Prosciutto, Cantaloupe & Cashew Salad

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! :razz:

I walked in the door to the sweetest sight tonight. A fire, flowers, wine, Reese’s Egg(s), and Ben, my dear sweet Ben, preparing dinner for the two of us. Swoon!

I’ve been sent to the living room to relax by the fire while he finishes up, so I thought I’d share a light lunch I’ve been obsessing over recently in the meantime.

Cantaloupe, Prosciutto & Cashews

This combo is SO freaking unbelievable and best of all it takes, like, 4 seconds to put together after you’ve scooped out the cantaloupe.

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I got the idea from Mowielicious who combined cantaloupe, avocado, cashews and parsley for the most gorgeous and refreshing looking salad I think I’ve ever seen. Not having an innate love of whole parsley leaves and, well, forgetting to put avocado in the first time, I came up with this combo instead.

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The salty, whisper-thin slices of prosciutto melt with the juicy cantaloupe, while cashews provide a unique crunch and buttery finish. I ate it 3 times for lunch last week. Obsessed much?!

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If I didn’t have Ben, it would for sure be my Valentine. ;)

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That, or the cutest penguin nephew in the entire world. I can’t even handle this! :D

In other news…

$500 Nourish What Counts Donation + Giveaway

Did you know more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, yet less than 10% perceive it as their greatest health threat? (Sorry for the terrible segue!)

As a woman with naturally high levels of bad cholesterol, (thanks, genetics) which increases the risk of heart disease, this fact really hits home for me.

To celebrate healthy hearts and American Heart Month, Quaker Oats has teamed up with the American Heart Association to encourage women to “Nourish What Counts” by taking just 5 minutes to do something good for their hearts.

To help spread the message, Quaker will donate $500 to my local American Heart Association chapter, $250 on behalf of me and $250 on behalf of you, dear IGE readers, if we can generate 100 comments on this post with how we’ll take 5 minutes to Nourish What Counts.

Need some ideas? Take 5 minutes to…

  1. Replace some of the refined grains you eat, like white bread and rice, with whole grains.
  2. Talk to your kids about healthy eating and exercise habits.
  3. Tack an 5 additional minutes onto your normal workout.
  4. Add a fresh fruit or serving of vegetables to your dinner plate.
  5. Learn how to create a healthier heart by reading articles like 8 Steps to a Healthy Heart.

I’m going to Nourish What Counts by parking further away at the grocery store, mall, etc. for the additional heart-pumping exercise. :) Visit Quaker.com/NourishWhatCounts for some more ideas!

As an additional incentive to leave a comment, Quaker will give away a box of their newest heart-healthy cereal Whole Hearts to 5 commenters. Please take a few minutes to tell me how you’re going to Nourish What Counts, so we can secure this $500 donation! The deadline for leaving a comment to enter to win a box of Whole Hearts is Wednesday, February 15 at 5pm.

Thank you all, and here’s to healthy hearts (which we can use to love even harder on Valentine’s Day!) ;) Have a LOVEly night!

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Comments

  1. I’m totally having oats tomorrow in honor of this. I want to do a few things in the next few years – I want to be inspiring others to be and eat healthier AND eat less sugar in general. It’s just too easy for me to pop candy in my mouth when I don’t need it. The real stuff is better and mighty tasty anyway – fruit, smoothies, tea, etc.

  2. Marisa 02.14.2012

    i plan to put more veggies in my diet!

  3. Summer 02.14.2012

    + five mins at the end of a workout? GAME.ON.

  4. Mae 02.15.2012

    I’m going to walk / run 500 miles this year.

  5. Sarah H.P. 02.15.2012

    My hubby and I are going to hike as many trails as we can find as soon as the weather warms up a bit!

  6. Megan S. 02.15.2012

    I’ll be adding in more fruits and vegetables!

  7. northwoods mom 02.15.2012

    Starting this week, using the crock pot to start oatmeal at night so it is ready for the family first thing in the morning!

  8. Megan W 02.15.2012

    We are cooking more meals at home and adding more fruits and vegetables to the menu. Once it warms up a little, my husband and I will resume our tennis matches.

  9. Heather 02.15.2012

    I plan on getting back on the oatmeal bandwagon, starting tomorrow!! Yay for heart healthy oats!

  10. Ashley Sherman 02.15.2012

    increase cardio in my workouts!

  11. Nancy Brown 02.15.2012

    I am making 2012 a healthier year by trying to eat less processed food and sugar and exercising more. I love my oatmeal with blueberries and peanut butter!!

  12. paula sadler 02.15.2012

    I”m replacing my afternoon snack with a piece of fruit. Oh and serving the kids oatmeal once a week (atleast)

  13. Stephanie 02.15.2012

    I have been trying much harder this year to serve myself and my family more fruits and veggies at meals. So far so good:)

  14. Bridget 02.15.2012

    I’m going to start my trying out your new salad that looks wonderful! But I am also going to take the stairs every chance I get (the stairs at work are closed right now for “cleaning”…takes 3 months to clean the stairs?) so I have to walk even further to get to the other stairs now! And we have switched out our cherrios for the multi grain cherrios and I am going to try and switch to multi grain pastas only!

  15. Ann R 02.15.2012

    Taking lots of long walks with my husband this summer!

  16. Jill 02.15.2012

    I’m going to go to water aerobics and enjoy some time with some gal pals.

  17. Cassie 02.15.2012

    I’m going to work out more, and fix healthier meals for myself and my family!

  18. Erin M. 02.15.2012

    i’m trying to get more variety from my vegetables

  19. Ashley 02.15.2012

    As a 21 year old who had open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve, The American Heart Association is an organization that I find very important. What a wonderful gift Quaker is willing to provide!
    I will rev up my heart health and Nourish what Counts by adding more fruits and veggies to my plate.

  20. Jackie 02.15.2012

    I’m terrible at remembering to add fruits or veggies with every meal. My goal is to actually DO IT!

  21. Anne Weber-Falk 02.15.2012

    I plan to move my body more and be more conscience of eating more good vegetables.

  22. Caitlin 02.15.2012

    I’m going to stay on board with my winter workout plans no matter how dreary it gets! It’s easy to run when it’s beautiful out- it takes major effort to get out there in the cold.

  23. Eva @ Eva Bakes 02.15.2012

    I plan to eat more fruits.

  24. Ashley 02.15.2012

    Awesome Innitiave Quaker Oats! I plan to cut our unhealthy fats and up the fruit and veggie intake!

  25. Becca 02.15.2012

    To nourish what counts, we are trying to increase the amount of vegetables we eat and stay away from refined sugar! Thanks for all the great posts. . . Love IGE!

  26. Theresa 02.15.2012

    Yay Quaker! I see you every day on my commute to Mercy Cedar Rapids!

    I plan to continue to make fun, healthy dishes to keep my family excited about healthy food!

  27. Morgan 02.15.2012

    I like the idea of adding 5 minutes to your normal work out, so do-able!

  28. Rachel 02.15.2012

    I plan to take 5 minutes every morning and take the stairs at work.

  29. Amy Tolbert 02.15.2012

    more fruits & veggies :)

  30. Melissa 02.15.2012

    I plan to add 5 extra minutes to my exercises and also to park at the end of the parking lot to help add a few more steps into my days! Great thing to have a post about! :)

  31. Elyse 02.15.2012

    I’m going to add more heart healhty vegetables to my diet such as asparagus, bell peppers, bok choy, and garlic! I’m also going to try to squeeze in at least 20 minutes of cardio everyday.

  32. Deanna 02.15.2012

    Always taking the stairs at work!

  33. Meredith 02.15.2012

    Cut out sweets from my diet.

  34. Sarah 02.15.2012

    I was working out about 4 times a week for an average of 30 minutes. I have been working out 5 times a week for an average of 45 minutes since January 1st!!! I’m going to add on another day of cardio :)

  35. I want to cut down on refined sugar.

  36. Angie 02.15.2012

    I am going to continue pushing myself at the gym, 5 minutes at a higher speed, or 5 minutes longer on the treadmill. Plus, 5 minutes of meditation to help myself relive the day’s stress.

  37. Amy 02.15.2012

    Spend time with my daughter by taking and daily walk or bike ride.

  38. Andree P 02.15.2012

    I am going to have salad as a side instead of refined grains :)

  39. MOM 02.15.2012

    I’m going to take 5 minutes to read nutrition labels and make sure I’m getting the best product for heart health!

  40. Megan Kelly 02.15.2012

    Going to be adding 5 extra minutes into my workout routine. Trying to watch what I eat more and adding more fruits and veggies!
    P.S. Reese’s Eggs are my all time FAVORITE!!!!

  41. Tiffany 02.15.2012

    I plan to park further away as well and add an after work workout 2-3 times per week (I already workout on my lunch break m-f)

  42. Susan McConkey 02.15.2012

    I will learn the signs of a heart attack in women.

  43. Stephanie 02.15.2012

    I’m going to make time for more fruits and veggies. I love them, but I never take time to prep them, so when I’m rushing to get ready for work in the morning I usually just grab whatever’s quickest (even though it isn’t usually the healthiest choice.)

    Also I plan to start going to bed earlier, so I can start doing morning workouts… It’s so hard to motivate myself to do anything after a long day at work…

  44. SarahT 02.15.2012

    This month, even with the snow, I started to park further away at my office parking lot.

  45. Kristin 02.15.2012

    What a great donation! I already added in more oatmeal for breakfast in the past month. Going to add more fruits and veggies to meals and more whole grains to my kid’s meals.

  46. Chelsey T. 02.15.2012

    add 5 minutes to the end of my treadmill run!

  47. ashley 02.15.2012

    I’m going to start doing cardio during every workout

  48. Analecia Harms 02.15.2012

    I have recently been diagnosed with a heart disease and being only 24 it has been very scary. I have completely changed my eating habits by eating more salmon, fruits and vegetables. The heart is very important and I encourage everyone to take care of themselves by staying active and eating healthy.

  49. Debbie 02.15.2012

    Adding 5 more minutes for my heart! Thanks Quaker for supporting women’s health!

  50. Becky 02.15.2012

    My husband and I are adding extra fruits and veggies to our meals and are cutting back on red meats. We are also exercising more throughout the week.

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