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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Maple Pumpkin & Cranberry Granola

8 ingredient granola, people! It doesn’t get much better than this! Deliciously festive and healthy making both the perfect breakfast and/or holiday gift. I’ve added dried cranberries and walnuts however, feel free to substitute with something of similar of your choice!  Get your pumpkin on and enjoy!

The Healthy Bachelorette

8 Ingredient Granola!

Maple Pumpkin & Cranberry Granola

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Directions:

1.Heat the oven to 325 degrees and line a sheet pan with wax paper.

2. Combine the oats, walnuts, cranberries, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl.

3. Heat the pumpkin puree and maple syrup in a small saucepan, whisk until combined and heated through lightly, 1-2 minutes.

4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix with a wooden spoon. Spread evenly over wax paper lined sheet pan.

5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, remove pan and stir mixture with wooden spoon. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes, mix again and let cool completely. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 week!

Dry Ingredients!

Dry Ingredients!

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Combined wet and dry ingredients.

Combined wet and dry ingredients.

25 minutes later!

25 minutes later!

Yum!

Yum!