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It’s Stacy — Healthy Eats: Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

March is “National Nutrition Month.” National Nutrition Month started in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, and it became a month-long observance in 1980.  This year’s theme is “Beyond the Table,” which includes getting out of your food comfort zone by trying a new food, a new recipe, and incorporating a meal from a different culture.

Every month was National Nutrition Month for my Great Grandmother, Arizona Henry. She understood the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods and daily exercise. We would walk the Jim’s Town neighborhood after dinner each evening. She did not have any fancy gadgets to track her steps, but she knew it was important for her health and ours.

In celebration, I will share my favorite salad recipe. Good nutrition is the key to a healthier future. Strawberries are a delicious addition to any healthy diet. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, folate, and potassium. They make an enjoyable low calorie, healthy snack.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

1 basket of fresh strawberries sliced

½ cup chopped pecan

¼ cup chopped red onion

10 oz. fresh spinach

¾ crumbled feta cheese

Place all salad ingredients in a bowl and then drizzle with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing until leaves are moistened.

Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes” and “Great Grandma Zona’s Wisdom & recipes: Comfort food made easy.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.