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The Power of a Power Salad

by Erin Pflueger

Try this power salad!

Filled with antioxidants, fiber, lean protein, healthy omega 3 fats, folate, vitamins A, C, B12, iron, and so much more!

pinnacle-medical-wellness-power-salad.pngMany will agree that planning ahead is one of the most challenging aspects to eating healthy.  If and when you're able to, planning ahead will help keep you on track, allow for more variety, less trips throughout the week to the grocery store, less eating out and also less dent in the budget. However, we know that with busy schedules and lots of running around, it is sometimes tough to take the time for meal planning. Or maybe you're unsure of how to plan your meals ahead to begin with?  We'll save the details of meal planning for another post, or better yet, come in for a nutrition appointment and we can get you started! Today's post, however is about those nights when you don't have a plan, need something quick and easy, and also would like it to be balanced and healthy! To throw together the salad above, all you need is the following:

  • Salad greens (green or red leaf lettuce or whatever you prefer - get the container of prewashed mixed greens to make it even faster)
  • Bell peppers (red, orange and or yellow)
  • Tomatoes (get cherry tomatoes to reduce prep time)
  • Carrots (get the bag of washed and shredded carrots to reduce prep time)
  • Cucumber
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Black or green olives (easily omitted if not preferred)
  • Shrimp (get the bag of frozen,  pre-cooked and deveined shrimp to speed prep)  or substitute canned tuna fish
  • Feta cheese
  • Vinaigrette dressing or simply mix together balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Other additions if desired: whole grain toast, avocado, sunflower seeds or pine nuts.

Toss together all ingredients and enjoy! :)