Summertime Fitness and Nutrition Tips

By Dave Monahan, CSCS

Define Your Salad

Salad can be a bore. Most of us put the same ingredients and dressing on every salad we make or order in a restaurant. The result is that we ditch the salad and go back to eating fries and pizza. Take pride in your salad and make it the focal point of your meal! Here are 4 tips to keep your salads delicious and fresh:

Mix up your greens

Stop using the same old lettuce. Try spinach, arugula, spring mix, or baby kale.

Explore new veggies

Try a vegetable you have never had in a salad -- like cooked/grilled eggplant, or asparagus. This can add some new flavor and texture. Just be sure the veggies have cooled first.

Dressing on the side

Over dressing your salad can add calories and destroy the taste. Another benefit of a lightly dressed salad: leftovers won't wilt so that salad can be part of your lunch or dinner the next day.

Make it sweet

Add some fruit. Strawberries, apple, grilled peaches, or grilled pineapple make a summer salad sweet and juicy.

Here's a tasty watermelon salad perfect as a fresh side dish for any meal on a hot humid day:

 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 lime, zested and juiced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 red onion, thinly sliced

4 cups seeded watermelon chunks

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup mint, chiffonade

2 cups baby arugula

Enjoy! And please send us pictures of your favorite salad combination!