Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Have you started to plan your holiday meals yet? If you are trying to stick to the healthy path, these meals can bring an extra challenge.
How do you lighen up Thanksgiving dinner?
Not by making all kinds of fat-free substitutions to your meal. Most likely that will not go over very well.
Instead, how about offering a tossed green salad in addition to all of the heavy sides that often accompany the meal? It will help to fill you up with fiber (and lots of antioxidants to help you detox naturally!).
This salad is a delicious one, inspired by a salad that my friend, Kara, serves at holiday meals.
Thanksgiving Side Salad
5 cups baby spinach leaves, stemmed
1 large apple of your choice, julienned
1/3 cup pecan halves
1/4 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp grated yellow onion
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp winterized olive oil
2 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
Dash ground black pepper
Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to mix. Add apple slices and place in refrigerator for one hour.
Toss spinach with dressing and apples, then top with pecans and grated cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Info per 1 cup: 112 calories, 8 g fat (7 g monounsaturated), 3.5 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber
Posted by Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc at 7:04 AM