December 28, 2011

Eat. Live. Be. Reboot. (Recipe: Wheatberry Salad with Cranberries)

Nothing like getting past one holiday feast only to look forward to another weekend of indulging, right?  New Year's is coming and it's likely to be brought in with lots of food to nibble on... and we'll, be enjoying some football food come Sunday night.

This week, we are sharing something from television, and I imagine we'll all interpret that in different ways... that's what I like about how we are doing it this time.  I may look at the topics as they rotate and find something different each time that speaks to me.   Cate, Sarah and Joanne may interpret each topic in a completely different way... which, will often make me look at something in a whole new light. 

I don't watch a ton of television these days.  I was lucky enough to receive a new Kindle Touch, so I am much more into reading right now.  But this morning, I was able to sleep in a bit since I have some time off from work to be with My Boys while they are on break from school... so, I watched a bit of television.  I enjoy watching the Today Show and today was a segment about People Magazine's feature sharing weight-loss stories. 

I find these stories to be so inspiring because they had so much more to lose than I do, and they didn't let that stop them.  Once they hit their "moment of truth", they had the motivation and focus to make the weight-loss a reality. 

Inspired by what I saw in each of the people featured today, I decided to make a wheatberry salad.  Wheatberries are a grain (not actually a fruit!) and full of good stuff for you... and what's more, they are pretty tasty and filling.
Wheatberry-Salad-with-cranberries-and-almonds



This salad has been on my mind for quite some time.  It's something I can buy at my grocery store, but making it at home is so much simpler than waiting in line at the deli counter.  So, today I pulled out the package of wheatberries and read the instructions on how to cook them. 

The key components to making this super tasty and healthy is adding the dried cranberries and slivered almonds.  Just a touch of sweetness and extra crunch take simple wheatberries a notch higher than they were before you started.

One last word on motivation... I love this one! (found it on Pinterest via Kristi).  Using this as my mantra, I am scheduling my workouts for the coming week and will work on making them a habit! 



Wheatberry Salad with Cranberries
Source: PatsyK original

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup wheatberries
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Directions
  1. Add water and wheatberries to a small pan and bring to a boil.  Then, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15-18 minutes.  Allow to cool.
  2. Once cool, add the remaining ingredients and stir to completely combine them.  Serve either chilled or at room temperature.


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2 comments:

Joanne said...

I love watching those weight loss success stories! they're always SO uplifting.

I'm a sucker for wheatberries...and I'll definitely be making this salad!

Annakate said...

Oh yum this looks good! I'm a big fan of Israeli Cous Cous salads with dried fruits and nuts, but I'm always looking for a bit more whole grain in my life -- wheat berries it is. Thanks for the reminder!

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