add this: salmon

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What:

  • Wild or Farm-Raised Salmon: wild is better because the fish eat a natural diet, instead of grains that farm-raised fish are fed. This makes the ratio of omega-3′s to omega-6′s better in wild fish. (Ideally, the ratio of omega fatty acids in our diets would be 3:1 (omega-6 to omega-3) but is typically closer to 30:1 in Western diets)
  • Alaska Salmon is considered the best
  • There are many varieties – try them out to find the one you enjoy the most

 

Why:

  • Great source of protein
  • Full of omega-3 fatty acids (this is a good fat that helps decrease inflammation)
  • Good source  of Vitamin D
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids in fish can help protect against heart disease and to protect against autoimmune diseases
  • It is delicious!

 

How:

 

Are you a fan of salmon? How do you add it into your diet? 

date, corn & goat cheese salad

I’m always on the lookout for new salad inspiration.

And let me tell you, California has some really good salads.

You can get your burger on a salad (which I find absolutely annoying because I’m never the one doing it) and literally every single restaurant has a list of decent salads. Even Asian take-out restaurants! Then there are restaurants that serve only salads, like greens up in Santa Monica.

I had been working at greens up a few weeks ago, and spent a significant amount of time drooling over their menu.

For some reason the salad that contained dates and corn – two things that are not my favorite – sounded  really good. So I brought home two salads and we celebrated Valentine’s Day with salads and wine. The salad ended up being so good that I decided I needed to make it a few days later.

The flavors are perfect – sweet dates, creamy cheese, flavorful corn – all over dressed greens. I thought the salad was pretty filling, but if you really want to make it into a meal, add some cooked turkey or chicken for protein!

 

Date, Corn & Goat Cheese Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 5 min

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 tsp oil (like grapeseed or olive)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 8 cups greens of choice
  • 1Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 dates, sliced thinly
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp toasted walnuts
  • 8 oz chicken or turkey if desired

Instructions

Heat oil in small pan.

Add corn and saute for about 3-5 minutes, until golden brown.

Set aside.

Toss lettuce with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Divide onto two plates.

Top greens with dates, goat cheese, walnuts, corn and turkey or chicken if desired.

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paleta review

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was busy packing, working and running last minute errands for our trip. I also saw Dr. Chase from the show House and it totally made my Saturday. Sometimes I feel like a 13 year-old girl. (He is SO cute!)

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We are currently in Mexico, (probably on the beach, sorry) but I’ve got a few posts lined up for you while I’m gone. I’ll be back next week with some stories, pictures and hopefully a tan! ;)

I wanted to share more about my experience with Paleta with you all so here are my final thoughts! I’ll definitely miss it, it was wonderful!

Thoughts: 

  • 1,600 calories a day is a little low for me, so I went into it knowing that I would supplement it with more snacks (or chocolate) but I was usually surprised at how much food it seemed like. I did have to add in extra snacks every day.
  • the system is amazing – they drop off your cooler of food in the middle of the night – you wake up and have a day of food waiting for you
  • not having to pack lunches (especially on days when I don’t work at home) was AMAZING

Love: 

  • restaurant quality meals for every meal felt like such a treat
  • the great balance of protein, fat, fiber and fruits or vegetables at every meal and snack!
  • every morning felt like Christmas – I couldn’t wait to see what was on the menu that day
  • fresh fruit, especially the berries! I am typically lacking in the fruit department and rarely buy berries for myself, they always felt like such a treat!
  • that you can let them know about food “dislikes” – I didn’t do this, but would next time

Wish:

  • all of the packaging made me feel really guilty….it is recyclable, but maybe sometime soon they will use reusable packages for the individual meals
  • I had more money, it is expensive, but for the quality of food, definitely worth it (ranges from $46-$59/day)
  • they would label the foods that are organic so I would know how much of them are local/organic/etc.

Favorite Meals: 

  • Spicy Shrimp Pizza
  • Honey Yogurt, Grapes, Berries, Veggie Sausages and Almonds (simple but SO perfect!)
  • Thai Chicken Salad
  • Lentil Burger Snack
  • Pan-fried Salmon Lunch
  • PALETA Energy Bite

Thank you PALETA for such a wonderful experience! 

daily eats: 2.21.12 {paleta}

Todays post is all about PaletaPaleta* provides home delivery of gourmet nutritionally balanced meals and I’m trying them out for the week!

It was an early wake-up call so I started the day with coffee. :)

Workout: I tried a new Jillian Michaels dvd (Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism) – I haven’t purchased any workout dvds in a long time, but since I’ve been working out more at home lately, I needed to change it up. I loved this dvd! It does not require weights, which is great if you are going to take it with you on a trip and is a combination of cardio, kickboxing, plyometrics in a circuit form. It was intense, got me sweating and left me tired. Perfect!

Breakfast: My first paleta meal of Honey Yogurt, Fresh Grapes, Veggie Sausage Patties, Chili Lime Almonds and Fresh Berries. So good, and surprisingly filling.

Snack: I was working over the normal lunch hour so I also had part of the snack on my way to work. I tried the Energy Bite (left corner) and I was really skeptical – I typically don’t care for those types of bars, they usually are filled with dates, too sweet for my taste, etc. but these were great – there was definitely peanut butter in it but I’m not sure what else!

Lunch: Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce (and the clementines above) – I was a little worried that the salad would be soggy, but it was great and much more filling than I expected! The dressing was delicious and the salad contained chicken, carrots, peppers, onions, fennel and celery – all over spinach.

Snack 2: On my way home I grabbed a snack from the store I was working at and when I got home I made some miso soup while dinner was heating up. I must say, it was wonderful to just throw dinner into the oven and not worry about anything else!

Dinner:  Lemony Cannelini Bean Dip with Cucumber and Carrot Sticks (they were designated as a snack) along with Snapper with Lemon Mustard Sauce, Roasted Zucchini, Brown Rice with Lentils and Slivered Almonds. Dinner was delicious!

Dessert: Chocolate x2!

I’ll be sharing my full review on Paleta with you next week, but I’m SO excited for the rest of the meals to come. I was so impressed with everything today!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

(*Disclosure: Paleta provided me with these meals free of charge)