Simple (let’s shave a few calories) Salad – by Nikki

A Simple but Colorful Salad

This past weekend, I was at Lipno Point in Czech Republic. Near Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia, Lipno is a place of nature and beauty.  It was our faculty retreat weekend and because it was a three day weekend for the Czech Holiday of St. Wenceslaus, we had two full days of relaxing in Lipno. The apartments we stayed in are situated on Lipno lake and it felt like home to be near the water and surrounded by the Autumn foliage.

View of Lipno lake from the ski slope/hiking trail…

I spent two days relaxing by catching up with teacher-friends I don’t get to see on a daily basis, getting to know new faculty, playing card games and there was a LOT of laughter (and singing) by the bonfire! I swam in the lake on Friday afternoon after a sweaty game of “beach” volleyball and rare for me- took a three hour nap! On Saturday, I spent the majority of the day kayak/canoeing with friends. We were not really sure what we were actually floating down the river in; I think they were combo-boats! At some point during the first “rapid” I hit the water with a shocking thud and floated along the river trying to avoid but slamming into a few rocks… lost my shoes but saved my paddle! It was wild, very cold, but a fun story to tell to the rest of our colleagues! But after three days of vino, pivo, pork, potatoes and plenty of bread for breakfasts I felt very FULL.

fixin for a salad

The scale wasn’t pretty this morning so in an attempt to do damage control from the weekend fun, I decided it was a week of protein/berry smoothies for breakfast, plain yogurt and fruit for a snack, soup for lunch and a BIG GREEN SALAD for dinner.

Salat mix from the Dried Fruit and Nut Vendor

Because I wasn’t able to visit my local markets this weekend, I am featuring the salat mix that I always have on hand. I buy this on a regular basis from the market and you can find this vendor at both the River Market  and at JzP market – look for the bright, orange tent! This salty mix of pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds add a complimentary texture and taste to the fresh vegetables and lettuce. The Summer sun might have vanished, the cool October air might be here for good, and our sweaters, boots and jeans might be making an appearance in our daily wardrobe, but I am still enjoying a simple, summer-ish salad!

Tasty and low calorie!

My Favorite Low Calorie Salad

by Nikki

Ingredients: half a carrot (peeled), one roma tomato, half a red or yellow bell pepper, quarter of an English cucumber, half a Granny Smith apple, half a rip avocado, one green onion, and 2-3 cups of lettuce, salat mix (seed-nut mix), olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ground pepper

1. Chop all veggies to desired thickness or size

2. Put all veggies and lettuce into a big bowl.

3. If using a seed/nut mix, add 1/4 cup then dress with oil, vinegar, ground pepper or desired dressing.

4. ENJOY!

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