Watch the calories through the holidays by having salads plus protein for lunch!

Posted 12/17/2013 | By HealthCorps

With the holiday season in full swing, you are probably enjoying calorie-heavy drinks, lots of desserts, office and family parties and way too many calories.  Try managing these food-driven weeks by committing to a light, healthy salad daily for lunch – even on weekends.  Try to embrace meat free salads, and always have a protein like beans, nuts or fish, or have some Greek yogurt to compliment the salad.  And go easy on the oil dressings, in favor of flavored vinegars instead.

Here’s a delicious salad idea from the Dr. Oz show, created by Ulli Stachl, a food stylist and culinary consultant.

Mango Endive Salad: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 mango, peeled and cut into thin 2-inch long strips
2 heads endive, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 apple, cored, quartered and cut into thin quarter moon discs
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1 oz maytag blue or other blue cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp walnut or grape seed oil
1 pinch sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Toss the mango, endive and apple slices, walnuts and blue cheese with the vinegar and oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.  (To add some additional protein, add grilled shrimp, shelled edamame beans, or add a side of 4 ounces of Greek yogurt).

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