404 Springtime Salad & Fruit Spritzer will help you slim down for summer.

Springtime Salad & Fruit Spritzer will help you slim down for summer.

Spring has sprung! Are you ready for entertaining and for that warm weather wear? Here are two healthy items to help you get ready for outdoor fun without giving up the great flavors.

 

Spring Detox Salad – Serves 4

Ingredients:

· 1 bunch kale (red or green)

· 1 whole beet; peeled and sliced into thin slivers

· 2 whole carrots; peeled and thinly grated

· Juice of ½ grapefruit

· ½ lemon’s juice

· 1″ cube of fresh ginger; finely diced

· Pinch of turmeric, sea salt, and black pepper

· Red, green, and yellow bell peppers; diced into cubes

· ¼ cup Brazil Nuts (optional)

· ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

· ¼ cup olive oil

Directions:
Squeeze grapefruit’s juice into a medium sized bowl and whisk together with the ginger and turmeric. Combine with the carrots and beets and set aside to allow for marinating. In a another bowl, separate the kale from its spine and gently massage with lemon juice and 2 TBLS. of olive oil for about 5 minutes or until the leaves are notably more tender and smaller in size. Take the carrots and beets out of the grapefruit juice marinade and toss with kale. Add bell peppers. To make the dressing, add about ¼ cup olive oil to grapefruit marinade and whisk well; add a pinch of sea salt and pepper and continue to whisk until well combined (traditional vinegar to oil proportions are about 1 part oil:3 parts vinegar; adjust oil and salt/pepper additions to your liking). Pour dressing over the kale salad and gently combine until all ingredients are well coated. Toss in the Brazil nut slivers and pumpkin seeds, and serve immediately or keep refrigerated for later use. Enjoy as a healthy snack, side dish, or add some protein (chicken, salmon, hard boiled eggs, etc.) as a main entrée.

 

Spring Detox Spritzer – Serves 2

Ingredients:
· 12 ounces plain seltzer

· 20 frozen blueberries

· 10 mandarin orange slices

· Lemon and/or lime pieces, cut small

· 2 lemon wedges

· 8-10 drops of Stevia “Sweet Drops” (natural sweetener)

Directions:
Place fruit at bottom of a glass. Pour seltzer water over fruit mixture and squeeze lemon wedge into glass. Drop 4-5 Sweet Drops into the glass and stir gently. Garnish with lemon wedge and enjoy!

About Ana Elisabeth

I am a Registered Dietitian/Certified Nutritionist. A few of areas of health I address with my clients include Diabetes and weight management, sports nutrition, and holistic detoxification. [Full Bio]