Colorful Dinner Salad

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I’m starting to feel the side effects from the Whole30 challenge, and they aren’t starting off as pleasant like I hoped!

I found this timeline on the Whole30 website yesterday, and it’s making me question my decision to complete the Whole30. It seems like each week has challenges, and I’m doing my best to stay strong.

Right now, I’m transitioning to the “Kill All the Things” phase, ha! I had a headache the past two days. So far, this timeline seems accurate. I’ve been drinking as much water as possible to try to alleviate the headaches; I’m up to 1.5 gallons!

I’m really hoping to notice some physical changes by the time my 30 days are up!

Colorful Dinner Salad

Last night, I made this colorful salad for dinner, complete with homemade salad dressing. After you make this dressing, you will wonder why you don’t always make your dressing. (I know I wondered that.) Making your own is so easy and tasty!

Healthy Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 3 sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup watermelon
  • 1 grilled chicken breast
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil

To make the dressing:

  • Combine equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a shaker.
    *I didn’t measure this part, so just go by the taste test!
  • Shake well.

Directions:

  1. Place 2 cups of spinach in bowl and top with all of the ingredients except the vinegar and oil.
  2. Drizzle homemade salad dressing on top.
  3. Enjoy!

Try it out, and let me know what you think!

How to Choose a Mango

Another ingredient I wanted to add to my salad was mango. When I went to the store, I quickly picked one, and off I went.

As I started to cut them, I realized two things:

1. It wasn’t ripe.
2. I don’t know how to cut a mango.

Had I done a quick Google search while at the store, I’m sure I could have easily figured this out.

Apparently, mangos are like avocados. If a mango is soft, it is ripe and ready to eat! I still haven’t figured out how to easily cut them. That will be on my next attempt.

Question of the Day

  • What are your favorite salad toppings?

I tend to prefer salads with at least one fruit topping. I love goat cheese salads with strawberries!

  • What is the hardest food for you to cut?

Spaghetti squash! I am terrified of knives, so I really fear for my fingers when it comes to spaghetti squash.

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Links I’m Loving

Happy Wednesday, friends! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Shout out to my friend Amy! Happy 23rd Birthday!!!

I felt a little sluggish this morning when my alarm clock went off, but I’m finally waking up!

My morning started off with three eggs and a cup of pumpkin spice coffee. I’m addicted! On the way to work, I continued my breakfast with a sliced honeycrisp apple and almond butter. I ran out of Justin’s almond butter today, so I need to pick some up ASAP! I’m not exactly sure if it is Whole 30 approved, but I’m just going with it. Don’t rain on my parade if it’s not!

Today I decided to share a few of the links I’m loving right now. Let me know what you think!

Whole30 Approved Foods:

Skillet sweet potato, sausage and sweet potato hash from So Good Paleo

Zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato basil sauce from Running to the Kitchen (omitting a few ingredients, like cheese!)

The Paleo kitchen pumpkin waffles from PaleOMG. I know in the Whole30, you aren’t supposed to re-create foods. But, this is something completely different, right! What’s a waffle? 😉

Workouts:

One of my best friends sent me these swimming workouts that I’m excited to try out! I’ll be modifying them to my skill level.

I’ve done this ab workout twice now and love that the last move makes me shake. Core workouts not involving planks are quickly becoming my go-to.

Doing this barre-inspired arm workout really makes my arms feel the burn! I complete it two or three times.

Blogs:

Peanut Butter Fingers: Peanut Butter Fingers has been my favorite blog for years now. Julie posts quick recipes, fun workouts and adorable pictures of her Vizsla!

Treble in the Kitchen: Tara recently moved to Colorado, so I’m having fun living vicariously through her and her new Colorado adventures! Plus, she used to live in Indy!

Katie’s Fit Script: I’ve been following Katie on Instagram for about a year and love that she finally has a blog! I am enjoying reading her views on different exercise and nutrition topics. She clearly has a very kind heart!

Gold-Hatted Lover: Mary-Katherine posts outfits for all occasions as well as other things like travelling. I really like her sense of style and get a lot of outfit inspiration from her!

Questions of the Day

  • What are your favorite links this week?
  • Are there any workout videos, recipes or blogs I should check out?