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Current Obsession: Spinach and Arugula Salad

 

I went to see my dietitian a couple of weeks ago, after some of my blood tests revealed that I’m pre-diabetic. It was the same old story: eat more veggies, eat good meats, cut white carbs and sugar. However, she did make one good suggestion that was worth the trip when she said, “If you feel like you don’t like healthy foods, get rid of your idea of healthy foods and find a new one. There’s so much healthy food out there, you’re bound to find something you really love.”

Done and done.

I’ve always thought that I didn’t like salad, but when I “threw out” my idea of what a salad had to look like, I found out that I’m quite the salad eater. It turns out that I don’t like lettuce, but I love salads that have spinach, arugula, or other dark leaves with flavor. I also love salads that feature protein and strong cheeses, so I’ve been adding things like beans and feta to my salads instead of croutons and ranch dressing. Result: I’ve eaten a salad every day for the last two weeks. I’ve lost a bit of weight, but I’m more enthusiastic about potentially stabilizing my insulin a little. I won’t go back to re-test until July, but things are looking up!

To celebrate, I thought I’d introduce you to my current favorite salad:

 

 

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Eggs and Blue Cheese

  • Washed spinach leaves
  • Washed arugula leaves
  • Two boiled eggs
  • Crumbled blue cheese (you really don’t need much here)

 

Combine and enjoy, that’s all there is to it! The eggs and blue cheese add enough texture and flavor to this salad to make dressing unnecessary.

I will let you in on a little secret, though. I used to hate boiling eggs because getting the pot out and watching the eggs to make sure they didn’t boil too long just seemed like a big pain. (Have I mentioned that I’m really lazy?) However, I’ve discovered an insanely easy way to boil eggs. Put two eggs into an electric tea pot and fill until there’s about an inch of water above the eggs. Turn the tea pot on and let the water boil. If you’re lucky, you have a tea pot that turns off automatically like ours does. Otherwise, stop the kettle once the water is boiling. Leave the eggs in there for about ten minutes, run cold water through the kettle until the eggs are cool enough to touch, peel, and enjoy!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Hope

    Good one Carly! Here's another you could try that's a fave around here because I made it up and it ended up tasting good lol

    Washed spinach leaves
    Washed raw broccoli "trees"
    Washed raw cauliflower "trees"
    Washed and diced Granny Smith Apple
    Diced Celery (to taste or not at all)
    Red Bell Pepper (if desired)
    Handful of raisins
    Pinch of Pepper
    2 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil to 1part Red Wine Vinegar as the "dressing"

    Toss everything together and enjoy!:D

    June 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Princess Christy

    I'm so glad that you are finding a way to eat healthier!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Jones Family

    Yum. I'm totally trying this.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:17 am
  • Reply J Darling/Humenay

    Way to go!

    There are so many great tasting foods that are good for you out there. And ya know what? The rich leafy greens are BETTER for you than the iceberg and the romaine and all that. 😉 Great choices!

    June 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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