Italian Chopped Salad

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If you love eating salami and cheese but feel guilty eating it, put it in a salad!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
4 cups romaine lettuce; chopped
2 cups baby spinach; chopped
15 slices of salami; chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup cucumbers; chopped
1/4 cup roasted peppers; chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts; chopped
1 roma tomato; chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 tsp basalmic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of oregano

Steps:
1. In a large salad bowl, mix all the ingredients with tongs except for oil and vinegar. To make the dressing, in a cup add olive oil and basalmic vinegar and with a fork whisk together. Add in a pinch of oregano, salt, and pepper and drizzle over salad mixing with tongs. EASY!

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chicken & Kale

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Yield: 4

Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes; washed and cut in half vertically
1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 cups cooked kale; chopped
2 Tbsp green onions; chopped
8 chicken tenders; chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp mozzarella cheese (for topping)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut potatoes in half vertically to speed up the cooking time. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until soft.

2. In the meantime, in a large frying pan, add olive oil and chopped chicken to pan. Season well with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Once chicken is cooked (about 10-15 minutes) add in kale and green onions and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Once cooked set aside. Once potatoes are cooked, let cool for 15 minutes. Then with a spoon, scrape out the middle and place potato filling in large bowl.

3. With a mixer or Kitchen Aid, mix the filling and yogurt together until combiner and season with more garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add chicken, kale, and green onions and mix until combined.

4. With a spoon, spoon out the filing and place back in potato shells, evenly. Sprinkle with cheese and reduce oven to 375 degrees F. Place back in oven for another 10 minutes! Enjoy!

Winter Power Salad with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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This light power salad is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins! This salad goes perfectly with just about any meal! The ingredients for this salad are endless!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh romaine lettuce; chopped
2 cups fresh spring mix
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup pomegrantes; seeded
1 avocado; cut and cubed
1 cup sliced Italian fennel
I cup fresh beets; sliced
1/2 large lemon
1 Tbsp pomegrante juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. For the dressing, in a small bowl whisk the pomegrante juice, the squeeze of half a large lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

2. In a serving bowl add salad ingredients and drizzle dressing. Toss and serve! You can also top with blue cheese or feta cheese!

Vanilla Maple Chia Seed Pudding

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If you love tapioca pudding and eating healthy you will love this! This tastes just like tapioca pudding except it has less than 200 calories per serving and is loaded with all kinds of essential nutrients your body needs such as fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. You can add all sorts of extra toppings such as chopped apples, bananas, berries, or even almonds! I usually just use what I have in my fridge. A dash of cinnamon also goes well with this healthy breakfast or snack treat!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetend almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/2 cup vanilla nonfat greek yogurt
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1/4 cup fresh fruit topping (your choice)
*you can buy chia seeds at any nutrition store such as whole foods.

Steps:
1. In a bowl, whisk together almond milk, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add chia seeds and and mix until combined.

2. Put in fridge for 45 minutes until mixture become thick like a pudding. Serve and top with cinnamon and fresh fruit or/and almonds! This is nutritious and delicious!

*You can even make this the night before for a quick breakfast!

Cold Shrimp & Soba Noodle Salad

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If you are on a healthy kick but don’t want to deprive yourself from eating carbs, this is perfect for you because soba noodles are actually good for you! They are packed with fiber, protein, and b vitamins. They are noodles made from buckwheat flour and has a nutty flavor similar to whole wheat spaghetti. One serving of this dish only has 350 calories so it makes a great lunch or even dinner.

Serving: 2
1 cup of cooked soba noodles
18 cooked shrimp
1 cup steamed asparagus; sliced into 1 inch slices
1/4 cup green onions; chopped
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp teriyaki sauce
Salt and pepper if needed

Ingredients:
1. In a medium mixing bowl add noodles, shrimp, asparagus, and green onions. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and sesame oil.

2. Add to bowl and mix until noodles are covered in dressing, sprinkle in sesame seeds and place in fridge for 30 minutes until noodles are chilled.