Monday, May 7, 2012

Strawberry Season: Healthy recipes for when you're on the go!

There is nothing like the smell of
fresh strawberries.  Namaste :-)  
Strawberries are in season here in Upstate, SC. Local farmer's like Beechwood Farms, out of Marietta have fresh strawberries by the gallon displayed at roadside stands, in church parking lots, and at farmer's markets daily.  Buying fresh, local, seasonal foods ensures that you get the most healthy nutrients, reduce your environmental impact, save a few dollars, and support your local farmers.  Each dollar we spend is a vote - support what you believe in!

Enjoy the recipes below as afternoon snacks or small meals.  They travel well and incorporate a healthy source of fat, are moderate to low in carbohydrates, and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  To have an optimal nutrient balance, pair the salads with hand-pulled pasture-raised chicken, pasture-raised hardboiled egg, or our grass-fed Ginger Beef Jerky.

"It's easy to make a healthy choice - when you have healthy food on hand." 

Strawberry, Cucumber, and Apple Salad
1/2 medium cucumber, unpeeled and chopped
4-6 strawberries, thinly sliced
1/2 apple, unpeeled and chopped
1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon, hand squeezed
10 almonds, pre- soaked in water for 2 or more hours

Mix all ingredients together, cover and chill until serving.

Available for purchase daily at the Upstate
Farmer's Market on Rutherford Rd. in Greenville, SC.
Strawberry, Orange, and Kale Salad
4-6 Strawberries, finely sliced
1/2 orange, segmented and chopped
2 kale leaves, de-stemmed and finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon parsley
10 almonds, pre-soaked in water for 2 or more hours

Mix all ingredients together, cover and chill until serving. 

Berry Spinach Salad with Toasted Cashews
This salad has a full macronutrient balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrate.  Enjoy :-) 
4-6 strawberries, thinly sliced
1/4 c. blueberries
1 hardboiled egg, diced
3/4 c. spinach, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh mint, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
10 whole raw cashews, toasted

Mix all ingredients together, cover and chill until serving.  

You may have noticed that parsley appears in all of the recipes.  Parsley is an under-appreciated health food.  It's affordable, packs a vibrant citrus punch of flavor, and is available year round.  Eat parsley everyday to enjoy the vast array of health benefits provided.  My personal favorite random benefit of eating parsley is fresh breath!  

***All recipes and photos property of Keri Rogers, Registered Yoga Teacher and Nutritionist.  

Keri is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Culinary Nutritionist, and Wellness Coach.  She owns and operates BAYA Wellness, LLC offering Yoga and Nutrition Services.  Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area offering on-going classes and special events.  Her path as a nutritionist is all about making healthy living approachable... she teaches the components of healthy cooking, eating, and thinking while also offering specialized services like menu planning.  Healthy living is about the whole pictures of wellness... find your path to living well.

BAYA... Be As You Are! or 864-430-1275

1 comment:

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