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Hearty Summer Salad

Hearty Summer Salad

Salad

I’ve been a salad lover since I was a little girl. I was the kid who wanted a salad at Wendy’s instead of a burger (really). Something about fresh raw crunchy vegetables and a good vinaigrette (the best part!) has always excited my taste buds and put a smile on my face.

Knowing my healthy reputation, you might think that vegetables have always been my thing (nope, hold the broccoli says my young self). Let’s just say my love of all things green and growing from the ground is a more recent development.

Even though I’m all about the veggies now, salads are still my first love. Especially in the summer when it’s too hot to cook. My salads can be super simple or incredibly complex. Usually, I like to make a hearty salad that is incredibly nutrient-rich by making sure to include proteins and healthy fats.

If you’re already faithfully eating lots of salad and you’re still having trouble losing weight, let’s look at a few of the mistakes you may be making (don’t worry you’re not alone):
  • Eating salad for lunch without any healthy fats and/or just a little bit of dressing (healthy fats fill you up!)
  • Eating a simple green salad without any protein (protein keeps you full and energized).
  • Dressing your salad with store bought or cafeteria dressing  – ranch, caesar, etc. (too many calories!)

These choices stem from the ‘Dieting Mindset’.

Because you really want to lose weight (and eat healthy!) you eat a small breakfast, try to make it until lunch without snacking and then have salad (you’re being so good). Unfortunately by mid-afternoon or early evening you’re STARVING and can’t help but eat everything in sight (forget about those good intentions – give me that cookie!). Tomorrow will be a fresh start, right?

Is there a better option? Yes!

  • Eat a HUGE salad for lunch with a good amount of healthy fats and protein (don’t worry, I’ve got ideas for you).
  • Make your own salad dressing so you know exactly what’s in it and you can splurge on those yummy healthy fats like avocado :).
How to make a Deliciously Hearty Salad that will fill you up for hours (plus a delish dressing to put on top).

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p.s. Want to know what’s in the salad pics?

Top – Kale, napa cabbage, cucumbers, chickpeas, green lentil sprouts, heirloom tomatoes and quinoa (very hearty!).
Bottom – Romaine lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, avocado and Thai lemon basil (not as hearty – but delicious).

Love Notes...
Adina Rose, MFT, East Bay California
Adina Rose, MFT, East Bay California
I am a busy mom of two and have been wanting to lose those extra few pounds for years now. On my own, I lacked the motivation to stick to a healthier eating plan for more than a few weeks. After completing Liz's 6-week plan I feel confident that I can maintain better eating habits as a lifestyle choice, in way that I have been wanting to for years. Not only did I loose 5 pounds in the six weeks, but I also lost 2 inches each from my hips and thighs; 1.5 inches from my waist! I learned new yummy recipes, and so much more. Thank you, Liz!  
Cora Poage, NY, NY
Cora Poage, NY, NY
Before I started working with Liz, I thought I was "healthy". Boy, was I in for a surprise.  With Liz's guidance I was able to "crowd out" most processed foods.  What a huge difference!  I eat more fruits and veggies than ever before and I notice a difference in my skin, my mood, and my body.  Liz also helped me face up to and conquer a major Diet Addiction and deal with a negative body image.  For the first time in my life, I truly love my body, AS IS! Thanks so much Liz! You truly changed my life for the better! 
Svetlana Howard
Svetlana Howard
The Slim, Fit and Sexy program with Liz gave me a huge jump on getting closer to my ideal body looks and weight. I have gain a certainty that I can get to my goal by sticking to the healthy lifestyle that I have learned on this program. I was very impressed with the group motivation, recipes, and well-structured weekly diet/tasks that was doable to follow even with my busy lifestyle. Thank you, Liz, for being such a passionate coach.
Ryck L.
Ryck L.
Plagued by stiffness, chronic joint and back pain and other concerns, I first became a client of Liz Vequist over three years ago. While I've gotten older since then, I've also gotten better. Liz offers an intense, therapeutic shiatsu which has been very effective at reducing pain and stiffness while increasing flexibility. It works! Liz Vequist is now a key partner for my personal health and well-being.
Katie Hazard, Project Manager, Burning Man, San Francisco
Katie Hazard, Project Manager, Burning Man, San Francisco
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Clara M., Madrid, Spain
Clara M., Madrid, Spain
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Nancy McLinskey, M.D.
Nancy McLinskey, M.D.
The food involved in this cleanse was so good and nourishing that after the 5 days were up, I found myself actually turned off of sugary treats and instead craving roasted root vegetables! Liz is very knowledgeable and was very supportive throughout the cleanse.
C. Coleman, Cambridge, MA
C. Coleman, Cambridge, MA

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Amy, Cape Cod, MA
Amy, Cape Cod, MA
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Loretta M., Watertown, MA
Loretta M., Watertown, MA
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Inez N., Brighton, MA
Inez N., Brighton, MA
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Michael Kirk, Producer/Director/Writer
Michael Kirk, Producer/Director/Writer

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Helaine Unger, Early Special Educator
Helaine Unger, Early Special Educator
Doing this program with Liz has changed my relationship with food. I have fewer cravings, enjoy cooking more and have more energy. I lost weight and inches and feel so much better in my clothing. I have developed new habits and feel confident that they will continue.
Jennifer Carey, Beverly, MA
Jennifer Carey, Beverly, MA
I worked with Liz for 6 months on a plan for me to have a healthy relationship with food and to make eating well and exercising an automatic habit in my life. The plan, the work and the outcome were all a success! Liz combined her knowledge of food, nutrition and holistic health with her genuine passion to help others make positive changes. This was all done in such an authentic fashion that I finished the program with the self-awareness and knowledge of food that I needed to be an intuitive eater with healthy habits. I'm cooking more, eating better and exercise is a routine that I don't think twice about incorporating.  I look and feel better.  I know that Liz's support, clear and applicable exercises and tools helped me make these changes and that these changes will be long lasting. I am and will be forever grateful to her. 

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