Spring Avocado & Strawberry Salad

Meals for One: Avocado and Strawberry Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese from The Healthy Bachelorette

Hey winter – enough is enough!

If you saw our Facebook post on Friday, the weather in Greenville, SC vs. Boston, MA is very different right now. Ranging 30-50 degrees! For those of you in the Northeast .. I am so sorry. You have put up with enough snow, ice and cold.. you all deserve spring!! I grew up in upstate NY and went to ‘Cuse, so I totally get it. March weather is seriously the worst.

Today I thought I would bring a little hope for spring through food. Check out my springy tasting avocado strawberry salad with goat cheese and walnuts. This salad is a great meal for one, whether it be for lunch or dinner. You can add some lean protein to it too to make it heartier (think grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon). The strawberry brings a refreshing sweetness, while the goat cheese and avocado give a welcomed creaminess to the salad and the walnuts give the perfect amount of crunch. The avocado also gives some “meat” to the salad, as it is full of healthy good fats, and also keeps you fuller longer. Remeber: don’t be afraid of fats!! While I totally and completely love everything about the 90s, I do hate how fat phobic it made everyone. Incorporating good fats in your diet (like nuts and avocados here) will help reduce your risk of  heart disease and diabetes. Bonus: They have a much better full factor than carbs, which make you crave more and more.

Enjoy, and don’t worry, spring is coming!!

Avocado & Strawberry Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups arugula
  • 1/4 medium size avocado, sliced
  • 3-4 medium sized strawberries sliced
  • 1 oz goat cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh ground black pepper and dried herbs to taste

Directions

  1. Add the arugula to a large bowl.
  2. Top with the sliced avocado, sliced strawberries, crumbled goat cheese and chopped walnuts.
  3. Dress the salad with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, 1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and fresh ground pepper and a small amount of fresh dried herbs (such as basil, if desired).
  4. Toss and eat!

What are your favorite spring foods?

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#LeftoverWednesday Lunch: Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomato

Happy #HumpDay !

Check out this recipe made from my leftover spiralized zucchini and Healthy Bachelorette Pesto. Super easy to put together, and makes for a way more exciting lunch than say, a turkey sandwich. 

This dish is perfect for our Bachelorettes following a low-carb diet, or those that are like me and are carb challenged (thanks genetics).

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomatoes

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomato

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Spiralize the zucchini using a spiralizer . Place into a microwavable bowl or steamer, add a small amount of water and steam for 2-3 minutes on high.
  2. While the zucchini is cooking, chop the tomato and grilled chicken.
  3. Heat a medium sized frying pan to medium-low heat. Add the in the steamed zucchini, tomato, grilled chicken and pesto. Toss together for about 5 minutes, until sauce is evenly distributed and the chicken is warmed.
  4. Pack up your lunch in a microwaveable container and top with some Parmesan cheese (optional).

Nutrition Facts: 356 calories, 3g saturated fat, 11g total carb, 4g fiber and 370mg sodium.

There you have it! You are guaranteed to have the best smelling lunch during your boring lunch and learn. #Winning

Happy lunching Healthy Bachelorettes!!

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Tomato