Mango Avocado En Salade

Remember me?

I know it’s been a while. So much has happened. I attended the Zumba Instructor Convention last week. It was amazing. Yesterday was also my last day as a post-doc. My new job starts in two weeks. Oh, and did I mention this week I started the DHerbs full body cleanse?

It’s the second day of the cleanse and I’m doing better than expected. For lunch today I had a mango avocado salad:

1 mango (peeled, pitted, and diced)

1 avocado (peeled, pitted, and diced)

1 TBS cilantro and sea salt

1 small red onion (diced)

Lime juice

Mix it in a bowl. #theend

I am full AND satisfied! The next time I have to figure out a way to slice the mango so that it doesn’t come out mushy. My boyfriend said to put it in the freezer first, but the last time I did that I forgot it was in there!

Maybe frozen mango chunks instead?

I (re)Discovered Peanut Sauce

One of my favorite places to eat in Lake Mary is Jimmy Hula’s. They honestly have some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever tasted. They are known for their amazing sauces as well. I usually order the Wipeout taco. It has steak, shrimp, fries, jack cheese, salsa, avocado, and baja sauce. That taco is THE BOMB people. It’s the taco on the right in this photo.

14199736I went to lunch at Jimmy Hula’s with my significant other and was honestly pretty stressed about it because I didn’t think there was anything I could eat on the menu. As you know I’m working very hard to limit my sugar intake, eat less fat, etc. I usually order a wipeout taco and a baja bowl (white rice, black beans, salsa, grilled chicken, cotija cheese, and baja sauce).

Needless to say the options above would have caused some serious inflammation, so what was I to do!? I didn’t even want to look at the salad section because, let’s be honest, I’m getting bored with salads. I did anyway and to my surprise I found something I’d NEVER considered before!

It’s called the thai salad. It was simply leafy greens, mango, carrot, avocado, and peanut sauce, and I added grilled fish. This was LITERALLY the second best salad I’ve EVER had!

Who on earth thought it was a good idea to put peanut sauce on salad? I want to thank that person SO MUCH! It was so good I asked the staff to give me two small to-go containers of the stuff.

Now, when I got home of course I had to look up the ingredients, because a sauce this good can’t possibly be good for me. Most of the recipes I found online include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ginger
  • Garlic

My love for peanut butter is real, but I’ve been battling lately because the brand I love adds white sugar. How can I make peanut sauce without the refined sugars? Do you think the recipe would work with agave nectar? Help!

I think I found something here. I’ll let you know what happens when I try it.

What the Kale!?

unnamedI have a love-hate relationship with lunch. There’s truly been no consensus on when lunch should be eaten. Is it noon? But, what if my day starts at 5am? If I eat breakfast at 6am do I really have to wait an entire 6 hours for lunch? Like most people I exercise on my lunch break, so should I eat my lunch before or after? How big should my lunch be? It’s all too much!

Don’t fret. There are no right answers to any of my questions despite what you read on the internet. Today for lunch I had a kale salad with olives, strawberries, cucumber, sun dried tomatoes and tuna. Instead of scarfing it down I ate it slowly so as to enjoy the aroma of the food (plus, I ate while I was typing this post so that helped slow me down).

Salads don’t have to be boring people. There’s more to life than iceberg lettuce. Be creative when making your salad. Throw something in there that’s out of the ordinary. I’d love to see what you come up with.