As you know, I've been trying to incorporate changes into my diet and life to have a healthier me in 2016.
Making healthier choices. Incorporating more whole foods. More fruits and veggies.
I know it's only the first week, but so far so good.
Friday has always been my weigh in day. And woo hoo!! I am down 4.8 lbs! I have no doubt much of that is water weight....but either way my eyeballs were super happy to see that number on the scale this morning!
Great motivation to keep going!
Last night I made a lovely winter salad that I thought I'd share with you today. This would be a great salad for a nice winter lunch. We had it as a starter before our main meal, which was Deconstructed Lasagna - one of my favorites!
I based this salad on some of the veggies I bought when I was prepping for my no-spend month (which I'll post my progress on weekly, beginning on Monday!)
I have never purchased Endive or Radicchio before, but they looked so lovely sitting in the produce section I just had to give them a try.
When I got them home I honestly didn't know what I would do with them! But I knew I'd come up with something.
And I did. Something lovely!
I started by cutting the ends off the Endive and the Radicchio. I pulled all the leaves off the Endive and cut it into strips.
The Radicchio I chopped into rough strips as well. It's so beautiful with all that glorious color!
Next came a small red onion, peeled, cut in half, and then into thin slices.
A red pear, just ripe enough and super juicy and sweet, also cut into strips.
Red grapes were cut in half and tossed into the mix.
Just look at all that good stuff in there!
I tossed in a handful of shelled pistachios for crunch and protein.
Next came some good Gorgonzola. Because lets face it, there's no way I'm giving up cheese entirely. And Gorgonzola and fruit is the most amazing combination!
A drizzle of olive oil, some balsamic vinegar - I used Blackberry Ginger Balsamic from the Saratoga Olive Oil Company - it's so amazing!
Some freshly ground pepper and sea salt and you're all done.
The sweetness of the fruit balances out the bitterness of the Radicchio. The Endive has a great fresh crunch. And the onions gave just enough bite. Add the crunch of the pistachios and the creamy tart Gorgonzola and this was a match made in heaven!
The salad as a starter meant I only took half as much pasta as I would have without that fiber filling my belly.
My body thanks me for this wonderful goodness I nourished it with.