Posts by Anton Winkler

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Granola Croutons

This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Granola Croutons makes for the perfect healthy summer salad; or for any season really! This SUPERFOOD salad recipe is vegan with paleo friendly options. It’s a quick side dish or entree and is a great way to use seasonal strawberries and berries. Topped with granola croutons to give it a nice crunch and your choice of healthy salad dressing. Great side dish for bbq’s, pot lucks, meal prep, and more.

This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Granola Croutons

We are now in the second half of the year. Enter SALAD SEASON x 10! Right? Haha, in all seriousness, every season should be a salad season. Or some sort of  FULLY LOADED seasonal vegetable dish with all your favorite Farmer’s Market blends.  Farmer’s Market Sammy anyone?

But let’s be real here, the best part of summer and summer produce is probably the abundance of strawberries! As a child, I remember picking fresh strawberries in our garden with my dad. It was a Saturday morning ritual. I think that’s why strawberries are extra healthy, they come with memories of love and happiness. Serotonin release. Corny Cotter moment over. You’re welcome. Now let’s talk about the REAL health perks and then get to this strawberry salad recipe, mmm k?

What are the benefits of eating strawberries?

While I love all the strawberry desserts, like Gluten Free Strawberry Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites, I also love adding strawberries to salads and homemade dressings. As you saw last week with this strawberry vinaigrette recipe. Ya, the obsession is real. But also, I just I love the natural sweetness they add and the health benefits they provide.

  • Full of Vitamin C & Manganese
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Contains decent amounts of Folate (Vitamin B9) and Potassium

Talk about an anti-inflammatory summer!

What’s in a Strawberry Spinach Salad? How do you make the BEST strawberry spinach salad?

salad with vegetables and dressing

 

Oh girl (or boy), I got you covered!

Since strawberries are in season right now, I like keeping it fairly traditional by using seasonal produce in my strawberry spinach salads. But really, the possibilities are endless! Here are some of our suggestions, but I also want to know…what do YOU put in your strawberry spinach salads?

vegetables on cutting board

  • Strawberries, of course! When possible, I love using fresh garden strawberries or strawberries from the farmer’s market. If you don’t have access to local berries, be picky when shopping! Try to find the ripest strawberries that you can for this salad; it really makes a difference!
  • Spinach: rich in Iron and Vitamin K.
  • Healthy Fats: Healthy fats can really transform this salad. Try adding feta or goat cheese crumbles, sliced hard boiled egg, or for a dairy-free/vegan option, add sliced avocado.
  • Nuts and/or Granola: A good salad needs a bit of crunch so it’s not just one note! Sliced almonds, toasted pecans, naturally sweetened granola, or all of the above! We’ve added both nuts AND granola croutons (aka gluten free granola clusters) to this salad to step up its game. For nut-free option, feel free to add more granola croutons to keep that crunch alive.
  • Onion, radish, or other summer vegetable: Red onion is typically used in a strawberry spinach salad, but I prefer using shallots or radish for a more mild flavor. They definitely give your salad a little bit of pizzazz!
  • And last of all, a healthy salad dressing! See list below. And that’s what makes it THE BEST STRAWBERRY SALAD recipe. Yep, my bias opinion.

Easy (& healthy) dressings can you pair with this strawberry spinach salad!

salad with dressing being poured on top

These are some of my favorite dressings to pair with strawberry spinach salad…they really make the berries shine!

What do I serve with strawberry spinach salad?

This salad is great for summer BBQ’s and potlucks, but you are definitely not limited to just summer foods! Here are some of our favorites to pair it with:

 

 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Granola Croutons



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    10

  • Total Time:
    10

  • Yield:
    2

Description

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Granola Croutons. An easy healthy summer salad!


Ingredients

  • 45 cups spinach leafs
  • 1 cup diced or sliced radish (or other spring/summer vegetable of choice)
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 c gluten free or grain free granola bars or granola to be broken into large pieces for granola croutons. Plain, honey, or berry flavor. (See notes)
  • 1/21 avocado (sliced)
  • sprouts or microgreens
  • 1 ounce almond slivers, optional
  • Dressing of choice – example: strawberry vinaigrette, olive oil/vinegar, poppyseed, etc.

Instructions

  1. Wash and prepare your produce.
  2. Place spinach, strawberries, cut vegetables, and berries in one large bowl. Toss.
  3. Place granola bars in ziploc bag and smash into clusters. Sprinkle with sea salt. You may also use store bought or homemade granola, like my grain free granola, to make granola croutons. Simply toss with a bit of sea salt and save the bigger clusters for the “crouton” topping.
  4. Next add a few tbsp of slivered almonds on top, along with microgreens, and avocado. Top with granola croutons.
  5. Drizzle with favorite dressing. Sea salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Divide into smaller bowls to serve or serve family style.

Notes

  • You may also use you are using granola, like my grain free granola, simply toss with a bit of sea salt and save the bigger clusters for the “crouton” topping.
  • Favorite Gluten Free granola bars that I think make good toppings are caveman bars, kind granola bars, or Enjoy Life Foods new crispy granola bars.
  • Nutrition below estimated without dressing and 180 calories grain free granola or granola bar to make “croutons.”
  • Category: salad
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: salad, spinach, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian, summer salad, no bake, lunch

person holding a large salad bowl

Alright my friends! Have a great week! If you’re in Canada or USA, have a great Canada and 4th of July. I’m taking the rest of this week off, but might pop in a for a quick catch up. It’s needed, right?

Whatcha making for the 4th? Favorite Summer Salad Recipe?

Share it, for reals! Comment below.

You know I read everyone and love to engage with you all. Mwah!

Cheers,

LC

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Loaded Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Loaded Strawberry Spinach Salad is a summer favorite. Serve it as a side dish or add some protein and make it an easy lunch or dinner. 

Loaded strawberry spinach salad with lemon poppyseed dressing

Hi friends!

This Loaded Strawberry Spinach Salad has long been my favorite summer salad. I’ve been making it for at least 10 years now and it just never gets old. It’s the perfect combination of flavors and also easy to customize to fit your taste preferences. There aren’t even any specific quantities needed. You can make as much or as little as you want to feed your family or feed a crowd. I tried to give you a rough estimate for 4 servings but don’t stress over the amounts. They’re not exact.

I love this salad because it has so many flavors but you can throw it together super quickly. If you’re really in a hurry, you can leave off the roasted sweet potatoes because those are really the only thing that takes any time to make, but I’d highly suggest including them. I usually roast them a day or two before I plan to make the salad and then just toss everything together. 

Loaded Strawberry Spinach Salad

Loaded strawberry spinach salad with hard boiled eggs

This makes a great side salad to pair with your favorite dinner, but can also easily be turned into a meal of its own by adding your favorite protein. Add some grilled chicken or steak, some hard boiled eggs or even some chickpeas or lentils to keep it vegetarian.

Here’s how you make it:

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Loaded Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Loaded Strawberry Spinach Salad is a summer favorite. Serve it as a side dish or add some protein and make it an easy lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

8 cups baby spinach
2 cups strawberries, sliced
3/4 cup onion, thinly sliced
12 cups apples, chopped
23 cups roasted sweet potatoes, diced
1 large avocado, diced
1/4 cup crumbled feta, optional
juice from two lemons (approx 1/4 cup
1/4 cup oil (i use avocado)
1/4 cup  white wine vinegar
1 Tbps poppy seeds (or chia seeds)
2 tsp sugar (or to taste)
optional protein: chicken, steak, lentils, chickpeas, hard boiled eggs

Instructions

  1. Combine lemon juice, oil, vinegar, poppyseeds and sugar in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Taste and add more sugar if needed. Makes about 3/4 cup dressing.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Divide between 4 bowls.
  3. Add dressing just before serving.

Notes

Quantities are approximate and can be adjusted to make more or less servings.

Keywords: salad, spinach, strawberry, lunch, dinner

Isn’t it just beautiful?!

This Loaded Strawberry Spinach Salad is a summer favorite. Serve it as a side dish or add some protein and make it an easy lunch or dinner. 

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

PS. Want more salad recipes? Check out these Salad Recipes for Lunch or Dinner or these 7 Easy Salads for Summer.

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How We Help Our Kids Eat Healthy

how our kids eat healthy

Helping your children eat healthy has it’s challenges. However, the return you get in their well being, attention, and sleep is well worth it! We want to set our kids up for success, and the best way to do that is to help them eat healthy. Plus, I’ll also share some areas where we need to improve.

1. Offer Them Healthy Choices First

By no means are we restrictive with our children’s food choices. However, we do make it a point to offer healthy choices first.

I’m thankful my kids like to eat a variety of foods, but I do invest a good amount of time making sure they have the chance to make healthy choices.

It wasn’t until my husband and I began introducing a more holistic approach to nutrition that I really scrutinized the ingredients listed on packaged “food.” Yikes. Now, I’m so much more cognizant of what is going into their little bodies.

2. Let them help in the kitchen

I have to admit, I can do so much better in this area. Yes, it’s faster and MUCH cleaner to do it on my own, but I want them to take ownership for their healthy choices.

My kids love to select their morning and afternoon shake flavors. They prepare them on their own too: scoop, ice, water, blend, and done. Perfectly balanced macro and micronutrient meal.

They come up with some pretty delicious combos. Other times, I have to guide them a bit! And, I feel so relieved that I am filling the nutritional gaps in their diet that our whole foods are missing these days.

3. Educate them so they can understand WHY we are fueling this way.

While we let our kiddos enjoy treats occasionally–well probably more than occasionally–we also try to use words like “strong, energy, and nutritious,” not words like “bad vs. good,” or “diet.”

We remind them that the food we choose helps us feel strong, or have energy to perform well in say, gymnastics, or focus for school.

We notice a marked difference in their behavior when they get dense nutrition in their bodies and adequate sleep. They are simply happier kiddos which helps all of us!

Areas to improve

There are several areas I still need to work on. One being using food as a reward. I’m guilty of giving them a snack just to keep them busy, so I can get something accomplished.

Snacks are fine! Now, I’m making a point to offer fresh fruit, veggies, or a protein bar first before resorting alternatives.

Another area to consider, is eating meals as a family. This is really rare for us. Not to make excuses, but my husband’s job keep him on the road or working long hours a majority of the year.

The times we do get to spend together as a family, we make a point of verbalizing how happy we are to be together. Seriously, the coach-wife life makes your grateful for the smallest moments.

How do you help your kids make healthy choices? Please share!

 

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How My Why Has Changed

At the WW meeting I went to last week, we talked about the importance of why we’re doing this, and the leader shared a reason she’d heard from another member that really resonated with me. She told us that one of her members’ kids said to her, “If something were to happen to you mom, I have no pictures of the two of us to remember you by.”

Whew. That got me.

It made me think about my own baby girl and how, while I’m constantly taking pictures of her, I have very few of the two of us because I’m not loving how I look in photos lately. Even typing this right now is getting me choked up. The time is going by SO FAST and it makes me sad to think I’ve avoided taking photos of the two of us together because of my weight. If that’s not a good why, then I don’t know what is.

I shared my “Why” for losing weight back towards the end of 2017, and even though it wasn’t that long ago and some of those reasons still ring true, given all the life changes I’ve gone through recently, the reasons have overall changed quite a bit. WW tells us that when we think about our whys, it’s important to be specific and not just have “so I can get healthy” as our reason, so here we go.

1.) I want to feel good about myself so that I set a strong, healthy example for my daughter and hopefully help her avoid some of the weight-related struggles I’ve battled my whole life.

2.) I want to feel confident in pictures with my daughter so that I can look back on this time fondly and not with dread about how heavy I look.

3.) I feel like I’m giving so much of myself to my daughter with the round-the-clock nursing and care that she needs at this time in her life (and don’t get me wrong – that I love doing 98% of the time), but I want to lose weight because it means prioritizing myself sometimes, too.

4.) I want to avoid health issues related to being overweight, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease. My parents have struggled with all these things and I’m close to the age where I’ll start seeing some of the same issues if I don’t get my weight under control.

5.) My back has been iffy lately, and I know losing weight will help reduce the chances of it spiraling out of control again.

6.) Summer will be here before I know it and I want to feel good in a bathing suit so I’m not shying away from sharing the joys of summer with Riley because of my weight.

I’m excited to share that at the weigh in, I’d lost another 1.4 pounds, bringing my total loss up to 6.8 pounds so far in 2019. Keeping these reasons top of mind has really helped me stay on track, even when part of me would still rather be elbow-deep in ice cream and french fries.

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The Return Of Sunflower Butter

Remember when the blog world discovered sunflower seed butter? Nut butter fanatics everywhere went gaga. It was my favorite drizzle for over a year, and I barely ate peanut butter at all.

I think the trend went like this:

all kinds of crazy peanut butter –> almond butter –> multi butters –> sunflower butter –> –> Cookie butter –> full circle peanut butter

When Mazen started preschool, I had to pack nut free lunches for years. He ate so much sunflower butter that he stopped eating it. At the same time, I started buying the Sunbutter brand at Whole Foods so I didn’t have to make a second trip to Trader Joe’s. On my recent trip to TJs I picked up a jar of the original TJs sunflower butter and OMG I FELL IN LOVE AGAIN! It is NOT the same as Sunbutter – it’s way better! Drippier and not as earthy. SB is back.

Also on the breakfast train…

Smoothies galore. And peaches out of our ears. So summery good!

Lunches This Week

There was also a time, I think before I was even pregnant with Birch and into first trimester sickness, where I had lost my taste for salads. I totally lost my salad groove, which was sad because a salad bowl is my favorite kind of lunch.

Smoked Chicken Salad

Well that taste is back! We had really good smoked chicken that Thomas grilled on the egg on Sunday. I put that over a salad with honey almonds, TJs Unexpected Cheddar (you guys were right – it’s awesome!), and a simple homemade dressing with EVOO, dijon mustard, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper. Extra honey drizzle on top! Plus corn chips on the side.

DIY Roots Bowls

Another day Hillary + Ellen came over for a lunch date. We made DIY Roots bowls! Hillary brought BBQ roasted tofu and sweet potatoes, I made the salad base with greens, avocado, cheese, and tomatoes, and Ellen brought chips, drinks, and cookies! I think dried cranberries and honey roasted chickpeas were also involved. It was an epic salad!

Chip buffet!

Dinners

We generally have been ordering two Plenty entrees each week and having those on our busiest nights and then doing simple recipes the other nights. Life with two kids is no joke! Especially during the summertime when the neighborhood pack of boys is still running through one door and out the other at 6:00pm.

Ravioli with Peas + Leftover Smoked Chicken

Simple homemade meal. This was TJs lemon ricotta ravioli and it was AWESOME! Especially since I’ve been digging all things lemon zest this year.

Plenty Salmon Kebobs with Couscous Salad

Greek yogurt on the side!

Workout Highlights

Two treadmill runs, two soccer games! All sweat.

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Common Home Made Remedies for Pearly Penile Papules

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