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Beautifying Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Beautifying Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Happy First Tuesday of February ~ If you saw my post yesterday you know I am undertaking a 7-day detox challenge, and I challenge you to do the same ~ today is my day 2 of the 7-day detox.  It’s OK to start today. My challenge is from yesterday, Monday to this Sunday, but you can start any day. My goal for this detox is to simply feel better. Plus, this past weekend, a pair of jeans I tried to wear didn’t fit quite right (or at all).  And I know that I have not been drinking enough water, so water consumption is part of this challenge ~ drink half of your body weight in water each day, in ounces (if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces of water).  If you hate drinking plain ole water, below you will find a flavored water recipe ~ a different water option each day. Today’s option is Classic Cucumber Water.

Day 2 ~ Breakfast: Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie, Lunch: Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing, Dinner: Chopped Big Bowl Salad with Fat Free Lemon Dressing, Snack: you can have two (2) throughout the day; I will have an Apple for one and an Emerald 100 calories packet of Raw Almonds for the other (snacks are optional, but choose wisely). FYI, today we have a smoothie and two salads; tomorrow we have two smoothies and a salad.

The smoothies are easy to make, simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, enjoy.

Don’t worry, we are not going to eat the same salad every single day for seven days, boring.

SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

½ Cup Strawberries

½ Cup Pineapple

2 Hearts of Romaine

1 Cup Almond Milk, unsweetened

You can use either frozen or fresh berries and if you need to, add a little water and/or ice to your smoothie as you blend, if needed (depending on the consistency you prefer)…yesterday, I went and bought frozen strawberries and a fresh whole pineapple ~ I cut up the pineapple, weighted the pieces on a kitchen scale and froze it in 4 ounce batches (4 ounces = 1/2 cup).

SALAD #1 (Lunch ~ you can mix and match today’s salads)

Ingredients

2 Cups Spinach

1 Cup Arugula

1/2 Cup Brussels Sprouts, shredded

3 Tbsp Garbanzo Beans

1 Tbsp Dried Cranberries

1 Tbsp Red Onion, chopped

1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa (cook according to package directions)

2 Tbsp Toasted Almonds

1/2 Avocado, sliced

DRESSING

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1 tsp Olive Oil, extra virgin

1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 tsp Honey

Juice of 1 Orange

1 Tbsp Red Onion, chopped

1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together for both the salad and dressing ~ top the salad with the dressing and enjoy

The idea behind this huge salad is that it’s hard to eat all at once.  You can eat half for lunch and have the other half for a snack.  I will probably divide the recipe in half and make a smaller salad.  I know myself well enough to know that I won’t eat a salad as a snack.

DINNER ~ Salad #2

Chopped Big Bowl Salad

Ingredients

2 Cups Baby Spinach, chopped

2 Cups Arugula, chopped

1/2 Pear, chopped

1 tsp Pumpkin Seeds

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1/2 Avocado, chopped

2 Tbsp Garbanzo Beans

Mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl and top the salad with the following dressing…

DRESSING

Fat Free Lemon Dressing

Ingredients

Juice of 1 Lemon

1 Garlic Clove, chopped

1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard

1/2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 tsp Real Maple Syrup

Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Mix completely, top your salad, enjoy…

WATER

Classic Cucumber Water

Ingredients

1/2 Gallon Purified Water

1 Medium Cucumber, cleaned, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices

Add sliced cucumber to the water, enjoy

Again, I hope you join me on this 7-day journey ~ I look forward to your comments.

These recipes are from my ‘print and save in a binder’ collection from 2016, Lose Weight by Eating with Audrey Johns. Audrey has a beautiful story and wonderful website ~ www.loseweightbyeating.com ~ be sure and check it out.

ALSO, I am happy to report, Audrey is joining me on my 7-day detox!!! YAY!!!

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