I found out yesterday that I will be blogging about my adventures on the 2010 WVU Alumni Road Tour for the school of journalism’s website. This is very exciting, because not only will the few who read this blog get to follow along on our trips, but also get a sneak preview of what our multimedia pieces are actually going to look like. My partner Corey Preece will also be helping with the blog, but since he will be consumed with most of the editing, I agreed to take on the bulk of the updating. The blog entries will look a lot like the “Lauren O’Connor” entry I’ve posted on this blog.
Because I’ll be so consumed with my other blog most of the time, I hope to use this blog to post more diet and fitness information for the summer. However when the tour ends and the Mon County GOTR season starts back up, it will be back to news articles and GOTR updates.
So in spirit of my new adventure, I’d like to start off by talking a little bit about healthy summer eating. As all of you know, summertime is a great time to explore healthy fruit and vegetable dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the hot trends I see every summer is “fun with salads.” Now I know most of you are thinking, “Oh great. An entry dedicated to salads. How b-o-r-i-n-g.” However, I’m here to set the record straight. Salads are not boring by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, there are so many different varieties that an entire website has been designed around them.
Easysaladrecipes.com is a great site for anyone looking to spice up their healthy meal options. The site features categories like bean salads, fruit salads and even salad sandwiches. Whatever the ingredients you are craving, they have a salad for it. One of my personal favorites that isn’t on this website is the classic fruit and spinach salad that I blogged about a few months ago. I find this salad to be very summer appropriate and very easy to make. One of my newest creations is “mock-o salad”, which is essentially a meatless, healthier version of a taco salad. The following are a list of ingredients I like to use in this salad:
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- romaine or lettuce leaves
- >1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup of black beans
- 2.5 tbs of salsa
All of these ingredients taste great (to a pescatarian, anything green tastes great) and are loaded with nutrients that are good for you too. According to the website healthmad.com, black beans are high in fiber, which can help keep you full longer, high in antioxidants, and high in folate, which can protect against heart disease. What a superfood! Healthmad.com also has a list of 10 benefits of eating tomatoes. Some of the benefits include healthier vision, healthier hair and lower blood pressure benefits. These two ingredients alone make this salad a healthy choice for summer.
So everyone set a goal to make one meal a week a salad meal and see how much better and healthier you’ll feel!