Provençal Tuna and Shredded Zucchini Salad makes a wonderful, delicious, healthy lunch or dinner. Shredded zucchini subs for pasta, so this is naturally gluten-free, and tomatoes and cukes add color and substance. The dressing is zippy, so you only need a little bit. Easy assembly is a bonus!
I had a salad for lunch yesterday, and it solved all my problems. It has plenty of protein from lean tuna, a good mix of vegetables for that rainbow we’re supposed to be eating, and it calls for no cooking, so came together quickly in a bowl. All the ingredients are either in your pantry already (tuna, balsamic, Provençal herb blend, a can of sliced black olives), or the produce section at the market. You can seriously just throw this one together.
We’re on a path to eat simple but shockinglydelicious food for 2020. Are you with me?
Make it, grab a fork, and read on.
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This recipe is by nutritionist Patricia Greenberg, aka The Fitness Gourmet, who was at Melissa’s Produce to talk to a bunch of us food bloggers about her new book, “Eat Well, Live Well, Age Well.” I’m going on record that I’d like to do ALL of those things, and with her strategies and recipes, I’m continuing in a good direction.
Here are a few other recipes by her that we ate for our lunch. We were a team of happy campers! Also, notice how colorful all the recipes are.
Black Beans, Corn and Red Bell Pepper Salad
Braised Red Cabbage (she calls red cabbage a “nutritional powerhouse”)
Oat Bran Scones
So how do we eat well, live well, age well?
Patricia Greenberg has some advice. First, there is no way to stop the clock; her thoughts are not about denying aging. Her message is to decide what you’d like more of in your life (good health, feeling more energetic, more exercise…whatever you want), and think about it in “bite-sized solutions.”
“Every birthday, every new year, we list things we are going to give up. I want to get away from bad and good. If you want a cookie, eat a cookie. You don’t have to ‘cheat,’ or ‘steal’ a cookie. So I say take on what you can, and leave the rest. There are so many little things you can do, to get to the point where you feel good about aging. Life begins when you start to live it,” she advises. “Stay in today. It doesn’t matter what you did 20 years ago. It matters what you are doing now. Get annual physicals, and pay attention to the results, because tiny little things tell the story. Take care of yourself.”
To exactly that point, she recounted how she had “frozen shoulder” for 1 1/2 years, and then showed us a simple exercise we can do in the kitchen, with a dish towel, to keep limber. Stretch the towel between your hands, and swing your hands stretching the towel behind your head, which will stretch your shoulder and back muscles.
“When it comes to healthy aging, all roads lead to movement,” she writes.
If you like tuna, you’d probably like these salads too.
Tuna Pesto Pasta