High on my running mental list of must-try restaurants sits A.O.C., Suzanne Goin's oft-praised wine and small-plates spot. Until I score a reservation, I'll sate my appetite for her elegant fare by cooking my way through The A.O.C. Cookbook, out today. Flipping through the glossy pages, it was hard to pick a place to start, but it's safe to say I chose wisely with her meat-heavy salad of speck — a smoky cured meat — apples, and arugula. Rather than a green salad garnished with speck, this appetizer is more speck garnished with arugula, straddling the line between salad and charcuterie plate (it is, in fact, from the charcuterie section of the book), making it a great option for satisfying your inner carnivore. Hungry? Try the recipe for yourself.
Jay Z, Beyoncé, Emma Stone, and Blake Lively are among the many celebrities who have dined at Crown restaurant in New York City. The man behind the hot spot is chef John DeLucie, who visited POPSUGAR Live! to share the recipe for a simple, seasonal salad with artichokes as the main ingredient. Watch the segment, and then get the recipe.
You sit down to a huge salad complete with mesclun greens and an array of veggies such as carrot shreds, cucumbers, diced red peppers, and cherry tomatoes — you even add chickpeas and sunflower seeds for protein. The fiber is supposed to fill you up and the protein sustains your energy, but an hour or so later, you feel famished.
If your salad is leaving you hungry, then add some extra fiber and protein by scooping a cup of cooked whole grains on top. Quinoa, barley, millet, buckwheat, or rice will beef up the calorie amount by about 200 calories, but you'll also be getting three to eight grams each of extra fiber and protein. Cook your whole grains in veggie broth for extra flavor, and add beans or chopped veggies while cooking for interesting texture and added nutrition.
Check out the chart below to see how these whole grains compare.
|Grain (1 cup cooked)||Calories||Carbs (g)||Fiber (g)||Protein (g)|
|Long Grain Brown Rice||216||44.8||3.5||5|
The long wait is over — thank goodness! — and berries and stone fruit are returning to supermarket shelves (at absurdly low prices to boot). A textured Winter fruit salad has kept me going the past few months, but now I'm putting that recipe aside for this Spring- and Summer-forward fruit salad featuring all-new produce.
It's impossible to pinpoint what I love most about this combination of flavors. Sure, any old day you can combine a bunch of berries in a bowl, but here, mint, nutty Marcona almonds, and lemon zest and juice transform this into a fruit salad worthy of serving on a special occasion. The addition of sugar enhances the flavors in the fruit as well as releases more juices so the whole salad is marinated in a berry syrup.
You hit the local salad bar for lunch and are feeling pretty good about your healthy choice. The only problem is, those do-it-yourself meals don't allow you to know how many calories you're consuming. Lettuce (ha!) build a salad together to find out.
A common suggestion to lose weight is to eat salads for meals. While the fresh veggies are healthy and delicious, the tasty toppings of cheese and nuts can really add up — your simple salad could end up containing half a day's worth of calories!
Check out the list of popular salad toppings below, and be extra aware that the more toppings you add, the more calories are going into your body. Salads definitely make excellent meals, but hopefully this nutritional breakdown will help keep your bowl healthy.
|Topping||Calories||Total Fat (g)||Sat Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)||Carbs (g)||Fiber (g)||Protein (g)|
|1/8 cup sliced almonds||80||7||0.5||0||3||1.5||3|
|2 tbsp. bacon bits||50||2||0||220||4||2||6|
|1 oz. blue cheese||97||8||5.3||381||1.8||0.4||6.2|
|3 oz. grilled chicken strips||100||1.5||0.5||390||3||0||19|
Keep reading to see the nutritional info for other salad toppings.
A salad has got to be the world's perfect meal since it's low in calories, extremely filling because of all the fiber, and so nutritious because of the variety of veggies. Since there are endless ingredients you can add to change up the flavor, you can have a different salad every day of the week and your taste buds will never get bored. Here are some ingredients to make this healthy meal even better.
- They offer a load of flavor: Don't judge a book by it's cover. Microgreens may be harvested when they're just about two inches high, but they pack an impressive punch of flavor. While there are quite a few varieties available, I'm partial to micro arugula and mustard greens.
- They've got some serious vitamin power: Like alfalfa sprouts, microgreens have high levels of nutrients, namely vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. And if you chow down on microgreens that have a little red pigment, then you'll be getting a serving of the immune-boosting antioxidant lycopene!
- You can grow them at home: If you're interested in digging into the dirt and getting a green thumb for the first time, then microgreens are a great place to start. They're easy to grow and don't take up much space; you can grow them on any windowsill with ample light!
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