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Quick Weight Loss Recipe: Easy Crumbled Feta & Baby Green Salad

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Apr 02, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

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According to Step Ahead's Nutritionist, Sari Greaves, RDN, this 5-ingredient recipe is a nutrition rock star!

Arugula pairs well with robust flavors. This peppery salad green is a staple in Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. An excellent source of vitamin K and only 5 calories per cup, arugula is often eaten raw and can add spice to sandwiches and pasta dishes. For sandwiches, choose a 100% whole grain 100- calorie pita or wrap piled high with grilled vegetables & arugula- for a protein topper, add  a small grilled chicken breast, salmon patty, or veggie burger and 1 tablespoon of hummus or greek yogurt as a creamy topping. For an Italian twist, use pasta as a "condiment" instead of a a "main entree"  by adding 1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta (100 calories)  to a vegetable salad.

Don't forget to whip out your measuring cups and spoons to keep this recipe skinny on the waistline!

10 cups pre-washed baby arugula (about 6 ounces)

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, not packed

4 clementines, peeled, segmented, and chopped

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Black pepper to taste

Makes 6 servings, 150 calories per serving.

In a large bowl, combine arugula, cheese, and clementine segments. Pour oil and lemon juice over salad; toss to blend. Season with black pepper to taste.

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