How To Make A Salad New and Exciting

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I love my greens, and I know you do too. Salads are the typical go-to meal when we're focused on healthy eating. But, it's fun to switch things up from your typical Kale Ceasar or Chopped Cobb. Trying different flavors, colors and textures is key to avoiding boredom. Salads are a great type of meal to experiment. Throw things in your salad to make it new and exciting.

Deconstruct your favorite dish can help with getting creative. By turning something else into a salad you can make dish a fun way to enjoy a favorite meal. It’s especially good for sandwich combinations or other recipes where the elements of your dish are really just fillers. Here's how to perk up your salads with some different flavors and textures, without a lot of extra time in the kitchen.

How To Make A Salad New and Exciting

Get Creative With Ingredients

Think every bowl has to start with a bunch of greens? Think again. By changing the ratio of leaves to other ingredients, can make a salad bold and interesting. Try chickpeas, roasted mushrooms, jicama, quinoa, spiralized zucchini. This creates a bold color-filled bowl, heartier texture and can act as a good base.

Try this... Garbanzo Bean & Kale Salad

Rethink Your Veggie Prep

Chopping up your produce saves time when you're making your salad for later. Instead of doing standard dice, reach for a peeler or spiralize to create thin wide strips of carrots or zucchini.

Add Some Crunch

One of the fun parts about eating salad is enjoying all the different textures. It's fun to experiment with toppings like roasted nuts (almond slivers, walnuts, or anything else you like), crispy pork rinds, or even just raw jicama.

Heat it Up

By adding one or two warm elements onto a salad, this can switch up the whole salad game in interesting ways. The classic is to make the protein warm: a chicken breast hot off the grill, tossed with lettuce, onions, and toppings--Like this grilled chili lime chicken fajita salad. But you could also add all kinds of warmer mix-ins like roasted mushrooms or sweet potato.

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Pack In More Flavor

A couple of the ways they do this is by mixing fresh herbs into the lettuce base for the salad or drizzling a squeeze of lemon or lime on top. It's also nice to add a little bit of spice--depending on how much heat you can take. It could be as tame as fresh cracked pepper—or something with a little more of a kick, like Sriracha.

DYI your dressing

Surprisingly, this makes a huge difference. By making your own salad dressing, you can add different flavors and herbs to your dressing like this avocado cilantro dressing or >raspberry poppy seed dressing.

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12 Raw Food All About Chocolate Recipes + Coconut Chocolate Mint Smoothie

12 Raw Food All About Chocolate Recipes and Coconut Chocolate Mint Smoothie I love chocolate. Seriously..you don't understand my obsession. I honestly think I have an addiction. This past week, my husband Gregg and I, got a chance to take a holistic cooking class at The Healing Cuisine in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. During this class, we learned a lot about the healing properties in raw foods, while making delicious, good for you fare. One of the recipes was a Coconut Chocolate Mint Smoothie. (recipe below) Sounds sweet? It was, but it was also loaded with lots of nutrients and antioxidants. This class left me thinking about raw foods...and of course desserts. I thought I'd share with you some decadent recipes to satisfy that chocolate craving.

Check out All About Chocolate: 12 Decedant Recipes

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All About Chcolate

Raw Cacao Hazelnut Milk (Tasty Yummies) Banana Sushi (Fit Foodie Finds) Pomegranate Chocolate Bark (Rawmanda) Raw Paleo Tiramisu (Peachy Plate) Better Than a Candy Bar Smoothie (Abe's Market) Mint Avocado Ice Cream from The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook (Empowered Sustenance) Chocolate Avocado Pudding Pops (All Day I Ream About Food) Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies (The Roasted Rood) No Bake Chocolate Chia Power Balls (The Honor System) Quinoa Coconut Cacao Bar (Whole Hearted Eats) Superfood Haute Chocolate (My New Roots) Cacao Banana Recovery Smoothie (Vegan Yack Attack)

Coconut Chocolate Mint Smoothie

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What You'll Need

1 Cup of Coconut Meat 2 Medjool Dates 2-3 Cups of Coconut Water 1 tablespoon Cacao Mint leaves

What You'll Need To Know

Wash and chop your produce and put it all in the Vitamix or high-powered blender. Blend on high until it’s smooth and enjoy. Usually 30 seconds or less in a good blender will do. If you don’t have a Vitamix then try adding more liquid and less ingredients to your smoothie so you don’t get stuck with a chunky smoothie.

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12 Super Easy Smoothies & Juices That Will Change Your Life

It's been a whole week that we've been in Costa Rica. I've been enjoying all of the fresh produce, trying various restaurants and of course the various juice shacks. There has been one in particular, The Sno Shack. Every day, since we've been here, we've gotten a fresh smoothie - spinach, cucumber, basil, pineapple and ice. Who knew that 5 simple ingredients could be so refreshing and tasty? I love green juices and smoothies for all of the health benefits and nutrients that are packed into one drink. No matter who you are or what your health goals may be, you cannot go wrong when it comes to introducing smoothies or juices into your life. By drinking these potent beverages, you're literally changing your cells. You're providing your body with vital nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants in an easy-to-digest form. Everything about you will improve, including your sleep, your happiness, and the quality of your skin.

Here are 12 super easy smoothies and juices that will change your life, inside and out.

Check out 12 Super Easy Smoothies & Juices That Will Change Your Life

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Strawberry Dragon Fruit Shake (Let's Regale) Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Margarets Dish) Daily Kaleaide Ritual (Let's Regale) Banana Mango Green Smoothie Bowls with Hemp Seeds + Sprouts (With Food and Love) Berry Vanilla Smoothie with Chia Seeds (Let's Regale) Mango, Blood Orange and Banana Smoothie (What should I Eat For Breakfast Today) Clean Lean Juice (Let's Regale) Peanut Butter & Jelly Date Smoothie (Minamilist Baker) Avocado, Pineapple, and Banana Smoothie (Blogging Over Thyme) Mean Green Smothie (Half Baked Harvest) Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl (blissful basil) Blueberry Peach Kale Smoothie (Snack Rules)

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