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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Broccoli Carrot Salad

Broccoli Carrot Salad + for Lunch!

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts
½ cup plain Oatmeal, cooked with Fat Free Milk, in microwave
2 tbsp of plain Walnuts
Plain Cinnamon (a couple shakes on top)
5 oz. glass of OJ
Cup of Coffee, black

Lunch: Broccoli Carrot Salad +
1.5 cups Broccoli Carrot Salad (Recipe below)
+ Plus: 
½ cup Chick Peas (drained and rinsed)
2 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
Water with lemon
Hard Boiled Eggs make great snacks: full of protein and very filling!

Snack:  ¼ cup of lightly salted Peanuts, Glass of Fat Free Milk

Snack:  1 Plain Hard Boiled Egg, Water with Lemon

Snack:  1 slice of White American Cheese, Cup of Hot Green Tea

Note:  The benefits of Green Tea are vast, including improving skin tone and texture according to Women's Day, May 2012. 

I am a coffee drinker, but am always trying to incorporate more of this good stuff into my day.  For a comprehensive overview of all the benefits of Green Tea check this page at the Maryland School of Medicine site:

Snack:  5 small Turkey Meatballs in Marinara (from freezer section of Target), Glass of Fat Free Milk - Yes I was starving today!!!

Avocado, Salsa & Black Bean Dip for Nachos
Nachos: this pan measures 6.5 inches by 10 inches - it keeps my portions in check!

Dinner:  Nachos
White Organic Corn Tortilla Chips
¼ cup Cheddar Cheese
For dip:  ½ Avocado, jarred medium Salsa, 1 cup of low sodium drained and rinsed Black Beans
Glass of White Wine

Dessert:  1 Organic Gala Apple, Glass of Water

Amy’s Broccoli Carrot Salad Recipe:
4 cups fresh Broccoli, chopped
1 cup grated Carrots
4 tbsp Ranch Dressing (In this case I used Annie’s Organic Ranch – unfortunately most Ranch dressings have MSG & HFCS, so I always try to go “All Natural” or “Organic” to keep it real)
¼ cup Red Onion, sliced
2 Radishes, sliced

Tip:  The Mandolin Slicer is another magical kitchen tool!  I used it to slice up the Radishes in this recipe.  It is a great, easy and fast way to slice up things super thin and uniformly without worrying about cutting your fingers!  I also use the Mandolin for zucchini, potatoes, mushrooms, large garlic etc.  Mine has 3 settings for different sizes and also a ‘lock’ position to keep it safe for washing and storage. 

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