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15 Simple And Healthy Salad Recipes You Should Try Today

15 Simple And Healthy Salad Recipes You Should Try Today

Need a simple, healthy and fun way to add veggies into your diet? Have you been avoiding making salads because it’s just too complicated or boring? Well look no further here are 15 simple and healthy salad recipes you should try today.

1. Strawberry Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing

Simple Healthy Salad Recipes

    Strawberries and bacon. Who knew? Substitute coconut oil for bacon fat and honey for sugar to make a healthier version of this tasty salad.
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    2. Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Quinoa Salad in Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Roasted Cauliflower Mushroom Quinoa Salada

      A flavourful and warm salad hearty enough for a main dish. Call it a casserole and you could serve to even the most salad-loathing guests and they’d never know.
      Recipe source.

      3. Kale Salad With Meyer Lemon Dressing

      Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing

        This simple and healthy salad recipe packs a lot of unique flavours in one bite. Pomegranates, goat cheese, avocado, lemon and pecans. Yum!
        Recipe source.

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        4. Mushroom, Lemon And Lentil Salad

        Mushroom Lentil Salad

          Next on our list of warms salad recipes features mushrooms again. With the added lentils, this salad has a hearty protein punch.
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          5. Berry, Lemon, Chicken And Feta Salad

          Berry and Chicken Salad with Lemon Dressing

            One of my favorite salad recipes is this sweet and savory chicken salad with berries, lemon and feta. The perfect salad for a light spring meal.
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            6. Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

            Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad

              This salad recipe gives a whole new meaning to cool as a cucumber. Crushed peppers give it a hot kick too.
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              7. Broccoli, Apple And Almond Salad

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              Broccoli Apple and Almond Salad

                Another hearty bowl on this list of salad recipes. I find broccoli really adds a density to salad and in this one it’s the feature. Though, if you’re not a fan of olives, you can simply omit them and it will still taste delicious.
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                8. Berry Chicken Salad With Poppy-seed Dressing

                Berry Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

                  Can you tell I’m a fan of salad recipes with fruit? Berries just add another dimension to a salad that can’t be given with any type of vegetable. Try it, you won’t regret it.
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                  9. Strawberry Asparagus Salad

                  Strawberry Asparagus Salad

                    It’s not often you see asparagus in a salad recipe, but here’s one that has strawberries too. So easy. So tasty!
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                    10. Vietnamese Chicken, Avocado And Lemongrass Spring Roll Salad

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                    Vietnamese Chicken Avocado Salad

                      It sounds complicated, but is actually quite simple and totally healthy. If you want a little challenge in the kitchen try making the Hoisin Crackers for a little crunch.
                      Recipe source.

                      11. Kale Salad with Pear, Hazelnuts and Cranberries

                      Kale Pear Hazelnut Salad

                        Whether you’re a kale lover or newbie, this recipe is sure to please. Toasty nuts and sweet pear add a delicious texture and depth.
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                        12. Honey Walnut Power Salad

                        Honey Walnut Power Salad

                          If you’re new to power bowls, here’s a simple and healthy salad recipe to get you started. It’s full of nutrients, antioxidants and deliciousness.
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                          13. Green Goddess Potato Salad

                          Green Goddess Potato Salad

                            This salad recipe is a healthy and green take on the classic potato salad. Spruce up your spuds with a tasty pesto-like dressing.
                            Recipe source.

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                            14. Shrimp And Avocado Salad With Miso Dressing

                            Shrimp and Avocado Salad

                              Here’s a simple and healthy salad recipe that will wow your guests. Bring the thai heat right to your kitchen.
                              Recipe source.

                              15. Peas, Potatoes, Acidulated Shallots + Creamy Dill Dressing

                              Peas Potatoes and Shallots Salad

                                Here’s another simple and healthy recipe that only sounds fancy. Don’t be fooled by the big words, just put it in your mouth.
                                Recipe source.

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                                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                1. Exercise Daily

                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                • Eat more veggies
                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                  6. Start Slow

                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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