Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blue Cheese Wedge

I would talk to Aunt Paula on the phone weekly. She made me laugh, listened to me when I needed her to, and I so looked forward to and enjoyed our talks.  I’ll never forget that awful night, exactly three months to the day when I lost my father-in-law to a massive heart attack, when my grandmother screamed up to my apartment…“Oh My God, Paula is gone!” What could have happened?  I had just spoken to her a couple of days before. She wasn’t sick, but  the scary truth is that my Aunt Paula had died of a massive heart attack. We had no warning, no indication that she had heart disease. 

I am 49. The same age as my aunt when she died. I’m trying to eat healthier, get regular check-ups and lose some weight.  I have never been a big salad fan but since I’ve adopted this healthier way of eating I’m trying to add salads to at least one meal a day. My favorite way to eat my salad is a blue cheese wedge. You can make it healthier by substituting low-fat blue cheese dressing (on the side) and turkey bacon for the real high-fat stuff. Also, another I found I eat less dressing is to dip my fork in the dressing first then put the salad on your fork. 

Here’s to you Aunt Paula.  I miss our talks. —Lisa

You'll need:
¼ of a head of iceberg lettuce
Low-fat blue cheese dressing – on the side
Turkey bacon, two strips, crispy and crumbled
Diced tomatoes
Shredded carrots

Make sure the lettuce is very cold and fresh.
Place everything on the plate as shown and remember, dip your fork in the dressing first—you’ll eat less of it and save those calories!

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