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  • Tracey Shaffer: Celebrate summer with salad

  • Looking for a quick, nutritious meal this summer that won’t break the bank?  If fast food is one of your time-saving solutions for a busy schedule, consider tossing a quick meal together – full of health benefits – starting with pre-packaged salads.

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  • Looking for a quick, nutritious meal this summer that won’t break the bank?  If fast food is one of your time-saving solutions for a busy schedule, consider tossing a quick meal together – full of health benefits – starting with pre-packaged salads.
    Bagged salad kits are a great starting point to build a complete meal in minutes. They are a time-saving convenience and include pre-washed lettuce and greens, many times with added vegetables.  By simply adding lean chopped meat, beans or nuts and additional fruits and vegetables, you have a complete, nutritious meal in less time than you may spend waiting at the drive-through.
    Pre-packaged salads offer more variety with new blends of leafy greens, such as romaine, arugula and baby spinach – making them an easy way to incorporate more vegetables to a daily diet.  They are also a smart choice for added health benefits, since dark green, leafy lettuce tends to be higher in nutrients, such as vitamins A, K and lutein.
    Try tossing these quick and easy meals together in minutes by combining the following ingredients with pre-packaged salad kits – your wallet (and waist) will thank you!
    Top 5 summer salad picks:
    Asian chicken salad
    1 bag field greens + mandarin oranges, cooked chicken, snow peas, crispy noodles, almonds and Asian sesame seed dressing
    Blackberry salad with avocado and almonds
    1 bag baby spinach + celery, almonds, blackberries, avocado, feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette
    Grilled chicken summer salad
    1 bag European blend + cooked chicken, almonds, strawberries, mandarin oranges and poppy seed dressing
    Southwest caesar salad
    1 bag Caesar salad kit + tomatoes, bell peppers, red kidney beans, cooked chicken, whole-kernel corn and red onion
    Springtime spinach salad
    1 bag baby spinach + strawberries, asparagus, red onion, blue or feta cheese, and raspberry dressing
    Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a  Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at tshaffer@hy-vee.com.
     
     
     
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