How to Make A Fantastic Salad

DSC_3904
Okay so, let’s face it: making a salad isn’t all that hard. Right? But for the longest time whenever I would make a salad at home, I just never got it quite right. My salads always turned out pretty bland and I never felt full. Here are some tips that I’ve learned to make a freaking amazing salad right at home – quick and easy!

1. Use baby spinach. – Nate and I love baby spinach, so this might be more of personal preference thing. But the regular ol’ iceberg lettuce isn’t all that great for you anyway, so try to upgrade to something a little more nutritious with more flavor!

2. Add Variety. – I love sweet and salty foods so I really enjoy mixing in fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, etc. In the salad shown above I have included: strawberries, raspberry, blueberries, tomatoes, grapes, carrots, broccoli, avocado, green olives, almonds, colby cheese, and 4 pieces of pepperoni! You should typically add a protein of some sort – chicken, pork, steak, beans, etc. I didn’t this time.

3. Everything in Moderation. – Don’t skip your favorite toppings! I love cheese and pepperoni. These aren’t the healthiest things to add in but I make sure to only add just a few pieces of each to satisfy that craving. You could always substitute a stronger tasting cheese in order to use less of it for the same amount of flavor.

4. Use a healthy homemade dressing. – Store bought dressings have all kinds of added ingredients in them, especially ones that boast that they are fat free. I really enjoy whipping up a fresh homemade dressing to go on my salads! You’re probably thinking that sounds way too complicated but I promise it’s not! See my absolute favorite salad dressing recipes below:

Red Wine Vinaigrette:
1. Mix one part red wine vinegar with 2 parts olive oil.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Voila.

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1. Mix one part balsamic vinegar with 2 parts olive oil.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Voila.

Those are pretty easy, right? I’m sure there are a million other healthy salad dressing recipes on the internet but these are flavorful, easy, and mix well with the variety of stuff I put on my salads! That little bit of bite from the vinaigrette mixes so perfectly!

Do you make salads at home? Do you have a favorite homemade dressing recipe or a favorite “topping”? I’d love to hear it!

Recipe: Spinach Quiche

here. I only changed a few small details to make an already fool proof recipe even simpler, but make sure to check out the original version in case it sounds better to you. Her pictures are also prettier, if we’re being honest.

You Will Need:
♥ 1 Frozen pie crust
♥ 3 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature)
♥ 1/3 cup of milk
♥ 3 eggs
♥ 1 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained // or about 1 lb. fresh cooked spinach, drained
♥ 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
♥ 1/4 cup Parmesan
♥ 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
♥ 1/4 teaspoon of salt
♥ 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Start by preheating your oven to 425° and set out your frozen pie crust. Thaw or cook your spinach – I’ve used frozen and fresh – both are yummy! Beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add in milk and eggs and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture into pie crust. Bake for between 25-30 minutes. It usually takes closer to 30 minutes in my oven.

Tips:
♥ Drain spinach easily by placing thawed/cooked spinach into a bowl and setting another bowl on top/inside of that bowl. Squeeze the bowls together over the sink to drain out the excess liquid.
♥ If your pie crusts usually get a little overdone and dry – before baking set the pie crust on a sheet of tinfoil and fold tinfoil over the edges of the crust. About 5 minutes before the quiche is done cooking, carefully peel back the tinfoil and expose the crust for the remaining cook time.
♥ If you love cheese – sprinkle a little bit extra on the very top of the quiche before baking. MMMM… cheese!

Freckles was eyeing my big batch of spinach the entire time. He can smell leafy greens a mile away. And bananas. Don’t be fooled by the cartoons folks – it would have been a lot more realistic for bugs bunny to have been noming a banana everywhere he went vs a carrot. Our bunnies are very unimpressed by carrots.

The Pinkest & Easiest Smoothie Recipe

I found a bag of frozen strawberries that I had forgotten about in my freezer a few days ago. I immediately decided that it was smoothie time but I knew that I didn’t have the rest of my usual go-to ingredients – plain yogurt, regular milk, and bananas. I decided to improvise when I found Nate’s single Yoplait Raspberry Cheesecake yogurt sitting in the fridge. Goodbye strawberry banana, hello raspberry & strawberry cheesecake!

This is a hilariously easy “recipe” but I always find myself googling smoothie recipes no matter how simple they are – so why not add one more to the virtual pile? =)

You Will Need:

♥ One Yoplait Light Raspberry Cheesecake Yogurt
♥ 9 oz unsweetened frozen strawberries (not thawed)
♥ One cup of almond milk (add more if consistency is too thick)
♥ A dash of vanilla extract

Make Your Smoothie!

♥ Put all of your ingredients in a blender.
♥ Blend and serve!

**This will make 2 servings (a little bit more than the amount pictured).

Snack Time: A Twist On Plain Greek Yogurt

Revolt Now Fitness program. I’ve had a few discipline issues recently with completely sticking to this diet program but regardless – I’ve incorporated a lot of new healthy recipes and snacks into my diet! I’m going to go ahead and call it a win that I’m not picking up a bag of chips to snack on anymore!

This isn’t exactly a recipe. I was going to make a video tutorial but then I was like… I’m pretty sure everyone can figure this one out without my squeaky little voice instructing them. Let me know if I’m wrong, y’all!

**These portion measurements are based on my personal Revolt Now Fitness diet plan for my weight vs the amount of weight I plan to loose. Nate finds that this portion is plenty for him as well, even though his plan calls for a little more!


>What You’ll Need<

ONE// Plain Greek Yogurt – We love Oikos!
TWO// Vanilla Whey Protein – We purchased this brand at our local grocery store. This is the only brand we’ve tried and it’s delicious!
THREE// Granola – We love the Bear Naked Granola – Triple Berry Crunch!
FOUR// Optional – sliced strawberries.


>The Super Simple Directions<


ONE// Spoon 1/2 cup of your plain greek yogurt into a bowl (or tupperware if you’re making a snack for tomorrow!).
TWO// Mix in 1/2 scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein in with your yogurt. Mix this WELL until it is completely smooth.
THREE// Top with one table spoon of granola.
FOUR// 1/4 cup of chopped strawberries. Feel free to use frozen if you’re making it the night before – they will thaw out!

That is all there is to it and it is seriously so yummy! I have started craving this when I go a few days without having it as my midday snack! If you’re interested in learning a bit more about the Whey Protein Powder you can check out the reviews on Amazon here. I’m not a fitness guru and I don’t know all of the benefits of this stuff, but I do know that I feel 100% better after I work out since I’ve started incorporating this into my diet. It has glutamine in it which helps with muscle repair and the horrible achey feeling I used to get a day or two after a hard workout. And uh, it tastes wonderful!! It’s really not even bad just mixed with water!

Let me know if you try out this super simple and healthy snack! Make sure to check out Revolt Not Fitness if you’re interested in leading a healthier lifestyle. I’ve gained so many new healthy recipes and great workouts on top of a strong community of encouraging people holding me accountable. Though I haven’t been 100% perfect I’m still not giving up and I’m continuing to work toward a healthier me! Let me know if you sign up!

yogurt