Fall Salad Recipes

healthy fall salad recipes

This week I have the pleasure of hosting Charlie, who some of you may remember from my time living abroad. A wonderful friend who I keep up with through email, text and social media, we hadn’t seen each other in a year since she lives in London. Hosting her post marathon has provided us the perfect opportunity to catch up. Tonight, around 5:30pm I realized that though I was hosting her for dinner this evening, I unfortunately had no ingredients in my fridge. Instead, when I opened the fridge looking for inspiration I had the harsh realization that I haven’t been to the grocery store this week.  Does this happen to anyone else? 

Anytime I need quick dinner inspiration, I turn to Pinterest. With a few easy search terms, which included fast, easy, healthy, fall and salad this evening, I had more than 50 different recipes at my fingertips just in time to head to the grocery store. Many of these use a few of the same ingredients, such as pecans, maple syrup, and cranberries, which means that if you buy a larger package,  you can keep the leftovers in your pantry to use for the next week’s Fall salad.

In case your meal planning needs some inspiration, here is a round-up of healthy, delicious Fall salads that are filled with flavor, nutrients and enough protein and fat to leave you satiated.

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My Favorite Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Last week during a work happy hour, a co-worker who is getting married in six weeks asked me how she can lose 10 pounds before the big day. While I am neither a dietitian nor a personal trainer, I spent the next thirty minutes sharing with her a few of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years.

Since she and the other co-workers continued to ask me questions for the duration of our happy hour, I thought it was only kind of me to share the discussion with you guys.

Over the next few weeks, I am creating posts inspired by the questions asked during the conversation. Some of them may be more basic and less relevant for readers who are already practicing a healthy, balanced lifestyle. But, for others, I hope that these tips, tricks, workouts and recipes will serve as inspiration to improve even just one aspect of your day.

As you know, my goal is to inspire each one of you to lead healthier, happier lives regardless of your stress levels, commitments or daily life demands.

Today’s focus is BREAKFAST.

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Now, I’ve never been one of those girls who can survive on water and coffee alone until taking a lunch break. While I know many people who just “aren’t breakfast people” I am not one of them. Growing up, my parents never let us leave the house without eating breakfast. Over the years this meal evolved from milk and cereal to toaster strudels and Jimmy Dean sandwiches until finally circling back to the balanced, healthy meal of oatmeal or eggs. In fact, eating a healthy breakfast makes me feel like SuperWoman the rest of the day.

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Not on team breakfast yet? Maybe these facts will convince you.

  • Breakfast eaters tend to have better diets overall, consuming more fruit, vegetables, milk, and whole grains than non-breakfast eaters. (Consumer Reports)
  • Studies show that breakfast can be important in maintaining a healthy body weight. (Johns Hopkins)
  • Breakfast needs healthy protein and fat in order to satiate you and stabilize your mood and cravings. (AnnetheRD)

A creature of habit, over the past ten years, since taking charge of my health, I rotate through the same four breakfasts depending on the season, my workout schedule or mood. Similar to my workout habits, my breakfasts have evolved for the better over the past year. I’ve spiced up each of the breakfasts to have a bit more staying power, nutritional punch and flavor by adding protein sources, fruit and spices. Gone are the packs of Quaker Oats Weight Control oatmeal, of which the banana nut flavor was a favorite during my Weight Watcher weight loss era from 2005-2007. Friends and resources like Anne have helped me understand the importance of being able to pronounce each ingredient. I don’t need to buy prepackaged oatmeal with many unknown ingredients. Instead, I can save money and eat healthier by making my own oatmeal concoction, inspired by seasonal flavors.

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Below, you’ll find a round-up of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes for each of my four breakfast rotations.

Healthy Breakfast Round-Up

Oatmeal/Quinoa/Chia

Smoothie

Eggs

Yogurt Bowl

How about you? What is your favorite breakfast? 

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The Perfect Weekend Combination

Man did we need this weekend more than we realized. There wasn’t one aspect of the weekend that made it stand out but instead, the overall combination of the 48 hours. There was a perfect mix of relaxation, fun, productivity, workouts and sleep!

After a manicure & pedicure, I headed home to spend the evening on the couch catching up on our favorite shows while sipping our way through a bottle of Italian Valpolicella wine and a lamb dish which I’ve already requested be repeated.

braised lamb

Saturday morning I headed out for a much-needed solo run. As I mentioned in last week’s training recap, my training has felt out of sorts due to illness. I needed a run to clear my mind and build some confidence. Luckily Geneva delivered sunshine, blue sky and empty running paths for Saturday morning’s run. I was feeling so strong after the run that I ended up running two more miles later in the day.

Running in Geneva

Bo and I then had some fun in the kitchen together, whipping up a new breakfast recipe, whole wheat protein pancakes. Filled with protein, these were fluffier than I expected and the perfect healthy breakfast option for weekends or weekdays. Next time I want to try adding blueberries or bananas to the batter!

Whole wheat protein pancakes

With these pancakes to serve as fuel, we turned on a fun playlist and spent the next five hours deep cleaning our apartment. We’re talking vacuuming and mopping under furniture, dusting, and organizing until dripping with sweat. Deep cleaning is hard work, but so gratifying afterward!

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Our reward for the hard work was a double date with Lauren and Ryan. Most of our friends were out of town this weekend due to the recent snowfall, so it was a pure last minute coincidence that we both found ourselves in Geneva with no plans Saturday night. Lauren and I enjoyed introducing our gentlemen to Kytaly, an Italian restaurant that recently opened in Geneva.

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Since Saturday was plenty productive, our goal for Sunday was to relax. We didn’t set an alarm, we didn’t change out of pajamas until our afternoon workout, and we didn’t leave the house all day. I finished the final 100 pages in Big Little Lies in between sips of a homemade cinnamon latte. I loved all the twists and turns in the book. We peeled ourselves off the couch later in the afternoon for two back to back DailyBurn workouts, Inferno Power and 5/10 in Nine, for a total of 45 minutes of moves that left us super sweaty and VERY sore!

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We cooked together Sunday  night, experimenting with kale and making a great dinner including this warm kale salad and roasted cauliflower. Last but not least, we ended the weekend watching Birdman on the couch. Birdman was, how do I say it, interesting and deserving of many awards but not exactly my type of movie.

Oh well. Luckily the rest of the weekend was better than those two hours. This weekend was the perfect combination of what we needed before lots of travel!

How was your weekend?

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