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Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese

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Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese

A simple salad made with ripe heirloom tomatoes, garden fresh cucumbers and creamy goat cheese is drizzled with olive oil and a plenty of fresh basil.
There is nothing better than a good book. You know the type: the one stay up way too late to read and can’t put down. The one you literally finish from front to back in a matter of days reading every single word.


Fitness Confidential is one of those books. In fact, I finished it a few weeks ago and still think about it to this day. Written by Vinnie Tortorich, an LA-based personal trainer who has worked with celebrities, stay-at-home moms, pregnant women, CEO’s and everything in between, he provides everything you look for in a fitness book: inspiration, honesty, zero bullsh*t and a hefty dose of humor.


It’s one thing to read about a beautiful Hollywood trainer who has been fit their entire life, makes tons of money, and has very few life obstacles to overcome. Diagnosed with leukemia in July 2007, Vinnie not only fought cancer and survived countless rounds of chemo but he simultaneously trained and competed in marathon cycling events. Let me be clear, we’re not talking an Irish Jig 5K or half marathon, my friends, I’m talking 12 and 24-hour cycling races. In the desert. Against wind storms and 90-degree heat.

And I got tired walking on the treadmill earlier this week…. 

As someone who has battled her own weight loss struggles, I love the underlying motivation behind Fitness Confidential. Vinnie is known as “America’s Angriest Trainer” because he feels the diet industry is capitalizing on selling Americans false hope, false promises and lies about how to get fit and lose weight. Whether it’s a fancy protein bar that you eat that makes you feel like the athlete on the wrapper or the bag of candy you ate with all of the points you saved up earlier in the week, these are just a few examples of how large companies are making money off of keeping Americans fat, sick and nearly dead. (Good movie, btw!)

Here’s the deal: this book is a light read. Vinnie is hilarious and extremely sarcastic which is why I couldn’t put the book down. The book doesn’t make you feel badly, it makes you feel empowered. If you’re looking for a motivational, inspiring and memorable read, I highly suggest you read Fitness Confidential.

Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese

Oh and this salad? It is not only a delightful way to enjoy tomato and cucumber season but it embodies Vinnie’s diet plan which includes plenty of FAT! Yes, fat! Because guess what happens when you eat a a fat free salad with fat free cheese? You are hungry 20 minutes later and your body isn’t able to fully digest the nutrients in the vegetables. Fat is your friend and that’s just one of the many reasons I loved this book.

Your fork is waiting.

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Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese

4.77 stars average
This simple salad combines the flavors of summer: ripe heirloom tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and creamy goat cheese.
PREP: 5 mins
TOTAL: 5 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 2 heirloom tomatoes (any variety – sliced)
  • 2 medium cucumbers (sliced)
  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Arrange tomato and cucumber slices on a large platter and top with goat cheese crumbles and fresh basil.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve at room temperature for maximum flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 5.7gProtein: 6.1gFat: 13.1gSaturated Fat: 5.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 108mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 3.2g

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 Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time to create this recipe and received a complimentary copy of Fitness Confidential to review. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

164 Comments

  1. I think the thing I would most be interested in is the humor. Some fitness books are boring and not motivational, and zero humor. Humor makes me want to join in the fitness because it’s fun!

  2. i find it refreshing when someone doesn’t sugar coat things for me and the honesty in this books sounds refreshing. I have struggled with my weight and tried many of the products being pushed.

  3. I’m trying to lose weight and get fit but it’s so confusing with all the hype out there. This book would be helpful to get me on the right track

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