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Molly Sims Offers Style, Party Tips at Wendy’s Salad Debut

Molly Sims Offers Style, Party Tips at Wendy’s Salad Debut

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Molly Sims and Polyvore have teamed up to give Wendy's new salads a fashionable debut.

Wendy’s has teamed up with American model and actress Molly Sims and Polyvore to introduce two new dishes for its premium salad line. The BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad features fire-roasted corn, tomatoes, and applewood-smoked bacon, topped with barbecue-ranch dressing. The Asian Cashew Chicken salad features fire-roasted edamame, red peppers, and spicy cashews, topped with a spicy chili vinaigrette.

To introduce Wendy’s newest menu items, Molly Sims partnered with Polyvore to create styleboards inspired by the flavors and colors of the salads. If you're interested, you can put together your own Wendy's-inspired styleboard for a chance to win $1000.

“I love how Wendy’s is rolling out their new salads like a fashion line and can’t wait to see how fashion lovers like me are inspired by them,” said Sims, who was on hand to display her own Wendy’s-inspired styleboard.

The busy and bicoastal Sims also offered some advice on how to host and plan big gatherings without too much stress.

“Come up with a theme first, and then prepare little bits in advance,” Sims suggested. “Two weeks out, I think about whether we’ll do an e-vite or invite. Are we going to have balloons or do any DIY projects? Will we have a dessert buffet or will it be a plated setting? It really depends on the event, but I think people like going to events that are fun and not too stuffy.”

Despite her efforts to eat well and keep in tip-top model shape, Sims hasn't lost an appreciation for junk food.

“I love M&Ms and pizza, and I love biscuits with butter and jelly,” she admitted. “I’m from the South, so it’s in my blood.”

Lastly, Molly offered the exercise philosophy that works best for her:

“Don’t do the same thing every day, and don’t over-exercise because you’ll over-eat.”

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.

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Need ideas for what to serve with lasagna? While lasagna is usually loaded with comforting ingredients such as cheese, meat, and sometimes veggies, it's nice to round out the dinner plates with a simple side or offer an appetizer before the pasta entrée to make it more of a complete meal. Browse our best ideas for yummy side dishes to pair with lasagna, from salads to soups to bread.

Molly Sims Offers Style, Party Tips at Wendy’s Salad Debut - Recipes

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What Vegan Athlete Rich Roll Eats Daily (Hint: Veggies Are Involved)

For super-athlete, vegan author and popular podcast host Rich Roll, clean eating was the catalyst to a totally revamped life. On the edge of his 40th birthday, Rich found himself overweight and winded from climbing the stairs in his own home. He made a dramatic lifestyle change, adopting a vegan diet and then competing in an Ultraman competition later that year. Now considered one of the fittest men on the plant, Rich is proof that transformation comes down to the day-to-day.

You may have caught us crushing on his wellnessy wife, Julie Piatt, earlier this year (whose new vegan cheese cookbook is also a must read). Below, find out what a vegan athlete like Rich eats daily. Hello, 2018 resolutions…

I generally begin each day with at least a liter of room temperature water with a few ounces of apple cider vinegar, followed by a green smoothie prepared in the Vitamix, our super high powered blender.

My green smoothie recipe varies considerably, but it generally includes dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard 1 beet plus beet greens 1-2 bananas ½ cup of blackberries or blueberries coconut water 1 tablespoon each of chia seeds, hemp seeds and ground flax seeds, maca powder, spirulina powder and acai powder.

Typically this is more than enough to get me out the door for my first training session of the day. The only caveat is the occasional fasting workout where after my morning liter of water I enjoy 1 cup of strong coffee and then just head out to train, refraining from food until after my morning session.

If I am extra hungry in the morning, I will add a bowl of cold quinoa with blueberries, almond milk and chia seeds and/or some gluten-free toast with almond butter. For the super long sessions, I pack one water bottle with 900 calories of Perpetum, a maltodextrin-based, low glycemic liquid carbohydrate drink.

I keep it light throughout the day. A big salad with steamed or blackened veggies with balsamic dressing usually does the trick, supplemented by snacking and grazing throughout the day on fruits (bananas and dates) and nuts like raw almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts. If I am really hungry, some rice or quinoa with lentils hits the spot.

I eat a large dinner, usually a recipe Julie prepares from our book, The Plantpower Way – veggie burritos, vegan lasagna, enchiladas, a huge bowl of rice and quinoa with black beans, guacamole and hot sauce are typical fare.

One thing that might surprise people is that I actually don’t eat as much as people might think. Over time, my body has acclimated to the training load, becoming very efficient. Therefore, the long rides and runs don’t take the toll people think, so my appetite isn’t as voracious as one might believe. In addition, the foods I eat are so nutritionally dense that I am getting all the nutrients, micronutrients, phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins I need.

During long cycling workouts, I drink coconut water and feed on bananas, dates, almond butter and sweet potatoes. During long running workouts, coconut water, water, electrolyte tablets, dates and Perpetum get me through.

For swimming workouts, I stick to simply hydrating with water or coconut water.

Upon conclusion of a training session, I immediately rehydrate with water and coconut water. Within the first hour post workout, it’s another big green smoothie, similar to the morning version with lots of greens with an added focus on fruits like bananas (3-4), berries and citrus, plus one scoop of plant-based protein powder. For this I prefer 22 Days Nutrition as it is organic (rare in the protein powder/supplements world).

It’s important to note that I do not overdo it with the protein – I have found through years of experimentation that we just don’t need as much as we think. I believe people would be surprised that despite my sever training load that I have had no issues building lean muscle mass and expediting my recovery between workouts without supplements – 1 scoop of protein powder a day or even every other day is more than enough – don’t get me started on all the confusion and misunderstanding around protein!

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Our Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Cobb Salad with Turkey Bacon + Tons of Veggies

Salads are easy, right? Wrong. Otherwise, everyone would love salads and, the truth is, they don’t. We don’t blame the salad haters out there for not understanding the glory of a perfectly executed salad, we’ve had some bad iceberg lettuce encounters ourselves. Use this high-flavor, highly satisfying salad recipe from nutritionist Jennie Miremadi to convert the biggest salad hater in your life into full-on salad devotion…

Not all salads are created equal. You can improve upon classic recipes by removing ingredients that are inflammatory or lacking in nutritional benefits and replacing them with nutrient-rich ingredients that won’t trigger inflammation. Some common inflammatory ingredients to replace include gluten, dairy, refined sugar, refined carbs and anything else you may personally react to.

A classic cobb salad is loaded with blue cheese crumbles and processed bacon, which often contains sugar and preservatives like nitrates or nitrites. This salad omits the blue cheese crumbles and adds spring vegetables like asparagus, watermelon radish and snap peas instead. This recipe also swaps the processed bacon for a sugar-free, preservative-free turkey bacon. To fully capture the essence of spring, it is dressed with an herbaceous dairy-free, gluten-free Green Goddess dressing that is rich in monounsaturated fat from avocado oil. You’ll love how this salad tastes and how you feel after you eat it!

Spring Cobb Salad
Serves 2

4 cups little gem lettuce leaves
6 oz organic rotisserie chicken breast, chopped
4 spears asparagus
1/4 cup sugar snap peas, sliced
1/4 cup organic cherry tomato, sliced in half
1/2 small watermelon radish, sliced
1/2 an avocado, chopped
2 slices Wellshire Farms Sugar-Free PALEO Turkey Bacon
2 soft boiled eggs, cut in half
2 Tbsp chives, chopped
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
Primal Kitchen Foods Green Goddess Dressing & Marinade
Himalayan pink salt and ground black pepper to taste

Remove woody stem from asparagus spears. Place asparagus in a sauce pan. Cover asparagus with water and simmer over medium heat for approximately three to five minutes or until asparagus turns bright green. Once asparagus turns bright green, turn off heat and transfer to an ice water bath to let cool. Once cool, remove asparagus from water and pat dry. Cut into one-inch pieces and set aside for use with salad.

Heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan. Add turkey bacon slices and cook until bottom side of bacon is lightly browned. Flip and cook the other side of bacon until lightly browned. Turn off heat and let bacon cool slightly. Then chop and set aside for use with salad.

In a large bowl, toss lettuce, chicken, asparagus, snap peas, tomato, watermelon radish, avocado and bacon with enough green goddess dressing to coat and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer salad to a serving platter and top with soft boiled eggs and sprinkle with chives. Serve and enjoy!

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Skinny Side Dish: Herb Grilled Romaine

Recently, over at InStyle, I shared my favorite summer recipe: grilled romaine lettuce. I know, I know. It may sound a little boring to some but it’s actually quite the opposite. When sprinkled with olive oil and herbs, the romaine’s flavor and texture is the perfect low-calorie, skinny side dish.

Whether you’re preparing for a potluck or throwing it on the grill for dinner, here’s how to make this delicious summer favorite:


  • 4-5 romaine hearts (more if you’re planning on serving at a party)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Chili flakes (if you prefer it spicy)

STEP 1: Wash romaine and pull off any wilted leaves. Chop off the lettuce heads about 1-2 inches in.

STEP 2: Mix together herbs, vinegar, and olive oil. Marinate the leaves generously. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste.

STEP 3: Fire up the grill on high heat. Grill the leaves until lightly browned on all sides, turning every couple of minutes.

STEP 4: Once browned, take off grill and let cool. Either serve them whole or chop as a salad. Either is delicious! I always serve mine with some salmon or chicken for a well-balanced plate. Add some chili flakes for some spice, if needed!

I guarantee once you try these veggies, you’ll be hooked. I’ve been eating them almost every single week! For some other skinny options, check out these links:

Reese Witherspoon Showed Us How to Throw a Classic Southern Party

Another perfect L.A. day made for an outdoor get-together—warm, sunshiny, breeze rippling the backyard pool. But there's something distinctly un–Bel Air in the air. The smell, for one thing, which is almost like. homemade biscuits. Could there be carbs on the premises? And coming from the speakers—is that Toby Keith, lamenting that if women come a dime a dozen, he ain't got a penny?

On the patio is the smoking gun: a cauldron of hot-popping fat. A deep fryer must be grounds for a citation here in the land of sea vegetables and hemp milk. Either the apocalypse has come or there's a Southerner in the house.

Fortunately, it's the latter. In this case, the Southern girl is Reese Witherspoon, born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville. The actress and producer loves to throw a party, and today there's a good excuse: She's celebrating the first anniversary of Draper James, her line of fashion, housewares, and other little touches essential for gracious living. It's a uniquely Southern combination of tradition (a monogrammed mint julep cup modeled after vintage barware) and humor (a tote bag that says TOTES Y'ALL, which is so popular, it's sold out twice). "I wanted to make the kinds of things I grew up with and things that would make people happy," she says. "Southerners don't take themselves so seriously, and at Draper James, we didn't want to take ourselves too seriously, either."

Reese herself is a blend of tradition and humor, with the look of a pretty and proper debutante and the laugh of a good-time girl. Her lemon-print Draper James dress matches her lemon-print Draper James plates. It's an Elle Woods move, coordinating one's outfit with the tablescape. In fact, a lot of the women Reese has played—from Elle, the frilly Harvard Law student in Legally Blonde, to Wild author Cheryl Strayed, who white-knuckled it along the Pacific Crest Trail—share the belief that if you're going to do something, you should do it all the way. The philosophy is very Southern. If California entertaining says, "Hey, babe, it's casual," a Southern-style party says, "You're worth the trouble, darlin'!"

The Nashvillian learned everything she knows about Southern hospitality from her company's namesakes: her grandparents Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon. Dorothea, who drove white Cadillacs and always wore pearls, was a renowned entertainer. "She'd cook big Sunday dinners and send everybody home with leftovers," Reese says. "And my grandfather would get up at 5 A.M. to pick vegetables from his garden and leave them for the neighbors."

On today's guest list are several Southern transplants—including, if your definition of Southern is loose enough, O editor at large Gayle King. "I was born in Chattanooga!" she tells guest Mary Alice Haney, who grew up there, too. Never mind that Gayle lived there only 18 months—as far as Mary Alice is concerned, they're compatriots. When Gayle admires her gold-and-pearl chandelier-style pendant, Mary Alice takes it right off her neck and hands it over, saying, "It's okay, I know the owner!" The necklace is Draper James, of course. Each guest has turned out in the spring line: flirty dresses, tops, and shorts in fun stripes and cheerful prints, all inspired by vintage issues of Vogue, Southern Living, and House & Garden.

On the buffet are Dorothea's biscuits, corn salad, and famous fried chicken. Lest anyone feel guilty about the home-cooked sinfulness, the wings and drumsticks are piled on a Draper James tea towel reassuringly embroidered with "Honey, You've Never Looked Better." "Fried chicken is so simple, but it's such a luxury to have it at home," says caterer Annie Campbell, who often cooks for Reese. "This is a typical menu when she entertains, and people love it." Apparently, you can take the girl out of the Gravy Belt, but you can't take the Gravy Belt out of the girl: Another guest, Louisiana native Sarah Moritz, says she makes her gumbo with chicken instead of sausage, but she'll never forsake bacon grease. (A Southern grandmother would keep it in a coffee can. Sarah's is in a discreet little bowl in the fridge.)

Actress Molly Sims takes a turn at the buffet.

At the table Gayle announces, "I saved most of my Weight Watchers Points for this." In the ritual behavior of women everywhere who gather over fried food, the guests begin discussing workout routines. The subject is happily abandoned when the grapefruit gimlets arrive to a round of applause. Mary Alice asks Gayle what she thinks about the presidential election, and that's when things get lively: Think Steel Magnolias meets Crossfire. But the conversation stays convivial, maybe because everything is so delicious. It's the kind of food you'd bring to a family reunion or a friend in need.

"Reese sent me a huge bowl of this corn salad when my son was born. I always say he's practically made of it," says Heather Rosenfield, director of design development for stores and fixtures at Draper James and one of Reese's oldest friends. They met at 19 as across-the-hall neighbors. "We were both new to L.A., and neither of us knew anybody," Heather says. "One day she knocked on my door, introduced herself, and said, 'I noticed you don't have any friends, and I don't either!' We went to Color Me Mine, the paint-your-own-pot place. I loved that she did that. It was so Southern."

The two of them wanted to give the Draper James store in Nashville that "do drop in" feeling, so they offer customers sweet iced tea—an idea met with skepticism by some colleagues north of the Mason-Dixon Line. "They said, 'Who will make it? What if it spills? Can't we do bottled water?' " says Heather. "But we told them, 'It has to be sweet tea!' We just give people lids." They try to extend that neighborly spirit behind the scenes, too: More than half of Draper James's products are made in the U.S., including many in the South, like jeans from Blue Ridge, Georgia.

When it's time for dessert, out comes the pièce-de-resistance-is-futile: Dorothea's coconut layer cake. "Is this on Weight Watchers, Gayle?" Reese asks as she dishes up a slice as big as Tennessee. "It's only 39 points!" says Gayle, who admits that's nine more than her daily limit. But she digs in. As a certain Southern lady once said, tomorrow is another day.

Reese asks if she should send Oprah a slice, but Gayle reluctantly says no, figuring she'll spare her friend the temptation. The hostess isn't letting anyone go home empty-handed, though—as the guests kiss her goodbye, she hands each a present. It's a Draper James candle called Orange Blossom Special, named for the song Johnny Cash famously covered. Which calls to mind another of Reese's strong women: country singer June Carter (Johnny's second wife) in Walk the Line. Reese got an Oscar for that one. Soon the actress will go back to work, transforming herself into somebody else. But for now she's just Dorothea Draper's granddaughter, the role she was born to play.

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Here's a great way to reduce the calories in your go-to mashed potatoes dish while delivering all the creamy flavor and great texture that we all know and love. This recipe sneaks mashed, steamed cauliflower into the mix with cooked and salted russet potatoes, while low-fat buttermilk adds extra flavor and creaminess without adding a lot of calories. Even the most die-hard mashed potato fans may not notice the difference.

Molly Sims Offers Style, Party Tips at Wendy’s Salad Debut - Recipes

We can't get enough of model, actress and AOL Lifestyle Expert Molly Sims. From style tips to superfood cocktail recipes, Molly does it all.

Molly joins with superfood chef Julie Morris, of Navitas Naturals, to bring you amazing recipes for green juice, healthy sugar substitutes and more.

Today only, Tuesday, July 8, we're giving away Molly's go-to green drink ingredient: wheatgrass powder from Navitas Naturals!

It's easy to enter: all you have to do is follow @AOL and @MollyBSims on Twitter and retweet 1 of 10 promotional tweets.

GIVEAWAY: RT for a chance to win AOL Expert @MollyBSims' go-to green juice ingredient! Official rules:

- (@AOL) July 8, 2014

Official rules:
• Open to legal residents of 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
• To enter, retweet (true retweet, quoted retweets will not be counted) 1 of our 10 tweets stating "Retweet for a chance to win AOL Expert @MollyBSims' go-to wheatgrass powder! Official rules [LINK] #AOLExperts"
• Contest begins on July 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM EST and ends on July 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
• You may enter up to 10 times.
• 1 winner will be selected in a random drawing at the end of the contest.
• 1 randomly selected winner will win two (2) bags of Navitas Naturals Wheatgrass Powder with an approximate total retail value of $45.98.
• Click here for a complete list of official rules.

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