Friday, October 23, 2015

Fit Friday - Harvest Veggie Salad Recipe and Working Out When Sick

Hello all! We have made it through another week. For Fit Friday this week Ruthie (Cooking with Ruthie) is here with another great recipe, this week it is a yummy salad. And I must say, it looks delicious!

Harvest Vegetable Salad is packed with all kinds of healthy raw vegetables- fresh zucchini, corn, cabbage, peppers, baby tomatoes, spinach, leafy greens, and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds to top it off! Harvest Vegetable Salad on is packed with all kinds of healthy vegetables!

 I loved this salad so much- I made it last weekend for a family event but I wanted to hurry and share it with you, that way you can make one too before all the farmers markets and vegetable stands are gone for the season! I love my neighbors- Margot is so kind to share some of her garden bounty with me, the adorable baby yellow tomatoes and the zucchini that you see in my salad are from her. The rest of my veggies I grabbed at a fruit/vegetable stand and then tossed in some salad greens and cabbage! It's seriously delicious. I like to eat salads with olive oil but some people really love a lot of dressing so use whatever suites your fancy for dressing it up. Harvest Vegetable Salad on is packed with all kinds of healthy vegetables!

Have you tried eating raw corn off the cob and garden fresh zucchini? I love them better raw than cooked, actually. My little dog lila loves raw corn too- really! Hahaha. When she hears me husking some corn she comes running and waits at my feet for some kernels to fall. She cracks me up!
  Harvest Vegetable Salad on is packed with all kinds of healthy vegetables!

Harvest Vegetable Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
  • 6 cups spinach and mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup baby yellow tomatoes
  • 1 cup raw zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup raw corn, cut off the cob (approx 2 ears of corn)
  • 1 cup mini multi colored peppers
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • dressing of choice
  1. In a large serving bowl combine all ingredients- I prefer dividing in half and making two layers.
  2. Serve with dressing of choice.
  3. Enjoy!
  Harvest Vegetable Salad on is packed with all kinds of healthy vegetables!

Eating healthy foods like that will definitely help us stay healthy this winter. But for those that have that dreaded morning when we wake up trying to decide if it is actually a good idea to go work out I have decided to focus my Friday Fit Tips on working out when sick.

Our house got hit this week with the dreaded strep throat....ugh! Before I met my husband and his beautiful two daughters I made is about 15 years without getting the flu, strep throat, pretty much avoided getting sick at all. Within the first year of our dating I got both the flu and strep throat and in the last 5 years I have succeeded in getting strep throat three other times. So as soon as the doctor uttered those horrible words "Yep, she has strep throat" I immediately start to dread the next week.

I also know that once it hits my house it is hitting all of my clients houses as well. I start seeing smaller classes and getting dreaded cancellations. I also get a lot of phone calls asking if it is ok to come in or not. We all ask, we all hope, we all question, we don't all follow the guidelines. I have found that often the guidelines aren't followed simply because they aren't know. So today I am going to give tips to help you decide if it is ok to hit the gym or the road or not when you aren't feeling 100%.

1) First and foremost; if you have a fever DO NOT workout. You do not want to raise your internal temperature when it is already raised.

2) Second; this is one for respiratory illnesses and is called the neck check. Above the neck, you are good to go (sore throat, nasal congestion, etc). Below the neck, exchange the running shoes for slippers (tight chest, body aches, etc.)  

3) Thirdly; listen to your body. If after 10-15 minutes you are feeling worse, STOP. 

Three easy, simple, straight forward guidelines. Don't look for the grey in these tips, just follow them. If you are sick, accept it and allow your body to get better.

Happy Fit Friday! Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie


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