Category Archives: salad

Green Salad In Your Meal Plan: 10 Final Thoughts

Green salads contain many micronutrients. Add whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds for even more variety.

Green salads contain many micro-nutrients. Add whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds variety.

by  donR  October 6, 2015

Should you include green salads every day in your meal plan? It depends on what you and your needs for optimal body function. Dark green leafy green salads are rich in vitamins and minerals, some of which can be toxic  or interfere with medicines if you eat too much. It also depends on whether the dressing contains oil or water needed for digestion. EEEK!, it’s complicated. But, here are some general guidelines for you and your family to consider: Continue reading

Green Smoothies: The Other Salad?

by donR  September 21, 2015

Green smoothies contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Use with caution.

Green smoothies contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Use with caution.

How is a green salad like a green smoothie? Each can have the same ingredients except salad dressings are usually replaced by fruit juice, fruit or dairy for smoothies. They both are packed with micro-nutrients  which act to fight disease, aid  body processes and keep us well. Fiber,  which is needed for good intestinal health , is lower in smoothies made with juice because the fiber is removed in the process. But when whole  fruit is processed in a blender, fiber stays in the drink. But before you look for recipes read more about the pros & cons of substituting smoothies for green salad:

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Green Salads 4 Kids: 10 Tips N Tricks

by donR  September 9, 2015

Kids can make salads in containers for each day of the week.

Kids can make salads in containers for each day of the week.

Like green salads? The  USDA recommends that we eat lots of fruit and veggies, to include leafy greens.  They are great for families wanting to save money, eat healthy, and make cooking easier.

We’ve always said, “Start dinners with a glass of water, cup of home-made soup and a bowl of green salad.”  But the response from parents is mixed. they’ll say, “If leafy greens are so good for kids to eat, why is hard to get kids to like them in salad?” Or more bluntly said;  “No way!”

Perhaps it’s the texture, light flavor, or  just the thought of eating grass. But over the years we have seen changes in our four girls to the point that their families now eat leafy greens every day. Here are some tips and tricks that we used when our children were young and some new ideas. Some may work for you: Continue reading

Serve Green Salad Every Day, The EZ Way

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Some salad greens grow better in cooler weather. Find out which varieties to plant in your fall garden and how.

by donR  Sept 5. 2015

The weather in the Pacific Northwest is dipping, fruit and vegetables will soon be harvested yet the leafy green crops will hang on until the first hard frost. Fortunately, you an enjoy green salads for a couple more months if you start more growing  in your garden.  Below are 5 tips for growing greens in the Fall. It is well worth the effort because you will have “free” salad makin’s until winter sets in..  Read more about growing salad greens in the Fall and preparing them the EZ way. Continue reading

Make-It-Yourself Italian Dressing

Many fast food restaurants  and drive-ins offer salad as an alternative to high-calorie meals.  If you look at the salad greens and veggies you’ll find that they are undoubtedly a healthy choice for many people. The USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov website suggests eating more leafy greens. But what about the dressing? Does it matter which dressing you choose? It depends… Continue reading

Pressed Salad: Simple, Healthy & Tasty

Cabbage pressed with salt and vinegar saves nutrients and becomes easier to digest.

Cabbage pressed with salt and vinegar saves nutrients and becomes easier to digest.

Your family can help prepare this simple salad that is a healthy alternative to the common garden salad. Cabbage and Bok choy are the basic vegetables and to make it tasty and more digestible, it is pressed with a little added vinegar and salt. Cabbage is high on the list of the World’s healthiest foods and is easy on the pocketbook so why not try this technique to prepare it? Continue reading

Grow your own sprouts

Make your own sprouting jar.

Make your own sprouting jar.

Growing Sprouts

Norm, our neighbor, introduced us to growing sprouts for sandwiches, soups and salads. Sprouted seeds are packed full of vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body. They are easy to grow and I wish now that we had started using them years ago. Here are two ways to grow sprouts so you can have a daily supply readily available. Continue reading