Getting our fruits and veggies is SO important for so many reasons. I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of boring piles of greens on a plate. I like really bright, unique combos — lots of crunch, a bit of acid and tons of flavor.
As a general rule, my salads pretty much always consist of at least one veggie, usually a fruit, an herb/spice, a crunchy element, and some type of oil and/or vinegar. I like to try new combos and see what I can come up with.
I’ve listed some of my all-time favorite non-traditional salad recipes that all take only about 5 minutes to make and are super fresh, healthy and tasty! (All you do is chop stuff up and mix it all together in a bowl!)
Blood Orange & Avocado Salad
- 1 avocado (sliced)
- 1 blood orange
- 1/4 cup toasted pistachios
- 1/4 cup shaved fennel bulb
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sherry vinegar
- salt and pepper
Cucumber & Feta Salad
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 4 oz. feta, crumbled
- One-half purple onion (sliced lengthwise as thinly as possible)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
- 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Roasted Pepper & Balsamic Salad
- 1.5 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 2 roasted red peppers (you can also roast fresh ones on the stove)
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1/3 cup fresh basil (julienned)
Heirloom Tomato Salad
- 2 ears sweet corn
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut in chunks
- 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
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Samantha Shorkey is, in a word, AWESOME! She is a strict vegan who won 1st place in her first ever bikini competition in Canada. She also runs a blog called The Vegan Project (theveganproject.ca) where she blogs about her competition experience, shares recipes, tells very funny stories, etc. Samantha has also released an e-book especially for aspiring vegan competitors called “Plant Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes.” It’s only $15 and worth every penny. Her recipes taste great, they’re simple and they also have really well-balanced macros ideal for a pre-comp diet. In the e-book, she also includes a sample meal plan she used about 10 weeks out during her prep for her first bikini competition.
She is awesome and is totally my new girl crush. I am really inspired by her because she seems super genuine, has a kick ass body and she is a crazy cat lady just like I am. She is doing exactly what I would love to be doing so I have even reached out to her on Facebook for advice. I just have to say she seems like one of the sweetest people ever!
Check her out on Facebook, especially if you’re a vegan looking to get into great shape! https://www.facebook.com/JackedontheBeanstalk
I recently found an awesome female fitness model who is not only vegan, but also eats a completely raw diet. How does she do it??
Erin Moubray says she follows the 80/10/10 diet which consists of 80% carbohydrates, 10% fats and 10% proteins. Hmm, that’s quite a change from the standard bodybuilder diet!
The diet requires her to eat a LOT of fruits and vegetables. For example, one this diet one can eat 4 pounds of melon for breakfast alone! I love fruit but I am not sure I could handle all that. She looks great though and it gives me hope that a non-traditional meathead diet can work for me too. She says she eats about 2000-2500 calories or more a day. That’s a lot of produce!
Here is a link to an interview she did for loving-it-raw.com: