Avocado Hearts of Palm Salad & WIAW #90

I have a great recipe to share with you guys today!

avocado and hearts of palm salad

But first, What I Ate Wednesday.

(Have no idea what WIAW is all about? This post breaks it down!)

 

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

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Breakfast came later than normal, so I reached for an effortless bowl of cereal topped in all the berries. Literally… all of them.

cascadian farms cinnamon crunch cereal with berries

Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Crunch Cereal, blueberries and raspberries

That bowl did a great job powering me through the morning. By 11:30, I was rushing around to get out the door and over to the gym before an afternoon of training appointments.

I had about two minutes to figure something out for lunch, so I turned to an old favorite…

amy's medium chili with crackers

Amy’s Kitchen Organic medium chili (to-go) with saltine crackers

… and filled my water bottle up with coconut water for extra hydration points.

coconut water pulp free

Against my better judgement, I quickly ate (read: inhaled) the entire bowl of chili before I pulled into the gym parking lot five minutes later. Whoops.

I spent the next three hours training clients, and was pleasantly surprised that the chili kept me full and content the whole time! Gotta love it.

I had a break around 3 p.m. and broke out a few snacks to tie me over until dinner while I worked on the computer.

turkey jerky sweet teriyaki

Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky

I actually prefer the original flavor, but they were all out when I went to re-stock over the weekend. It was still delicious. Another hour passed by, and more snacks followed.

chobani green tea greek yogurt and pear

Pear and Chobani Blended Green Tea Greek yogurt

Oh my gosh, that yogurt is good. If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to!

I had two more sessions at the gym, then Scott picked me up around 8:30 p.m. I asked him to be in charge of dinner since I knew I would be hangry when I got home. That I was.

I came in to an awesome spread! Scott was still finishing up dinner, so I hopped in the shower and came down to a beautiful sight about fifteen minutes later.

chicken dinner with beans and healthy avocado salad

Chicken with a side of baked beans, french bread, and avocado hearts of palm salad

I was thoroughly impressed!

Everything was wonderful, but I could have easily eaten three more bowls of that salad.

I shared a little sneak peek of it yesterday, so I am delivering the recipe today, as promised.

avocado hearts of palm salad

 It was so good!

 

Ingredients

3 avocados, cut in half, de-pitted, cut into chunks

1 (14 oz. can) hearts of palm, drained

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup organic corn, cooked and sliced off the cob (about 2 cobs)

1 Tbsp. red onion, chopped

3 Tbsp. cilantro (or to taste), chopped

3 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds (to sprinkle on top)

 

Dressing:

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice

1/4 tsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. oregano to taste

salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions

1. Whisk dressing together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

2. Combine all salad ingredients (besides pumpkin seeds) in a medium sized mixing bowl.

3. Pour dressing onto salad and gently toss when ready to be served. Keep refrigerated.

4. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and enjoy!

Avocado and hearts of palm healthy salad recipe

This salad can be served as a bigger portion for a main entrée (try adding shrimp!), or can be plated smaller on the side of dinner. I can’t wait to make it again!

Full and satisfied, I grabbed a small handful of leftover candy from the movies for dessert and headed upstairs to call it a night.

junior mints

Junior Mints = pure happiness

It was a great little Tuesday!

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Please note: What I Ate Wednesday features an entire day of my unfiltered eats. In no way do I change what I eat just for the sake of documenting it. While I try to be mindful with portions, I don’t count calories. I do, however, take into account how much activity I am going to be doing that day, and I plan my meals and snacks accordingly.

 

Question of the Morning

• Do you share cooking duties with a spouse, family member, roommate or friend?

I am usually in charge of getting dinner together since Scott’s schedule is usually more demanding than mine. It’s a shame, though, because he is an excellent cook! Now that the NBA season is over (for us), it’s been nice having Scott home in the evenings to help out with meals and new dishes. He has a knack for recipe creation and spice combinations!

 

All right. I better go, but I’ll see you back here in just a bit with a fun post on getting ready for professional dancer/cheerleader auditions!

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