May 1st

theresa albert - my friend in food


Like All The Colours Of A Royal Flush


Hey everybody it’s salad week! Yaaaayyyyy!

Whoa, wait, you probably think I am being sarcastic. Well, I’m not. I am with Heather on this that it is the best …  no I mean easiest week so far. We are salad fiends. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re perfect because sometimes our salads accompany pizza, or burgers. But we’re getting better all the time. 52 weeks remember. Rome, was not built in a day.

Before I continue, make sure you’ve read Heather’s post regarding this challenge. She was bang on and did so well and you should read this: Heathers Salad Week Post

Now, back to our life. Salads play a big part. Fortunately we love greens (and reds, oranges, yellows, blues and well, I can’t think of a colour we don’t like)

We were challenged this week by Theresa to eat one salad daily, each one containing fours colours: green, red, white, blue and yellow. Um,Theresa, that’s 5 – if you count the whites! And for each item, Theresa assigned a value. Try to make salads that add up to 100 if possible. Most of the time, we will hit 80 points or so but if you get down and dirty you can score big. We did, read on.

This ‘assignment’ posed no problem for us as we are no strangers to big salads. 1 dish meal kind of salads. They’re fun and really easy to sit on the couch and eat while reading watching tv!

Again, the common denominator in our life is consistency. Eat these healthy salads and DO NOT follow them up with treats. The secret seems to be, not to have those treats available. We have never felt like we were left unsatiated by a big salad.

Our super 1 dish meal “The Big Salad” – Can our usual salad hit the 100 point mark?

Baby Spinach 20
Steamed Asparagus – equivalent of 4 handfuls 20
1/4 cup Radichio 5
1/4 cup red peppers 5
Blueberries 10
1/2 Chicken breast 5
1/2 boiled egg 5
¼ avocado 5
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 5
2 tbsp sliced almonds 5
Black Pepper ( & cayenne pepper! ) 2
Squeezed Lemon 3
White Chia 10
Fresh Herbs (Cilantro or Basil) 2
Total 102

Wow, we did it, over 100 points. I admit, we made use of a few ingredients we’ve not used in salads before. BUT, this is not far off from the salads we have made many times as a 1 dish meal. And the kids love it too. They like the variety

We also usually slice up some onions, saute them quickly in the allotted olive oil, and then use the mixture along with the lemon to make the dressing. So tasty, and extra points for onions right? Well, we didn’t count them here but I don’t why you couldn’t. I guess it would balance out the fact we would also use some sea salt. I am hungry just sharing this with you!

Oh, Theresa sort of imposed that these salads be lunches but they make great dinners too and leave you feeling full.

This week, we stepped up a few of our salads with a few ingredients that we normally wouldn’t use, like the Chia, Beets, blueberries (or any fruits) and hemp seeds. Thanks to Theresa for enlightening us on these ‘new’ foods.

Sadly, I lost the great photo I took of the last big salad we made, I wanted instead to include the photo I took of my delicious breakfast, steak and eggs from Mill St Brewery on Sunday. We were free for the day, no kids, no plans and ended up at the Distillery District. So I treated myself but hey, I ran the Boston Marathon last week – I deserved it :)


Food for thought. Every time I type the word ‘salad’ I misspell it and have to retype it. I wonder why.

Dave & Anita

Dave & Anita

At age 43 and neither unfit, nor of perfect health, we have a lifestyle that requires constant focus. The “go, go, go” lifestyle of a being working parents gets the better of us. 5 years ago, we made major life decisions to quit smoking and get healthy, which for the most part has been successful. Anita, is an outstanding partner in our busy lifestyle and manages to be a dedicated mother. As a full time worker who travels regularly, she is no stranger to the dangers of living the life where meals are being fit into tiny windows of time each day. Together, we are making this journey even more interesting as we move through the Ace Your Health program and share how they apply it applies to our entire family. As a recreational runners, you can follow along to see how this quest of 'Ace Your Health' improves our marathon performances - click here to visit my running and fitness blog

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2 Responses

    April 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm Reply

    I want the record to show that while Dave had steak and eggs–I had a fantastic Cobb salad! Now I didn’t run the Boston marathon but even if I did, I most likely would have ordered the Cobb.

    Theresa Albert
    April 26, 2011 at 6:18 am Reply

    Boston Marathon? Holy Hannah, Dave, I am all achy just thinking about it!

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