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20 Refreshing And Delicious Salad Recipes You Need This Summer

20 Refreshing And Delicious Salad Recipes You Need This Summer

Salads are the perfect thing to be eating this summer. Aside from the countless health benefits (lowers risk of developing cancer, aids weight loss) they also offer an abundance of flavor and are easy to make. Thanks to the marvelous World Wide Web, we are no longer stuck with just some lettuce on a plate—there are so many delicious recipes out there. Enjoy!

1. Mango Slaw with Cashews and Mint

Mango Slaw

    What could be more refreshing than some sweet mango and lime in your salad?  With no cooking required, this recipe is simple and delicious.

    2. Superfood Salad

    Superfood salad

      Superfoods are all the rage at the moment, and why wouldn’t they be when you can have your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants all on one plate?  Serve this delicious salad with grilled chicken or fish, and you have yourself one very healthy meal.

      3. Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushroom & Steak Salad

      Grilled balsamic and portobello steak

        This mouth watering salad is the perfect alternative to a steak sandwich.  With no refined grains and all of the flavor, you’re sure to impress your friends when you whip this one out at your next BBQ.

        4. Green Tabouli

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        Green Tabouli

          This no-fuss recipe will make the perfect addition to your lunch box.  As Chef Teresa Cutter tells us, it’s “full of alkalinising, anti-inflamatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients called sulforaphane that work to support optimum health and protect against disease.”  Plus it tastes delicious!

          5. Classic Greek Salad

          Greek salad

            You can’t go wrong with a classic Greek Salad.  Filled with ingredients everybody loves (tomato, cucumber, onion and olives), this salad is perfect on it’s own or accompanied by your favorite grilled meat.

            6. Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

            Strawberry-and-Avocado-Spinach-Salad1

              Strawberries in my salad? Yes please! This recipe is extremely simple and is sure to freshen you up on a hot summer day.

              7. Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Raisins, and Cheddar Cheese

              brocolli salad

                I love bacon—even more when it’s combined with sweet and savory flavors in this salad. Make sure you try this perfect combination of broccoli, bacon, raisins and cheese.

                8. Puy Lentil, Spiced Roast Carrot & Feta Salad

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                Lentil salad

                  This salad is the perfect choice if you are looking to increase your fiber and iron intake.  It may take a little longer to prepare, but it’s worth the wait.

                  9. Everyday Green Chopped Salad

                  Everyday green salad

                    Sometimes the simpler the better.  This one from Jamie Oliver is a great way to balance your plate with some greens.  You can make it into a complete meal by adding some grilled chicken, tinned tuna or salmon.

                    10. BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta + Avocado

                    BLT salad

                      This one has my favorite ingredients in it: bacon, feta, avocado and corn.  Tear up some whole-wheat wraps, place them in the oven for a few minutes and the use them to scoop this salad up.  You’ll have a party of flavors in your mouth!

                      11. Pad Thai Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

                      Pad Thai Salad

                        I can’t wait to try this one. The coconut lime dressing has really got me excited.  The best part about it is that it lasts for about 3 days.  This means you could whip up a batch on a Sunday and then have it for lunch throughout the week.

                        12. Green Goddess Chicken Salad

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                        Green Goddess Chicken Salad

                          Who would have thought a salad could have so much history?  Apparently the green goddess dressing used in this recipe was created in the 1920s as a tribute to an actor. With a mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs, anchovies and lemon, it’s still just as delicious today.

                          13. Fennel and Pear Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

                          Fennel & Pear salad

                            Here’s another simple yet sophisticated salad that’s perfect for any get-together.  Again, you can make up a batch and have it on hand all week.  So easy and convenient.

                            14. Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Kale Salad

                            Sweet Potato and Kale

                              Are you hooked on the kale craze?  I certainly am! And with delicious salads like this, it’s easy to see what everyone is raving about.

                              15. Green Garden Salad

                              Green Garden Salad

                                This one is a perfect accompaniment to fish or salmon.  It’s a great way to get your hit of greens and it’s so easy; you can have it ready in less than 5 minutes.

                                16. Mediterranean Rice Salad Recipe

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                                Mediterranean Rice Salad

                                  There are days when a basic salad just won’t cut it, and this is when I love using hearty recipes like this one. With brown rice, spinach leaves, cucumber, onion, olives and pine nuts, its absolutely delicious!

                                  17. Red Cabbage and Apple Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

                                  Red Cabbage Salad

                                    This one you can have ready in under 20 minutes, and I am loving the combination of apple, cabbage and ginger.  It’s perfect for those days when you feel like something a little sweeter.

                                    18. Nicoise Salad

                                    Nicoise Salad

                                      They say the best salads are the ones you make yourself, and I can not wait to try this one! Make it vegan by replacing the eggs and tuna with cooked cannelloni or broad beans.

                                      19. Cucumber and Baby Pea Salad

                                      Cucumber & Baby Pea Salad

                                        If you’re not a fan of lettuce, this one is perfect for you.  It’s just cucumbers, peas, parsley, basil and tangy yogurt.  Very tasty.

                                        20. Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

                                        Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

                                          Last but certainly not least is one of my favorites.  I can’t get enough of smoked salmon and this one is perfectly combined with spinach leaves, cucumber and dill. Trust me; it was hard to narrow it down to 20.  Check out more here. Making your own salad and not sure what dressing to put on it?  Get inspired here.

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                                          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                          1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                          3. Jumping Jacks

                                          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                          4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                          5. Balancing Table Pose

                                          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                            6. Leg Squats

                                            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                            7. Push Ups

                                            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                            8. Bicycle Crunches

                                            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                            9. Lunges

                                            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                            10. Bicep Curls

                                            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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