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"I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health."
- Voltaire

Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Spinach Salad

This salad is taking advantage of summer produce. Apricots, strawberries, and cucumber oh my. Throw in some goat cheese and candied pecans - say no more.

Lets take a look at a few of the health benefits in this salad...

Apricots - 50 calories for three. Excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, potassium, iron, and beta-carotene. Helps prevent heart disease and are very beneficial for good eyesight. 

Strawberries - 43 calories per cup packed with fiber (13% of the RDA of dietary fiber). Loaded with vitamin C which helps boost your immune system, prevent cancer and heart disease.

Cucumbers - 11 calories per cucumber. Made of 95% water which keeps you hydrated while flushing out toxins in the body.

Summer Spinach Salad

- 3 handfuls baby spinach
- 1/2 c strawberries, quartered
- 2 apricots, diced
- 1 small cucumber, sliced
- 1/8 avocado, diced
- 1/4 c goat cheese
- 2 T candied pecans
- 2 T Lite Balsamic vinaigrette 
- 4 oz grilled salmon

Toss ingredients and season with cracked black pepper. Yum!
*We're out of red onion or else I'd definitely have included it in this salad.


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