Happy New Year everyone! Goodness is it just me, or were the holidays a little overwhelming this year? Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with family and friends, but for some reason all of the other things that come with the holidays (traffic, shopping, planning, coordinating, large crowds, expenses…) seemed to be 10 times more stressful this year.
So now that its a new year, lets talk about how we can truly make 2016 the best year for you. I’m not talking about resolutions, fad diets, killing yourself at the gym for hours each day for a few weeks and then calling it quits. I’m talking about real lifestyle changes; making healthy eating fun; not depriving yourself; not developing a poor relationship with food just to loose those 2 or 3 extra holiday pounds; taking 2016 and turing it into your next chapter of good health and happiness! Are you ready?
Lets start with the salad talk.
We all know my thoughts on eating your veggies, BUT making changes towards healthy eating does not mean you need to eat salads for each meal (I mean… that has to sound boring doesn’t it?). While I love a good salad for lunch, you best believe I also love a good veggie-packed sandwich, a hearty bowl of soup, or even a little platter of dips, wheat crackers, veggie sticks, fruits, cheeses, and nuts. Like I said, you have to change it up every now and then!
So, lets say you do want to have a salad as one of you main meals…. great! Let’s talk about how to spruce that up and give yourself some flavor, some color, and something to get a little more excited about then a few green leaves with shredded carrots and croutons…..yuck.
I made this salad on Christmas Eve to bring to my in-law’s. Let’s just say, I brought home a completely empty bowl. Color, texture, contrast… these are all things you should take into consideration when trying to jazz up what could be a very boring dish (especially if your not normally a veg head). I love a good crunch and I love the combination of sweet and savory. This simple salad provides all of these things… a little sweetness, a little crunch, and a lot of flavor. It is the perfect start to your new look on eating healthy; not boring and very simple! Enjoy!
Pomegranate Spinach Salad
Ingredients: serves 8-12
- 1 bag spinach
- ~1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (I used 1 large pomegranate)
- 1/3-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 green apple, chopped
- 1/4-1/3 cup goat cheese
- light pomegranate dressing (I used Simply Dressed)
Mix all ingredients except the dressing. This salad is best when dressed at the last second. Spinach can easily become soggy and the goat cheese is very creamy, so try to wait as long as possible to dress your dish to assure the spinach stays crisp!