degree so I celebrated with a few margaritas with my best friends. In the end, I don't regret it, but I am working harder today. So far, I went to the gym for about 45 minutes and made this delicious salad. I wanted to share the recipe with you, even though it is very simple, in case any of you are looking for a tasty lunch on a diet or healthy eating regime. I got most of the ingredients from Trader Joe's and Kroger. Here is the finished result! Click read more to see the ingredients and my special homemade salad dressing.
Here's what you need:
1/2 Bag of Lettuce (2.5 oz)
1 oz. Goat Cheese
2 Tbs Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Spicy Brown Mustard
1/2 tsp Crushed Garlic
I started with a salad mix from Trader Joe's that is around 3 or 4 dollars. The whole bag has only 30 calories in it!
Next I peeled and sliced up about 1/4 of a cucumber from Kroger, which was less than $1.
The salad already looks so pretty and green no? I used a large popcorn bowl to mix the ingredients. I usually do this with salads because I like to mix them a lot and using a small bowl can often create a big mess!
Next, I sliced a ripe tomato from Kroger. I used a technique my old roommate, Natalie taught me. Basically you make vertical cuts in one half of the tomato from the top of the tomato to the bottom. Then, holding the tomato from the top and bottom, carefully cut the tomato into smaller pieces. Then cut right in the middle up and down to release all the diced pieces. It was a revelation when she taught me. let me tell you.
Here are all the pieces. You can cut up an entire tomato if you want, but 1/2 was plenty for one generous
serving of this salad.
The next part of the salad if my absolute favorite part, goat cheese. I fell head over heels in love with goat cheese while I was living in France. I ate it almost every day, with baguettes, in salads, off my fingers, etc. I haven't eaten much since I've gotten back, because it can be a but pricey, but it is totally worth it. This one was a good deal from Trader Joe's, about $3.50 for 5 oz. There is no special way I put it in. Honestly, I just cut off a heath sliver (about 1/5 of the log) and crumbled it between my fingers. Then licked my fingers, not going to lie.
Isn't she a beauty already?
Next, for some added protein, I added a slice of Boar Head's Mesquite Turkey I bought at Kroger. I cut it into small chunks and added it to the salad.
For the dressing, I have a special little recipe I picked up in France. Here's what you need: balsamic vinegar, olive or vegetable oil, spicy brown mustard and chopped garlic. You can also add shallots if you have them, but I forgot to buy them at Kroger!
I used about 11/2 table spoons of oil, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon of spicy brown mustard and a tiny dollop of garlic. Then mix in a small bowl with a fork.
Pour the dressing over the salad and mix thoroughly! I garnished the salad with my Keebler Reduced Fat crackers. Let me tell you, it was delicious!
2.5 Oz Lettuce: 20 Cal
1/2 Medium Tomato 11 Cal
1/4 Cucumber 2
1 oz Goat Cheese 75 Cal
1 Slice Boar's Head Mesquite Turkey 60 Cal
1 tsp Mustard 5 Cal
1 tsp Garlic 15 cal
1/2 Tbs Oil 180 Cal
1 Tbs Vinegar 15 Cal
3 Keebler Club Cracker 42 Cal
Total 425 Calories for a great lunch, not bad!
In addition to Hot Yoga, I've been doing spin classes and working out at my house. We have two small steps from the living room to the kitchen, which make it easy to make a little step routine while I listen to tunes on Pandora!
Do you guys have any tips for keeping fit? Let me know if you like these health posts!