Oil-Free Arugula salad with Mandarin oranges

A healthy easy week night dinner salad with oil-free dressing!

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This light and refreshing salad is fantastic when paired with a nice fresh piece of salmon. Most people feel the need to pair a vinegar with an oil. What’s great about this salad is that it’s able to achieve great flavor & texture through champagne vinegar with no added oil! Have you guys tried champagne vinegar yet? I am new to this phenomenon but a definite fan 🙂

To get started, you will need:

  • 1 mandarin orange

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  • 1/4th cup crushed walnutsankitha-gadag-walnuts
  • 1 cup arugula salad
  • 1/4 th cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • drizzle of champagne vinegar
  • handful of raisins
  • S & P to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve!  Easy Peezy!

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Hope you guys enjoy this delicious salad. Let me know how it tastes!

-Ankitha

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Vitamix Pear-Green Smoothie

Great for a detox after a long weekend or as a juice cleanse! This green smoothie is low sugar, low carb and great for weight loss goals!

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Green smoothies are a great tasting alternative to get in all your daily vitamins and key nutrients. If taken in the morning they provide a great source of energy and keep you feeling full longer. If you prefer to drink them in the evening they are a great way to end the day with a meal that won’t be too heavy and keep your metabolism working all night. If you live a busy lifestyle, then this recipe is perfect for you. It’s super easy to make and involves little to no prep time (AND if you own a Vitamix – you know how easy clean up is :))

Feel free to mix up this recipe to incorporate your favorite greens. Remember, keeping a variety of deep greens is key to getting all the important nutrients.  You can also switch up the fruit – fruits that I find go well with green smoothies are:  apples, limes, lemons, and pears.

You will need:

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  • 1 leaf rainbow chard (substitute with any green you like, for example: Kale)
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 pear
  • 1 small handful of parsley
  • 1/4 th large cucumber

 

Method

  1. Add all your ingredients to the blender
  2. Add about 1 cup of water and a few ice cubes

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  1. Blend and Enjoy!

 

Let me know how you like it guys!!

Super energy green smoothie

1 Green smoothie a day (probably) keeps the doctor away!
Okay, fine, maybe not… but it sure keeps the caffeine intake at bay. Green smoothies every morning give me the energy to cut down on coffee. Smoothies are not only easy to make, but you can put your Ninja or Vitamix to great use by making this healthy recipe!

 

Personally, I was never a smoothie junkie until I started working at Whole Foods. A lot of my smoothies/juices were inspired from the juice bar we had in the store. Unfortunately, a smoothie a day can really add up when you’re purchasing from the juice bar; so, I invested in the Vitamix (which I ABSOLUTELY adore, Vitamix recipes to come…). This was one of the best decisions I made this year. Not only do you have the convenience of making top-notch smoothies/juices at home at a fraction of the cost, BUT, since you’re blending vs. cold-pressing, the smoothie ends up being more nutrient dense than a cold pressed juice.
This smoothie was inspired by my lovely friend who loves incorporating greens with a variety of fruits and soymilk in her smoothies. This ends up being a healthy green smoothie that is also flavorful and creamy.
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Ingredients (for 4 servings):
  • Kiwi (2)
  • Bananas (1)
  • Spinach (2 handfuls)
  • ginger ( 1 inch)
  • parsley (small handful)
  • Silk Soymilk ( 2 cups)
Steps: 

 

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  1. Using your Ninja or Vitamix, add all of the above  ingredients
  2. Optional: Add a scoop of protein powder to make this a complete meal
  3. Enjoy!
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