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Salads for Post Natal Weight Loss

Salads for Post Natal Weight Loss

Eating raw vegetables by themselves can get boring. To spruce things up and still maintain your healthy, post natal diet, try one of these simple, delicious recipes.

Spinach Surprise Salad

1 – 12 ounce package fresh spinach, rinsed and torn into bite size pieces

¼ cup red onion (chopped)

½ cup almonds (slivered)

1 cup fresh strawberries (sliced)

1 bottle red wine vinaigrette dressing

Rinse and dry off spinach, remove any large stems. Add other ingredients and toss with a light coating of red wine vinaigrette dressing to taste. Serve immediately

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 T red wine vinegar

¼ cup basil (chopped)

2 T green onion (chopped)

2 T fresh grated Parmesan

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

12 oz whole grain Rotel pasta (cooked and drained)

1 each small red, green and yellow bell peppers (cut into strips)

1 medium tomato (cut into wedges)

¼ cup pitted black olives

8 ounces feta cheese

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

Combine oil, vinegar, 2 tablespoons basil, green onion, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in blender or food processor until smooth. In a large bowl, add pasta, bell pepper strips, tomato wedges and olives. Pour dressing over top and toss until well mixed. Toss cheese in remaining basil and add to salad. Sprinkle oregano over top of salad and serve at room temperature.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

2 – 15 ounce cans black beans (rinsed and drained)

1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels

1 avocado (diced)

1 red bell pepper (chopped)

2 tomatoes (chopped)

6 green onions (sliced thin)

½ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)

In a small bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper to make the dressing. In a large bowl, add  remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over top of vegetables and toss to coat well.

About Lora Mercado

Lora C Mercado is a freelance writer and author of numerous cookbooks and books on other topics such as grief healing and poetry.

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