Recipe of the Week: Black Olive & Tuna Salad
This recipe is from Karri, one of our Go Figure staff members. Try replacing the mayo with olive oil to get your healthy fats!
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 6oz can Albacore Tuna, drained
1 can pitted ripe olives, chopped
6 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup mayo
2 tbsp. dill relish
4 med tomatoes
Salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients except tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, cover and chill for 30 minutes. Remove tomato seeds, slice and stir into salad.
Note: the photo includes a few elements not included in the recipe. Feel free to add salad or greens.
Keeping up with Resolutions
Now that we are mostly through January, how are those resolutions treating you?
Remember, even if you’ve gotten off track, each week you have the opportunity to make a new resolution; even each day! Be kind to yourself and remind yourself that change is challenging, but not impossible. It takes time to create new habits, right around 4 weeks to be exact, so remember that when you start to get down on yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?
Here are some helpful tips to help you create healthy habits and to KEEP them has time goes by:
1. Be nice to yourself
Quiet the inner critic that says, “you’ve tried everything….” and “your’re not doing this well enough, fast enough or perfect enough.” We are so hard on ourselves; how would you treat a friend who was trying to make positive life changes? Remember to love yourself!
2. Set realistic goals
Set yourself up to succeed by setting small tangible goals. It is important to realize that we can’t fix everything in one day. Make a habit of creating both short and long-term goals for yourself This helps make long-term change realistic by breaking it down into small actions each day, week or month.
3. Find non-food related rewards
Did you lose 10 pounds? Make an appointment for a massage, facial, or some other spa-like reward. Save money by using the Aesthetic Medicine incentives offered by Go Figure, ask your consultant for details.
4. Enlist Family and Friends
Let your loved ones in on your goals if they will be a positive support; the added help is nice when you are feeling discouraged or deprived.
5.Eat meals at Home
It’s a lot easier to make healthy choices, be less tempted, and know how your food is prepared when you eat at home. Plus, you can save yourself some money, too!
Recipe of the Week: Balsamic Dip for Protein and Veggies
This easy to prepare dip that doesn’t require any cooking was created by chef and Go Figure co-owner, David, and served at our recent Open House. When you’re looking for something simple to add flavor and healthy fats to your meal, here’s the ticket.
½ cup balsamic vinegar (Alessi brand is particularly flavorful and sold at most grocery stores nationwide)
¼ cup olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic
½ tsp. xanthan gum (thickener)
½ tsp. agave
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup water
Blend all ingredients in blender and you have a nice dip for cooked or raw veggies. It can also be drizzled on meat, seafood, or salads. This recipe will make enough for several servings, and leftovers can be stored in a jar in fridge for later use.
Copyright David MacDonald, 2013