Monday, December 8, 2014

Simple Avocado Dressing to Eat More Raw Veggies

Eating healthy foods does not have to be complicated. In fact, some of my favorite recipes have very few, simple ingredients.

I have been trying to eat more salads and raw vegetables lately as raw vegetables always make it easier for me to maintain my weight or lose a few pounds. And they are of course good for you. I have always liked salads and raw veggies but have been even more aware of the benefits of eating lots of raw veggies every day since doing my first Conscious Cleanse two years ago. One of my favorite salad dressings is a very simple avocado dressing.

Simple Avocado Dressing 

Ingredients 
  • 1/2 small, ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (I buy a brand without added sugar) 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • salt & pepper to taste 
Instructions 
  1. Smash the avocado with a fork until smooth. 
  2. Add the rice vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix well.
This dressing is good with many different types of lettuce, and I have enjoyed it with arugula, mixed greens, Romaine lettuce, and more. The dressing also works well as a dip for raw veggies.

Life has been very busy, and I have felt overwhelmed on more than one occasion. I haven’t made time to exercise as much as I normally do, and that doesn’t help as it is my stress relief. So I scheduled my workouts for this week (2 yoga classes, 2 barre classes and daily long walks), and I am determined to stick to my schedule! One thing that always makes me feel better is time spent with my boys, and we had a great time on Thanksgiving and took some family pictures.

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Questions: Are you eating enough salads and raw vegetables? Do you find it harder to eat raw vegetables and salads in the winter? I always find it more challenging to eat raw vegetables and salads in the winter, and it doesn’t even get really cold here… But after a few weeks of not eating enough raw veggies and salads, I always crave them. I think a tasty salad dressing makes eating raw veggies much more enticing… Are you taking care of yourself this holiday season? 

Be well,
Andrea

22 comments:

  1. The recipe looks great. I often sauté my veggies lightly with coconut oil and use sea salt or garlic sea salt. When I eat raw veggies, I always use either avocado,avocado oil or olive oil ( with or without balsamic vinegar.

    I'll have to try your recipe ( subbing with apple cider or a small amt of white balsamic

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    1. Sauteing in coconut oil and adding sea salt is delicious! And, yes, subbing another vinegar will make the recipe paleo-friendly... :)

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  2. The dressing sounds delicious! I like raw veggies and salads year round. Cute family photos.

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  3. Hi Andrea! Will save that recipe! I find it harder and harder to find quality avocados, even in Southern California. They LOOK and FEEL right, but open them up, and huge black spots. I tend to buy my guac pre-made at Whole Foods now. It's a treat, because it's not cheap, but cheaper than buying 4 avocados in hopes of 1 or 2 being good enough to eat.

    I'm not in the mood for salads as much in the winter as in the warmer months. So I rely more heavily on grilled or steamed veggies. Love them warmed in the winter.

    Great family photos! :)

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    1. I've been lucky with avocados lately (knock on wood!). It's so frustrating when you spend lots of money on avocados and they are brown inside...

      I definitely eat more warmer foods in winter but still try to eat some raw foods every day.

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  4. Your avocado dressing sounds very tasty...yes, I can definitely tell you that I do not eat salad as much as I do during warmer season...I try to eat raw vegetables in my smoothie...
    Great family pictures Andrea...have a great week ahead :)

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    1. Yes, smoothies are a great way to get raw veggies!

      Have a great week, too!

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  5. Great photo's of your family.

    I don't eat much raw veggies in Winter, I have to say I don't want to either. I do buy a salad for lunch often but at dinner we eat warm vegetables.

    The past years we don't eat as much anymore during the holidays as we used too which is a good thing. I used to buy way too much food. As for the exercise, I am having a hard time coming out of bed and take my daily walks in the dark. So I am giving myself a break with that. Next week I have a 2 week vacation and will be able to walk/run in daylight, look forward to it.

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    1. I think a salad for lunch is great!

      I always admire you that you brave the cold and darkness at all!!! Enjoy your two weeks off!

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  6. I am just not a salad person & yes, I prefer the steamed veggies so need to make more of an effort!

    Beautiful pics!

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    1. Thanks, Jody!

      Steamed and roasted veggies are so convenient because I make them ahead of time. But raw veggies have some many, different benefits...

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  7. Your boys are getting so big!! After I get rid of all the food in my fridge, I think I'll go back to making stirfry for dinner - its an awesome way to get a ton of veggies in.

    Hugs Andrea!

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    1. I know. The "baby" is in 1st grade, and the other one graduated from college and has a "real" job!

      Thinking of you every day, Biz! I'm glad you are writing about your loss. Hopefully it helps you just a little work through all of it...

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  8. I love salads and raw vegetables! I pretty much eat salad for lunch every day. Yes, every day. I belong to a local organic CSA that runs 44 weeks a year. Last week was actually the last week until early-to-mid January. And we got 3 heads of lettuce.

    If I don't get much lettuce, I'll make a salad with kale, or I'll buy lettuce,or I'll make a cucumber/tomato salad, or beet/carrot salad - depends on what we get. The hot summers are when we don't get that much lettuce.

    Exercise is so important to me. I make an effort to get to the gym 2x a week (sometimes 3) in the mornings before the boys wake up. On the other days, I like to do a DVD at home (30 min), but haven't done that in awhile - sleeping in I guess. If the boys wake up the little one (2) won't let me work out.

    Instead, I've been doing some mini-challenges that are very short. November was burpees - started at 5 and finished the month at 100 per day. For December, I decided to keep up the burpees at 50 a day and have joined a group that is doing pushups, planks, squats, and crunches. The good thing is that the total time needed is 5-15 minutes, and I can squeeze them in here and there.

    I also take a 30 min walk on my lunch break daily.

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    1. That's awesome! We used to belong to a CSA, but the lettuce in the box didn't work out very well as it wilted very quickly. Our delivery day was Fridays, and I think often it got old by the end of the week when it was our delivery day...

      Great job on the workouts! I love the idea of doing mini challenges! I'll have to do that!

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  9. I rock the raw ONLY MAINLY because they are so so really really easy :-)

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  10. I have salads and raw veggies all the time. In the winter, if the house is warm enough, it's no problem :-) If not, I have something warm with a salad.

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    1. Good for you! And, yes, just some nice bone broth with the salad is great when it's cold out!

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  11. I eat a ton of veggies (cooked and raw). Even in the winter! Love salads.

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