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RED WHITE and BLUEberry Salad!

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This patriotic masterpiece is by far one of my 4th of July favorites.
Grab your American flags, this colorful fruit salad, and a fork; and come celebrate how great America is (the healthy way!)

Ingredients:
Crunchy wontons
Manderine oranges
Strawberries
AVOCADOS!!
Candied Walnuts
Blueberries
Mixed spring salad
Spinach
Cranberry Walnut Vinegarette Dressing

Bring this salad to ANY 4th of July party, and you will absolutely be the favorite of the day!

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AVOCADO CRISIS ON ISLE 2!!!!

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I’m grocery shopping right now, and when I reached the avocado section my heart almost fell out of my chest!!
These were all the avocados left in the whole store… I blinked my eyes (hoping when I opened them back up that bin would be full) but unfortunately it didn’t.
All that was left is 10 lame hard avocados. Sad day!
Ok ok ok, my avocado obsession may be out of control, but I refuse to give up this easily.

Off to another store on an avocado hunt 🙂

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Packing in the protein- healthy eating-out tip!

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Needless to say, I may be a slight Avocado addict. There’s about 4 grams of protein in each Avocado, so I like to get as much in there as I can without it spilling out my nose of course haha (Omgosh EW I don’t know why I just said that, I totally just got a gross visual of myself eating this sandwich with Avocado coming out my nose… EW!)

Anyway, adding vegetables to your meals when you’re eating out is a great way to sneak in some extra protein. I’ve added in a lot if extra Avocado to my grilled cheese, had it made on wheat bread instead of white (which also has more protein) and substituted a salad for the side of fries.

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Added side salad (instead of fries)

Vegetarians need to pack in the protein where ever they can, whenever they can!

Try it out- next time you go to a restaurant, add ONE vegetable to your meal. Whether it’s extra tomatoes on your salad, a side of asparagus to your main course or Avocados to your grilled cheese, just start with one.

Every vegetable you add to your diet, gets you one step closer to that fabulous healthy lifestyle you’ve been working so had for.

You can do it!

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How much protein should you be eating every day?

I worked at Warp Tour in San Diego yesterday (the big music concert) and I was so excited when I found a vegetarian/vegan booth!

I’m pretty sure I spent at least 30 mins talking to the booth owners about some new fabulous vegetarian recipes. What I can I say, I love every minute of being a life-long vegetarian! Anyway, in the midst of our savory conversation, we stumbled upon the subject of daily protein intake.

Then the question arose: How much protein should I be eating every day?

The vegetarian/vegan booth owner Megan, jumped at the chance to hand me this awesome sheet about our daily protein needs. Check it out! Vegetarians, Vegans AND meat-eaters should get familiar with how much protein their bodies need.

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To calculate your daily protein needs in grams, use this equation above that I highlighted in pink above!

Body weight x 0.36

Here’s mine-
100 x. 036= 36 grams of protein

Now let’s break this down even more; what does 36 grams of protein look like in food form?

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As you can see,  Seitan (not sure what this is, but I’m going to Google it) has the highest protein value of the group, followed by tofu.  Unfortunately, my avocado obsession didn’t make the list. A medium avocado only has 4 grams of protein. That means I’d have to eat 9 avocados to get my daily protein need fulfilled. Ok ok ok… I may be an avocado fanatic, however I’m sure that obsession would end pretty quick with 9 avocados a day!

Take a minute to figure out your own daily protein needs. Test out those dusty math skills from high-school, that you never thought you’d use again. Don’t worry, I made sure to leave out the dreaded “F” word out of this equation (NO FRACTIONS ALLOWED ON THIS HEALTH BLOG!)

Put 2 tbsp of peanut butter on a piece of wheat toast tomorrow morning, and begin your day with a healthy protein smile 🙂

 

P.S on a side note, one of my best friends Sarai (who is also a vegetarian, yay) and I had a BLAST in the photo booth that was in our tent!

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