Be ready for a scorching summer this year with plenty of ways to stay hydrated and a variety of fresh crispy salads to make instead of using the stove or oven too much.
This summer is a great time to get into the habit of eating a rainbow of produce every day. Salads are a great way to include more colorful fruits and vegetables into your daily routines. Be sure to get about 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Some people who have chronic illness or precoursers to illness prefer to try to get ten servings per day.
A serving is more than a bite. It's typically a half of a cup, to a cup of the fruit or vegetable. You can learn more about serving sizes on the FDA's page on serving sizes or talk to a Nutritionist for help. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the less room there is for junk food, oils, saturated fats, and processed sugar.
If eating more colorful produce each day sounds like a good plan for you, I encourage you to put this Sunshine Salad into your menu planning this summer.
🥗 Sunshine Salad 🥗
Oranges help to brighten up this tasty veggie salad. It is quick and easy to make. Top it off with your favorite vinaigrette.
Makes 5 servings.
5 cups spinach leaves (packed, washed, and dried well) 1/2 red onion (sliced thin) 1/2 red pepper (sliced) 1 cucumber (whole, sliced) 2 orange (peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces) 1/3 cup vinaigrette dressing ("lite", around 15 calories per tablespoon or less)
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss again. Serve immediately.
Let me know in the comments if you tried this recipe or have any tips for eating a rainbow of produce all summer long! I'd love to hear from you!
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