Often I find myself struggling to find time to eat. Life can be busy. As the days seem to blur by and hunger strikes, it is quite easy to run to the kitchen and just grab the first thing out of the pantry. Usually junk food. As much as I try to remain accountable and maintain a kind, healthy and nutritious diet – it is not always easy to stay on the bandwagon.

I can admit that as of late I am guilty of grabbing junk food when hunger strikes, and I’m in my tired state of mind (bare in mind that I have a one month old… sleep what is that again?!). I find myself drawing a blank when it comes to finding quick, easy and wholesome meals to whip up. Never knowing what to eat or not just feeling up to eating anything in particular. This is definitely a bad habit that I am working on nipping in the bud.

Briana Santoro, Certified Nutritionist and author of Get Naked in the Kitchen, recently shared one of her favourite recipes from Get Naked in the Kitchen with me.  

54. Spinach, Strawberry, and Candied Pecan Salad

By: Briana Santoro


  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ large Haas avocado, pit and skin removed and sliced
  • 3 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 pinches Celtic sea salt and pepper


  1. In a salad bowl put spinach, strawberries, avocado, and goat cheese.
  2. Put pecans in a frying pan and toast them on medium heat, stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Add 1 tbsp maple syrup and stir until pecans are coated. Remove from heat and spread the pecans out evenly in the frying pan. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes and then add to salad. Note: If you let the pecans cool for longer they may stick to the pan. If you make them ahead of time, transfer them to a glass container after 5 minutes of cooling and store in the fridge.
  3. In a small bowl or jar mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp maple syrup, salt, and pepper until well combined. Add the dressing to the salad, toss, and enjoy!

Serves 2

Anyone who thinks salads are boring or not full of flavor must not have tried this one! This salad tastes so incredible you will feel like you should be eating it for dessert! Whenever I make this salad I make it nice and big. I often wonder if I’ve made too much. However, to this day there has never been any salad leftover. It always goes, leaves people licking their lips and wishing they could turn back time so they can experience those delicious tastes one more time!

Nutritional Benefits:
If there were a competition for the world’s healthiest foods – spinach would be a nominee. It is loaded in vitamins (like vitamin K), minerals (like magnesium), and phytonutrients (like beta-carotene). Most people are deficient in magnesium these days, so consuming spinach and other leafy greens will help to boost our magnesium levels and help avoid deficiency.

Get Naked In The Kitchen - Cover

Get Naked in the Kitchen is all about using whole, natural foods that have not been dressed up in confusing labels, misleading marketing messages, artificial ingredients, or scientific manipulation. More recently, this cookbook has been my saving grace! It has inspired me to stay on track through my food journey, and provided me many ideas on how to sneak in a quick healthy meal during the day. Whether that meal be breakfast, a snack, juice or a smoothie. The cookbook is a one-stop shop for nutritious and straight forward meal ideas.

If you are looking to create a body that is healthy, full of energy, youthful and vibrant, you will want to pick up a copy of Get Naked in the Kitchen. This book will help you undress nutrition, and provides you tips for eating your way to a healthier you. So will you join me in undressing in the kitchen? I assure you that undressing nutrition and eating naked in the kitchen is not only sexy, but also a delicious, simple and fun lifestyle to lead! You only live once, right!?!

4 Comments on Get Naked in the Kitchen with a Spinach, Strawberry & Candied Pecan Salad

  1. Camesha
    April 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Hmmm… this book seems like it’ s packed with all kinds of healthy yummy-ness.

  2. Emily Smith // The Best of this Life
    May 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    You know what, I’ve made this salad a ton of times but I’ve never added avocado! It’s always been strawberries/pecans..but yum, avocado would be delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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