Meatless Monday: Watermelon, Basil & Feta Salad

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Watermelons are synonymous with summer.

Like the first jump into a lake or pool, the fruit creates a cool, crisp and refreshing experience for the hottest of days. And since it’s made up of 92% water, that experience is a light and hydrating one, too.

These latter traits are ones ice cream just can’t match. Hence why when it comes to choosing between watermelon juice vs. sticky vanilla dripping down our hands, 9 times out of 10 you’ll find us reaching for the melon. That little bicep workout we get from doing so is just an added benefit. (The average melon is 20 pounds, 14 of those pounds being sweet, juicy deliciousness.)

Aside from the obvious benefits of keeping watermelon your summer snack of choice, below are 3 other reasons to chow down. Click here to keep reading…


Meatless Monday: Kale and Strawberry Salad Over Lemony Bulgur

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Here at LifeVest, we encourage participation in Meatless Mondays, and we’ll be fueling up your inspiration today with a seasonal, strawberry-inspired recipe.

But first, what exactly is Meatless Monday? By now, many of you may be familiar with the term, and if not, likely you can surmise its meaning from the two words that constitute it. In any case, let’s hash out the name a bit further.

Meatless Monday is a global campaign that began in 2003 in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It encourages people to refrain from eating meat one day per week, and was launched to bring awareness to the health benefits this can bring. One of the primary driving factors is lowering saturated fat intake.

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to keep your intake of saturated fats as low as possible. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this means consuming less than 10% of your daily calories as saturated fat, since diets with high levels are closely linked to chronic disease, specifically, coronary heart disease.

In the American diet, red meat is among the main sources of saturated fat in our diets, so doing without it one day per week is likely to benefit your health. If you think that sounds tough, don’t sweat it. The movement is active in 34 different countries, so there are tons of ideas out there to last for Mondays of endless years to come. Check out the official Meatless Monday pinterest for breakfast, lunch and dinner, tofu night, taco night and more.

Kale and Strawberry Salad

We also have our own fellow LifeVester, Grace, from over at FoodFitnessFreshAir serving up this recipe to get you started today. Grace says: “A little salty (thank you feta), a little sweet (cheers to local strawberry season), and a little earthy (thank you almighty kale), this salad hits every note in all the right ways. Plate it up over cooked bulgur to make it a meal, or send it off to a picnic and become the star of the party.  It won’t let you down.” 

Head on over for the recipe, and join us today for a meat-free Monday!

 


2 Salads to Lighten Up the Memorial Day Menu

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By Emma Fogt

As soon as Memorial Day passes, pools open and beach side-bathers return for another summer of fun in the sun. The anticipation of skinny clothes attracts a desire for skinny food and what better way to lighten up Memorial Day than with a few salads on the table.

These salad recipes are heavy on flavor and light on junk, so you can feel good about what’s going on your plate, and your taste buds can too. Pair them with a veggie burger or lean cut of meat from the grill. Then sit back and savor the first few (unofficial) days of summer.

Susan’s Turbulent Watermelon Salad

Jan’s Strawberry Spinach Salad

Recipes here…