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Chopped salads-a game changer! by Christie Hunter, RD

I do love a good salad! Most people will agree that the best salad is the one that someone else makes. I have heard it time and time again but I’m not really sure what the magic is about someone making it but it does make salad taste different. While I like the variety a salad bar offers, I prefer being about to mix all my salad fixings together and you usually can’t do that with a typical flat salad plate. In other words, I am somewhat picky about my salads.

Salads are a great lunch option. It is the perfect way to get some dark green vegetables in during the day topped with a variety of color vegetable toppers. This is a way to boost your fiber intake, antioxidants, Vitamin C and E, folic acid. The added benefit of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk for diseases, in particular cancer. Don’t forget to add a protein source like grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, beans, or egg to assist with satiety and help you feel fuller longer.

One of the recent trends that I have seen with salads is more chopped salads available at local grocery stores and restaurants. Winston-Salem even has Chopt the restaurant that features a variety of chopped salads. The more finely chopped lettuce and mixed greens make the salad taste different and less bulky in your mouth. The chopped salads also mix all the ingredients together so it allows a little bit of everything in a single bite.

Grocery stores are starting to carry a variety of chopped salad bags that include the base salad mix, some fun toppings, and a dressing. Some of my favorites are the SuperFood salad mix that contains kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, craisins, and a poppyseed dressing. Another recent one that I tried is the Sunflower Crisp, which has cabbage, Romaine, kale, carrots, edamame, sunflower seeds, toasted quinoa with a sweet onion vinaigrette. However, my newest favorite is the Mediterranean Crunch Chopped Salad. You must try this one! I found it at Costco and I absolutely love the crunch in this salad. It is a mix of escarole, endive, broccoli, cauliflower, feta, flatbread pieces and basil balsamic vinaigrette dressing. For my lunches, I add a boiled egg and some avocado and it is a very satisfying lunch!

Don’t let the end of summer be the end of your salads. Try one of the chopped salad mixes and bring some pizzazz back to your salads. It may even taste like someone else made it! What is your favorite chopped salad?

Boundaries That Promote Peace by Lisa Johnson, RD

In my last blog I shared about pursuing peace as the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, peace with yourself being high on the list of priorities. I truly believe apart from that, every other effort to be healthy is in vain. I, like many others, wrestled with eating disorders when I was young(er). Honestly, it… Continue Reading

Have You Eaten Your Broccoli Sprouts Today? by Cari Culp, RD

I am always encouraging clients to get the biggest bang for their buck nutritionally. After all, every opportunity we have to put something in our mouth is a missed opportunity to put something even healthier in our mouth. Something that fights chronic disease and promotes longevity! With unavoidable exposure to environmental toxins like air pollution… Continue Reading

Exercise-is it worth the aches and the pains? by Christie Hunter, RD

I have recently started a new exercise regimen that I love! It is an all-female group exercise class that encompasses cardio and weight resistance training. While I have always enjoyed exercise and considered myself an “active” person, I have recently questioned myself after some of these more recent exercise classes. You know that feeling when… Continue Reading

A Better Approach to Comfort Food – Getting Comfort and Quality! by Cari Culp, RD

As we whiz into fall and chillier weather approaches, most people find themselves wanting more warm, comforting foods. I especially like comfort foods when it is a little chilly and rainy outside. With all the rain we will be getting this week and most people hunkering down indoors, I thought I would share some of… Continue Reading

Are there any healthy ice cream options?

With the temperatures of summer with no end in sight, people are still enjoying ice-cold sweet treats. So why not enjoy your favorite sweet treats, but swap them for a healthier option? Some of the more popular, trendy ice cream treats include Halo Top, Bryers Delights, and Outshine bars. The Halo Top and Byers Delights… Continue Reading

Hushup and Hustle by Lisa Johnson, RD

For many this is back-to-school week. Talk about a hustle! One thing we need at times like this is a quick, healthy breakfast to start the day on a positive note. I am a fan of these new products and have enjoyed them myself on many rushed mornings. Hushup and Hustle makes Blender Bombs and… Continue Reading

10 Hacks to Overcome Common Barriers to Exercise by Cari Culp, RD

If you’re finding it extremely difficult to get into a consistent exercise routine you’re not alone. Until you get into the habit, it seems there can be a million excuses as to why you can’t exercise. Although diet is the biggest contributor to your health, exercise is extremely important as well. For most of us… Continue Reading

Beginners Guide to Enjoying Carbs by Nicole Freeman, nutrition student from UNCG

Dozens of myths exist about carbohydrates, commonly known as carbs. As an advocate for health, a common battle we have to fight are incorrect health myths! Here I will address popular carb myths. Carbs are not good for your body. This is the scariest myth I have heard because the truth is actually the exact… Continue Reading