ranch house salad smoothie

Ranch House Salad Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

I know. The title is kind of scary. But also soooooo intriguing!

I’ll be the first to say that the words ‘ranch house salad smoothie’ give reason for pause. But if you’re getting sick of salads at lunch and love the convenience of smoothies, you’ve got to give this savory smoothie a try.

Ranch House Salad Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

The first time I made this salad smoothie we had a friend over and after the first sip we all looked at each other with confused faces. But then we took another sip. And then another. We all decided that in a weird way, we liked it. It honestly tastes like a salad with ranch dressing. Which is always good in my opinion. :)

Health-wise, it’s a great way to eat a variety of vegetables all packaged up with some high-protein greek yogurt and healthy-fat avocado. I’d pair it with some deli turkey or a slice of toast with a slice of melted goat cheese for a perfect lunch.

Ranch House Salad Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

I can’t take credit for this salad smoothie idea though, I found the recipe in a book called, Green Smoothie Cleanse: Detox, Lose Weight and Restore Your Health with the World’s Most Powerful Superfoods by Lisa Sussman. I was sent the book to review and while I have no intention of going on a smoothie “cleanse” I love that this book is full of smoothie ideas and inspiration. Check it out if you’re getting sick of your standard smoothies, the recipes won’t disappoint.

nutrition facts: 456 calories, 24 grams of fat, 27 grams of protein, 42 g carbohydrates, 12 g fiber

Ranch House Salad Smoothie

by Green Smoothie Cleanse

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: blender salad gluten-free high protein low-carb vegetarian

 

Ingredients (16 oz (1 serving))

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 onion (I used less)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon chives
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • dash of salt & pepper

Instructions

Blend until smooth.

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daily eats: 2.19.14

Hi All! How was Valentine’s Day? We spent the evening drinking my favorite wine (Evolution) and celebrating a birthday at a bar called Mickey’s in our neighborhood. Lots of fun and lots of boys in underwear. :)  It was also a great weekend (aren’t all three day weekends?) – we saw Gravity (I hated it!), hung out with friends, went for a hike and ate a lot. Oh, and started watching House of Cards…or I should really say, binge-watched House of Cards. Do you watch it? We’re obsessed.

workout: 45-ish minute run/walk at the gym (about 3.5 miles total)

beverage 1: green juice: romaine + cucumber + parsley + lemon + wheat grass + pineapple

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beverage 2: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: bagel + cream cheese during a work meeting

Nutritionists never “recommend” eating bagels for breakfast – they are high in calories, not very filling, and studies always show you eat more than if you were to eat eggs in the morning – BUT you know what? I love them. If I try to avoid them, I’ll think about bagels all day so I eat the bagel, enjoy it and not give it another thought. Could I be skinnier (or stronger – which seems to be the latest word) if I stopped eating bagels and cupcakes and cheese? Probably. Would I be happier? No.

My definition of eating perfectly isn’t about eating “100% clean” or “whole30 approved” or  “low-carb.” It’s about eating a balance of good (for you) food and good (for your soul) food.

lunch: egg salad (2 eggs + mayonnaise + onion) with a big salad (greens + cucumber + cilantro dressing). Loved this ultra-simple egg salad.

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snack: brown rice crackers + cheese stick + a few fried peanuts

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dinner: parmesan crusted chicken breast + asparagus was on the menu. Then there was a last-minute invite to visit Top Round and we never say no to a dinner date. Revised dinner was a roast beef sandwich with provel cheese, horseradish cream, roasted mushrooms on a sesame bun + curly fries + a few bites of custard. It was delicious.

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approximate nutrition stats: 1,940 calories, 96 grams fat (44%), 191 grams carbohydrates (39%), 16 grams fiber, 27 grams sugar, 83 grams protein (17%)

thoughts: The calories weren’t as high as I would have thought – a pleasant surprise! Fiber and protein are lower than I usually like, but today was heavy on the good (for your soul) food and that’s ok.

7 toppings for your toast

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist Eats

I ate toast every single morning for a good two years. Seriously.

Sometimes I would switch it up with some oats or a smoothie but I started my day with a sprouted bagel or two slices of sprouted bread toast for two years. It was also when I worked in a bakery so there was a) lots of bread, b) I ate/slept/dreamt bread, c) it was easy and d) it was delicious!

I’m getting back into my toast routine but I’m stepping up the topping ideas to add some more fun – and NUTRITION – to your typical toast.

Get your toasters ready…

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsAvocado has to be one of my favorite toppings for toast. A touch of mayo, or a slice of cheese adds a lot, but it’s also delicious on its own. Sprinkle with some high-quality salt (It seriously makes a big difference, I love maldon) and some red pepper flakes if you want a little heat.

 

 

 
Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsProtein-rich greek yogurt gets a sweet drizzle of sweet honey for a delicious and creamy breakfast. Your morning yogurt is now a full meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist Eats

This is a standard breakfast/lunch/dinner meal. Topping toast with a fried egg is a natural choice and for good reason. Spread with a pat of butter or coconut oil if desired, or simply leave the yolk runny for ultimate dipping.

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsMozzarella + Tomato may be a little out of the ordinary for breakfast, but why not? A drizzle of olive oil + a sprinkling of salt + pepper is all this toast needs but if you want a little more flavor, add some high-quality balsamic vinegar. It also makes a perfect lunch.

 

 

 

 
Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsPeanut Butter is always a good idea on toast. And it is what I always topped mine with for those two years. Adding bananas + honey is icing on the “toast” cake in my opinion.

 

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsVegetable Cream Cheese (I couldn’t find one that I liked, so I made my own!) + sprouts is one of those meals that is almost too good to be true. You could also top with some sliced cucumber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsRicotta Cheese + Preserves feels like such a treat on a weekday morning. I like it topped with preserves, but you could also go a savory route and top with a drizzle of olive oil + salt + pepper. Apricot or orange flavors are perfect, but really, anything will work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to mix up your toast. What do you top your toast with? 

 

daily eats: 1.22.14

So since we’ve last talked, there have been two major things going on. One: Richie and I got nike fuel bands and we love them SO much. Mainly because they motivate me to be more active throughout the day instead of just working out and then being sedentary for the remainder of the day. Two: I tried taking new head shots (sooooo overdue) and instead of getting a good photo, I discovered that I have wrinkles. Around my eyes. Real. Live. Wrinkles. It’s concerning. Now I’m on the lookout for a big, floppy beach hat for our trip to Mexico next month. Where do I find a cute one?

workout: 5 min elliptical warm-up + 33 minutes (whole thing was 45 but I didn’t have time) of the “ultimate hollywood” workout from the Nike Training app. It was a fun fusion of yoga, kickboxing, pilates and sculpting meaning I looked a tad crazy at the gym and I will be very sore. I was getting bored with the elliptical so it was time to switch things up and I think I’ll incorporate more of these Nike workouts into my workout routine.

beverages: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: green smoothie: spinach + banana + pineapple + tera’s whey goat protein + almond milk along with a handful of almonds (I had so much smoothie that I needed two containers…I think I need a bigger smoothie bottle!)

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(Shortly after the almond picture, I freaked out over my messy desk.)

lunch: sprouted bread + slice of goat cheese + avocado + maldon sea salt flakes is my favorite lunch right now. I keep things simple (and without much prep work) by eating it with some carrot/celery sticks + some deli chicken meat for an extra protein-boost. Normally I use 1/2 an avocado, but we have a ton of avocados to use right now so I used the whole thing. :)

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snack/treat: today was a birthday celebration in our office and while I was hoping that the yellow cupcake + chocolate frosting would be gone by the time I got to them (so I wouldn’t be tempted)…there were plenty. Obviously I ate one and enjoyed every bite.

dinner: I didn’t really have a dinner planned for tonight, I’m still not sure why…so Richie picked up Chipotle. I realize that I had Chipotle for dinner on a recent daily eats post so I apologize, I swear I don’t eat it every day! My standard Chipotle order is: salad (no dressing) + chicken + fajita veggies + black beans + medium salsa + sour cream + extra lettuce along with some chips + guacamole. Dinner also included wine + water + laptop while watching the Badger vs. Gopher game.

dinner | a nutritionist eats

approximate nutrition stats: 2,144 calories, 110 grams fat (47%), 170 grams carbohydrates (32%), 47 grams fiber, 66 grams sugar, 106 grams protein (20%)

thoughts: the calories are on the higher side, but nothing I’m concerned about and  to be expected when you eat an entire avocado+ and have a cupcake in one day!