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Salad of the day

Today’s salad recipe is a grilled shrimp and corn salad. What is healthy about this salad? Everything! But I’ll focus on shrimp’s healthy attributes today. Shrimp is anything but small when it comes to nutrient density. Shrimp qualifies as an excellent source of selenium and unusually low-fat, low-calorie protein–a four-ounce serving of shrimp supplies 23.7 grams of protein (that’s 47.4% of the daily value for protein) for a mere 112 calories and less than a gram of fat. Shrimp are also a very good source of vitamin D and vitamin B12.


Salad of the day

Today’s salad is a pan-seared salmon salad. No shocker here, we all have heard salmon was good for us. But do you know why?

Salmon is one of the most nutritious fish out there. Salmon is high in protein and low in calories and saturated fat. Salmon is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, which gives your cardiovascular health a huge boost. Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent arrhythmia and the formation of dangerous blood clots in the arteries, lower your triglycerides levels, improve blood flow and reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. Omega-3’s anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory effects also help the brain work better, improving mental health and cognitive function, and may help relieve or prevent depression, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses. Studies have shown that eating salmon or other cold-water fish twice a week will significantly raise your body’s omega-3 levels, and can have a noticeable effect on your cardiovascular and cognitive health.

Salad of the day

Today’s healthy salad is a spinach and mandarin orange salad.

Oranges provide an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids. They also offer a good source of fiber, carotenes, pectin, potassium, and B vitamins (including vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, and pantothenic acid). And although this recipe calls for mandarin oranges – tangerines, tangelos, citrons, and mandarin oranges all provide similar health benefits as oranges.

Salad of the day

Today’s salad recipe is for a tropical pork salad. This spinach-based salad with papaya, pineapple, mango, and pork tenderloin would make a filling lunch or dinner. Pile those fruits and veggies on any lunch or dinner salad, because these toppings are colorful, filling, and packed with health-benefiting antioxidants.

Salad of the day

Grapefruit, mango, and avocado salad with sherry dressing – a colorful new summer lunch idea.

Can salads really make you fat?

They sure can. With some restaurant salads totalling 1400 calories, you can pack on extra pounds fast. Salads are thought to be the healthy option to a lot of people, but here’s a tip: check those nutrition facts before ordering. Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion salad is a whopping 1400 calories. For one salad! To calculate the calories in your favorite salad, you can use Fitness magazine’s new “Salad Calorie Counter” to be sure you are making a healthy choice:

4/22/11 lunch

I slept in today (because I was off work) and had a nice brunch at a place called the French Pantry, that is a local favorite. I waited in line for over an hour before I got inside. (Only a foodie would go to these lengths for a fabulous meal) Lunch consisted of 2 pieces of freshly baked french baguette, and a raspberry chicken salad with blue cheese, dried cherries, and pecans topped with a raspberry dressing. Absolutely worth the hot wait. This lunch was probably around 800 calories, maybe more (yikes), but its a special occasion, right? Good Friday counts as a special occasion….