Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

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Winter is just about to turn into Spring and then shortly it will be Summer!!… Which means I can induldge in my favorite salads as a meal. There is nothing more disappointing than eating a boring plain salad as a meal..lets be real. So, you minus well enjoy it with some of your favorites! This is one of them because I love all kinds of italian lunch-meats such as proscuitto, especially when it perfectly ends up in my salads. It also gives this salad the perfect hint of saltiness from the proscuitto that we all crave. Just like most of my recipes, you can add any of your favorite ingredients to your likings. Sometimes I switch out the proscuitto for salami..or sometimes I put in both. This salad is almost too pretty to eat!

Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1 package of Italian mix lettuce (or

6 slices of proscuitto; cut in half and rolled up

1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers; sliced

1/4 cup blue cheese (or feta cheese)​

1/2 avocado sliced

*you can also add or replace the proscuitto with salami or mortadella

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. 1. Place all of the salad ingredients in a salad bowl; arrange properly and neatly.
  2. 2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for your dressing until well beaten (until combined). Drizzle salad dressing over your salad and enjoy! I like to make extra dressing and save it for other salads since it can last a few weeks in the fridge! ENJOY 🙂
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Benefits of Pumpkin

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This lovely guest post is from the amazing Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Food Toxin Expert; Leann Forst. She is the creator and author of ‘Groovy Beets’ which is an inspirational health blog with tons of nutritional information and healthy recipes. Check her out! 🙂 And since October just ended I thought we could all use one more month of pumpkins. Read below to find out all the great benefits:

6 Reasons Why You Should Eat Pumpkin
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cupcakes…the number of yummy recipes you can make with pumpkin is endless! And for good reason, because adults and kids alike LOVE pumpkin. It’s so sweet, creamy and delicious and fills the room with an irresistible aroma when baked. As if this isn’t enough reason to eat more pumpkin, then here are 6 more that you may not be aware of:
Cancer Prevention – like their orange cousins the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash, pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is linked to cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Fiber to Fill You Up – Most people should consume between 20 and 35 grams of fiber each day, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, but many people don’t get more than 15 grams. Fiber helps you digest your food efficiently, which helps your body absorb the nutrients from your food. One cup of pumpkin puree provides you with 7.1 grams of dietary fiber.

Digestion Support – Pumpkin puree contains about 10 percent of your daily requirement for potassium as well. You need adequate amounts of potassium to support healthy digestion.

Weight Loss – Pumpkin is a very low calorie vegetable and contains only 80 calories and one gram of fat. This makes it great for people watching their waist line.

Better Vision – A cup of cubed pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good vision, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Heart Health – Pumpkin seed oil is full of phytoestrogens, which is beneficial for preventing hypertension. When researchers fed rats a diet supplement with the oil, they found that it helped lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in just 12 weeks.

Don’t think you have to go grow and carve your own to get to the good stuff on the inside. But you do have to be selective on which packaged pumpkin you purchase (say that 3 times fast☺). Choose plain canned pumpkin since a cup of canned pumpkin puree with salt can contain over 500 milligrams of sodium!
Be aware that pure canned pumpkin is different than canned pumpkin pie mix, which is a less healthy product because of its high sugar content. A cup of canned pumpkin pie mix contains 71 grams carbohydrates, with many of them from added sugars, while a cup of pure canned pumpkin has 20 grams of total carbohydrates and no added sugars. Each cup of canned pumpkin pie mix contains 281 calories on average.

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Leann Forst, MBA, CHHP
Board Certified Holistic Health Coach
www.groovybeets.com
Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, Leann had been in sales and marketing for 20 years until her life turned an abrupt corner when faced with challenging health issues for herself and her family that traditional medicine could not help. As a die-hard researcher and determined mother, Leann healed her family and went on to becoming a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Food Toxin Expert studying over 100 dietary and healing theories at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, the World’s Largest Nutrition School. Leann teaches moms to identify food toxins and triggers that are making their family sick. Please visit Leann at www.groovybeets.com for free health tips, recipes, guides and e-Book.

Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus

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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and I especially love it with lemons. This recipe is extremely quick and easy to prepare for any side dish or appetizer. Fresh lemons and asparagus pair so perfectly together. This fresh app is packed with all kinds of antioxidants so be sure to eat these greens!

Ingredients:
1 bunch of fresh aspsaragus (about 1 lb); ends removed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 lemon; zested and juiced
Sea salt and pepper for taste

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and lemon pepper until evenly coated.

2. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt and pepper. Place in baking pan and roast for 8-12 minutes, or until the tips begin to brown and the asparagus is tender. Enjoy!

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Spinach Summer Salad with Annie’s Lite Poppy seed dressing

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I just love salads during the summer especially on hot days like we have over here in California. This salad is packed with all kinds of great nutrients from antioxidants, vitamin c, lean protein, omega 3, vitamin e, and a ton more! I love Annie’s salad dressing when I want to excite my salad a bit. I am able to pronounce all the ingredients..which is always a good sign meaning no chemicals…unlike all of our favorite fattening dressings. Annie’s dressings are always all natural too! 🙂  Annie’s lite poppy seed dressing is my favorite on this particular salad because everything just pairs so perfectly. YUM! #TeamAnnies

Ingredients:
Spinach
Strawberries; sliced
Almonds; sliced
Avocado; cubed
Chicken breast; shredded

Steps:
Assemble all of the ingredients to your desire and then drizzle Annie’s lite poppy seed dressing. Enjoy!
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Over Night Peanut Butter Brownie Oatmeal

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If you haven’t heard of Quest Bars or tried Quest Bars I highly suggest you do! They are an all-natural protein bar and they are simply amazing. They come in all kinds of delicious  flavors and one of my favorites is chocolate brownie, because well…it tastes like a chocolate brownie. Why wouldn’t anyone love that?! You won’t realize what all the hype about these little bars is until you actually try them. I love putting 1/2 of a bar in my overnight oatmeal, plus you get extra protein.

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla flavored)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp honey (for an extra sweet kick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar; chopped (or rolled into pieces)
1 Tbsp almonds
Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients together and place in refrigerator overnight. Top with sprinkles in the morning and waaahlaaaa! What a healthy and delicious way to start a day without any guilt.
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