Sarita & Randy v. Linda Taix

Alpha Team Jen Jen Doris and Cory HOVER perfectlyOur entrepreneur plan started off AWFUL.

Backstory: We met on E-Harmony over a decade ago bringing our families together.  Two kids each.

Then there was that time at band camp where we decided to quit our cushy full time 6 figure jobs and open a business that we believed in.  Both of our mother’s were battling cancer (brain and breast) so life with them along with our own children became a top priority.  We were working long hours and pretty much OWNED by our employer.

Both Pat (Randy’s mom) and Mary (Sarita’s mom) pushed us to work hard and believed we could do this on our own…whatever we set our mind out to do.  Both of us have held jobs since we were 14 and in looking back we both gave 110% to whatever the employer asked of us, if not more.  We did not have the courage to jump into the Entrepreneur world individually but as a team we decided to go for it.

That’s when we began 805 Boot Camp.  No, wait, we started as Extreme Boot Camp and thought we would be partners with the owner of Extreme, Linda Taix.

Randy’s mom had already passed on and my mom was on death’s door.  She was able to understand that we’d made the leap and were starting our “own business”.  I am so grateful she loved photography and was with us at our first Street Fair taking photos of our beginning.  I am thankful she was able to see we got on the FRONT PAGE of our local newspaper announcing our camp had begun a fundraiser to fill the Simi Valley Library with the latest Health, Fitness and Nutrition books.  She was extremely proud!

We had two full camp tours when we were called to the Extreme HQ’s to discuss the “agreement” we had signed to go into business with Linda.  She took us out to lunch at a local La Canada steakhouse where she was well known by every person we met.  Seated in a corner booth she told us we needed to “sign some papers”.  It was a contract to be a Franchise.  Thankfully Randy had already had experience with a franchise model and he began reading while Linda and I talked about how great our Simi boot camp was going, the locations and marketing needs and wants we planned.  She smiled, nodded and excitedly agreed with me on most everything.   Then we talked about our Thanksgiving Day boot camp where we raced a relay carrying a frozen turkey.  She explained that she really did like the idea and in the future we’d just need to run it by her before doing anything like that.  I got immediately confused because I actually did not understand what in the world she could be talking about “getting her approval”?

Randy had finished reading over the 3-inch stack of contract paperwork and pushed the binder to me to begin reading.  I did not listen to their conversation, I read…every word.  I have this irritating (to the sales person) habit of reading every word in every single document I’m supposed to sign after making some dumb moves trusting people when I was the General Manager at Panda Software.

I hit the section about costs and compensation.  There was a $35,000 amount due to have the franchise.  I interrupted Randy and Linda and asked about this $35K, “what does the $35K buy?”  You see, at this point in time, EBC was a giant boot camp in La Canada California – known only by the local community.  ZERO marketing or public relations had happened to make this business model known by Linda (or anyone she hired).  While I, on the other hand, began writing for the local paper, sending press releases out on updates and covering our fundraising and community involvement with photos.  As of our 2nd camp I had a website created (because Linda could not or would not) and we’d done newspaper ads (which I created using PAINT!!), mailers and we walked business to business MEETING people in our fatigues and announcing our program. So, when I saw that $35K I was again puzzled and confused.

“It’s for the name Extreme Boot Camp” Randy replied.

“What do you mean, ‘the name’?” I choked on my iced tea in reply and looked at Linda and Randy.

“Oh, you guys don’t have to pay that.  It’s just for the future Franchises.” Linda assured us.  “I love you guys and we’ll work it out.”

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This was my friend Linda.

Linda, by the way, was at our WEDDING along with a few of her Trainers.

She, as well as her employees that did not have families to spend Thanksgiving with, were invited to my mom’s yearly Thanksgiving Feast.  At this point I trusted Linda and believed she would make this happen.  BUT after decades of experience in marketing and sales, her lack of action on helping us create the Simi Valley boot camp made me realize she did not know much about marketing and how it was crucial in building a business, let alone Public Relations.  Businesses don’t build themselves.

I kept reading over the other expectations:  full access to our personal computer, we would use her email system and server (my personal experience was sending her multiple emails and calling multiple times before getting an answer to a question on a regular basis and I assumed it was because she was busy creating the Franchises for EBC).  We would pay her a percentage of our income.  She would dictate how we would run the camp.  I did not see this as being in alignment with what we quit our jobs to do but I didn’t say anything at the table.

We finished up lunch and lugged home the binder.  I continued reading while Randy drove.  He told me the story of the franchisee that had be allowed to not follow the same rules of the other franchises.  The only person at risk in this is the FRANCHISEE (that would be Randy and Sarita) who would be hit with penalties, paying what was not paid and attorney’s fees.  That freaked me OUT.

It was crystal clear: we needed to begin our own business and do it without Extreme Boot Camp.  We made an appointment to get back to Linda and give her the news.  For us we figured we would remain friends and help each other – we were 40 miles (and 40 minutes on a GOOD DAY) away…ONE WAY.  There would be no risk at us taking her clients or business at all.

In her tiny office in La Crescenta we squeezed in a third chair to tell her our decision.

As Randy spoke she absorbed what we were saying.  I was sitting in the doorway (there was no other space) and she was unable to leave the room.  If she were able to I think she would have run out and begun screaming at us.  Her face got very red and her eyes became furious.  I was snot expecting this from someone that called themselves a friend. Someone that knew about our moms, our kids…I would have expected she would want the best FOR US.  It seems I was very wrong on that assumption.  We were screwing up some plan we did not know we were part of.

We left there with her angrier than a hornet AT US.

A few days later we were served with papers and sued.

And that’s the start of our adventure as 805 Boot Camp!  Yipeeeeee!!!

Sued in Federal Court for a variety of things but the courts show “Trademark Infringement”.  The paperwork was 6 inches deep of all that we had taken from her.  She claimed she had invented outdoor boot camp as well as certain exercises like push-ups.

We had to hire an attorney and like idiots we got one that knew NOTHING about this sort of thing.  He was cool and we liked him a LOT but if you ever get sued for something seek help by an attorney that specialized in that area.

Our attorney told us we could easily fight this and quite possibly persevere but it would cost us a lot of money (and we did not have it).  So we settled and paid her $15,000 plus attorney’s fees.

We had an explicit date to have absolutely zero Extreme Boot Camp essence on our business model.  From the website to the apparel.  We were not allowed to have a name that began with the letter E.  We were not allowed to have black shirts.  These demands were silly and as though we WANTED to be Extreme Boot Camp or mistaken as them, which we did not.  If we did not comply 100% with the demands in the injunction we would be open to be sued AGAIN and pay for her attorney’s fees.  The date we had to make was May 1st, 2007.

I got on that task immediately writing back and forth with our attorney proving COMPLIANCE to him.  He helped with an extra set of eyes to make sure I was correctly moving forward.

Meanwhile, my mom was on her last days on earth.  I was up doing camp then driving to the hospital in the Sunland area to see her.  It was an AWFUL period of time and then I’d come home late and be crying all the time.  I was also very sick with those blisters so couldn’t eat or drink much.  I watched my mom die every day while working and trying to get the injunction complied with.

My mom died on April 29th.

On May 3rd we were served with 12 inches (NOT KIDDING) of paperwork that Linda’s attorney’s had printed from the website proving we had NOT actually removed all the remnants of Extreme Boot Camp.  SHE WAS SUING US AGAIN.

The evidence she included were screen shots of photos, of SEO tags… our website (and I built it with the help of Go Daddy) still had crumbs of Extreme Boot Camp on it DESPITE the fact that I’d spent hours with Go Daddy being assured I’d complied with it.  I kept meticulous notes of these tech support conversations because I was new to this world of web design.

Either way, my mom died and two days later Linda sued us.  Cold, huh?  I thought so too.

The prior months we had to come up with a new business name (that did not begin with the letter E so the acronym would not be EBC which was Extreme Boot Camp’s acronym).  I went to the Simi Valley Town Center and personally surveyed 50-70 people describing our program and asking them what single word came to mind.  Endurance.  Nooooo!!! I could not use Endurance because it was the letter E.

I noticed the pride people of Simi had though.  Coming from La Crescenta, Glendale, Los Angeles, Hollywood and Burbank I’d never been in a neighborhood where people were NICE to you.  It was a point of pride.  I was happy to leave the 818 and live in the 805.

That’s when I realized: we should be 805 Boot Camp.  Again, leap of faith in an idea.

We hired a designer for our logo (I’ve got to write the story of this rip-off) and have a website built.  We paid him $5,000 and got a rendering of our logo and THAT’S IT.  Do NOT trust a guy named R. Grant Perry, Jr  who had a business called Cre8v Planet with the address of 37 Langhorne Circle Newport News Virginia.  He took our $5,000 and left us high and dry.  I just now hunted the internet for him. He’s STILL claiming to do websites and probably ripping people off.  What a jerk.  What a LESSON.

We got our new logo (which I really like), printed our letterhead and shirts on every color but black.

Camps continued and we hired two Instructors.

But Linda wasn’t through with us just yet.

She immediately opened a storefront (which was a stipulation on that original Franchise) on Erringer (right behind El Torito) and staffed it during odd hours.  We peeked in when they were closed once and saw a few stationary bikes and racks of weights – that was it.

She paid two instructors to drive all the way out from La Crescenta EVERY DAY to deliver camp in the same parks we were in.  It was as though someone was giving her the information about where we would be.

One dark morning in Lemon Park we were running the dirt path and her campers purposely ran into (physically) our campers going in the opposite direction.  That could have been bad but we’re not into fighting and shrugged it off.  Clearly there was animosity being carried on by her employees and transferred to her actual clients!  Crazy!  It happened more than once, so we chose a different park.

Lessons learnt so far:

  1.  Do your own website and UNDERSTAND what is going on rather than believe what a tech support person tells you
  2.  Do not trust someone you believe is your friend…look at their actual actions rather than their words
  3. Hire professionals with MEGA references to help you create in an area you are not knowledgeable in
  4. Trust your gut on humans
  5. Don’t give a dime to someone to work for you without seeing the results – if anything give them HALF.

The plan to keep our business open was looking more and more difficult.

We called a friend – a REAL friend – Joan Murphy-Contreras (know Byrd) who set us on the right path back to believing in our original purpose.

Despite dropping everything we knew to be stable for ourselves in 2005, we did.

And 12 years later we’ve got LOTS to share on what went great and what went south along with people you might trust and those you just cannot trust.

Always learning!

805 Boot Camp had its first camp and it was rocky and sketchy and we were worried about that damn law suit for years…nothing happened on it.

We moved on and it looks like she opened up 30 franchises!

On a whim I was taking design classes at Moorpark College with Svetlana Kasalovic and a student sitting near me in the lab noticed my 805 Boot Camp water bottle.  We struck up a conversation and it seems her boyfriend had purchased THREE Extreme Boot Camp franchises and they were all doing awful with zero support on marketing and public relations.  I felt bad for the girl and her boyfriend but there was nothing I could do.

She told me that the Simi Valley boot camp model was used as a way to close him on purchasing because it was so successful.

When I got home I looked up how many Extreme Boot Camp Franchises existed.  They were ALL OVER Southern California.  I took screen shots at the time but they’re on another external hard drive so I cannot be sure.  I’d guess 20?  WOW.

Her website was word-for-word a copy of our introduction.  She started programs that matched our program (like our Low Impact Program).  Her photos were the ones my sister took and she was asked to remove them (and she did).  It was hard to not be angry about her behavior.

The law suit was never heard in Federal Court.  That was 11 years ago.

Since then we have had a few other face plants and learning experiences getting our diploma from the University Of Hard Knocks.

We stuck to it and in the end we survived the attacks from her as well as the few other people that sincerely wanted to put us out of business.

I’m a believer in karma and I am pretty sure when they get served up it is going to suck big time.

 

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My  Stem Cell Procedure

Pain was at 8 out of 10 almost every day.  If I did NOTHING then the pain went down to 3.  If I even walked up steps it would go to 5 or 6 for 24 hours. I’d rest and it would feel better so I tried to “live normally” and work…which means I would be hiking trails, running, walking at boot camp.

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Miss Ann Archinal!  She’s single and we do not understand why!?
Friend Ann Archinal (pictured) had mentioned ONE MILLION TIMES that I should check into Regenexx’s procedure and possibly be part of a Clinical Trial.

I began the process but was told (by a Regenexx Call Center woman) I had to be “PRE-qualified” by a “Regenexx Doctor”, which required an MRI.  I found a doctor in Simi Valley on Alamo Street (right around the corner from where I live).

Work continued to antagonize my knees and since it got worse and worse we opted to get an MRI at Ventura Orthopedic in Simi Valley, CA.   That cost $400, cash.  Most insurances will cover this (but we do not have insurance so have to pay cash).

The MRI on left knee only was analyzed and sent to my sports chiropractor Dr. David Sommer, Sommer Sports Chiropractic in Simi Valley, CA.  He explained the findings.  MRI showed torn meniscus and burst baker’s cyst in my left knee.  DISCOVERED LATER: Bone spurs and arthritis in my right knee.

Set appointment for Regenexx doctor in Simi.  Just to see him cost $350.  I recorded the conversation to make sure I didn’t misunderstand any of it.  Went to appointment, he reviewed MRI and told me I was a candidate.  Offered three solutions: cut, stem cell, do nothing.  He said he would do Stem Cell for $9700 for ONE knee.  He printed two pieces of paper from his website and charged me another $100.  I left there pissed and resigned with the fact that I would never get my knees repaired.

Went to Facebook, Regenexx’s site.  Posted that I had been quoted $9,200 for my knee.  Immediately replies started to pop up,  One said “$1,700 in Texas” which prompted me to begin researching other possibilities.  One hour later I discovered that Regenexx had removed my post PLUS all of the replies and information.  DANG IT.  Luckily I’d written down a few notes and discovered a realistic solution.

Found Dr. Venkatesh Movva and called to find out if I could go there and what the cost would be.  Quoted $-private (call for your quote) for both knees (he would need to see my right knee himself and agreed to do this without the MRI).

We emptied our small savings nut and invested in my knees.  I am happy to report after 8 months of holding my breath that the pain would return: I’M GREAT!  Read below for the little ups and downs but overall I’m PAIN FREE!  Like zilch, nada, nothing.  I wake up every day so grateful we decided to invest in my knees.  It was worth it.

Are you searching for a solution that doesn’t include DRUGS, CUTTING OR EXTENDED RECOVERY?  Stop reading here.  Pick up the phone and CALL THEM!

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THE PROCEDURE – TIME LINE

Tuesday August 23rd to Saturday August 27th

 

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One little love bug living at my Air BNB place.
Tuesday. Day 1 flew to Texas (round trip tickets American Airlines $204 through Hotwire), got a rental car (Hertz $200) and drove to my Air BNB place in Grapevine Texas ($262) which I highly recommend you book.

 

Wednesday.  Day 2 arrive at Dr Venkatesh Movva’s office at 9:00am and filled in paperwork and paid for both knees to have the Regenexx Stem Cell procedure.  At about 11:00am I had injections by Dr Movva that I was told would inspire my body to send my blood to my knees to prepare for my stem cell injection the following day.  Left after an hour and drove to a nice outdoor mall and wandered around.  Noted that I was in less pain (I’d say 25%) and got a bit excited.

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Day 2 Bone Marrow draw
Day two! Bone marrow draw. Wore my PEACE headgear to keep calm.
Thursday. Day 3 arrived at 9:00am for bone marrow draw.  You lie down on a table face down and injections to numb my hip area are done.  It was numb.  Dr Movva drew 3 vials of my bone marrow.  It did not hurt at all and I was wide awake.  I felt a sort of heavy pressure on my hip bones.  Sent to lunch and then returned.  My marrow had been split into platelets and stem cells.  The stem cells were injected into my knees.  This hurt a tiny bit and I think it was mostly because I was able to watch it happen (since I was on my back and wide awake).  A little spray can was used in the areas the needles were going into.  There was really no pain, just a “fullness” in the joint area.  Sent to meet with the Physical Therapist for my PT assignment, fit for two knee braces and a set of crutches (same building) then directed to go home and STAY OFF MY LEGS.

Friday. Day 4 arrived at 10:00am to get my final injection which was my platelets.  This hurt more than anything else.  One side hurt way more than the other .  Dr Movva said my reaction was the same as every other person and was normal.

IMG_5611Saturday. Day 5 got up super early to get to car rental return (Hertz) and fly home (American Airlines) from Dallas/Fort Worth.  Hertz was ready (I was alone and called ahead telling them of my “stay off your knees” circumstances) to pick me up and take me to the airport in a private car!  When I got dropped off a DFW employee scooped me up with a wheel chair and took me to my gate.  I was embarrassed to use this but MAN it was necessary!

Followed instructions of NO RUNNING OR IMPACT for 5 weeks.

Began slowly.  Tried Aqua Running before the 5 weeks was up and directed by Dr. Movva to go at 25% only (which I did).

I was 50% on doing my PT which I regret.

MONTH 1 SEPTEMBER

Went on a vacation to Oregon.  Biked and walked a lot, braces on made it cumbersome.  Knocking my knees a lot (the braces are very stabilizing…and HUGE) and tripping when they caught on each other.  Knees had a slight pain but it was dull.  Pain would be 3 out of 10.  Did my PT 4 times a week average.  It was tough stuff but when I did it I felt less pain the following day.  My PT took 60 minutes not rushing.

MONTH 2 OCTOBER

Began walking slowly and jogged a little.  Less pain.  Knees felt unstable as though they were loose.  Work was easier and I was able to run exercise stations and demonstrate (without extra weight).  PT was 2-3x per week, regrettably.  Began mountain bike riding and road rides for 1-2 hours at least once a week but started to feel pain on the back of my knees after a lot of uphill climbing.  Continued to fall back on my “pain” habits such as gripping stairwell banisters, going down steps one at a time and slowly…mentally I feel like I’m shedding these go-to practices that always helped me alleviate the pain.

MONTH 3 NOVEMBER

Lots of activity, braces off.  PT remained 2-3x per week. Again noticing how strong knees felt the day following PT.  By end of October I was doing squats, running trails and road SLOWLY (partly because it has been years of low activity and my cardio was weak).  Mountain bike riding was easier so I began pushing myself.  Signed up for Spartan training and dialed it back on any lower body exercises.  Noticed the pain in my knees when I did burpees (the kick out) so stopped. Pain stayed and moved to a 4 so I wrote to Dr. Movva and he replied right away despite being in India where he helps children (love that).  He offered a Booster PRP procedure and said he would not charge me for it if I could get into the offices for the one-day procedure.

MONTH 4 DECEMBER

Feeling good and better after resting and staying mostly immobile during our time off of camp.  It couldn’t have been better timing to have a break.  I did no running, stopped drinking alcohol through the New Year!  Focused on healthier nutrition during the down time.  Felt like my knees were recovered.

MONTH 5 JANUARY

Started the year off slowly but eventually riding and running trails (slowly).  No PT at all but do not feel the need for it because I feel stable and strong in my knees.  RAN stadium at Moorpark twice, walked up and ran down Hummingbird Trail and Chumash. Ran /Walked Tapo Open Space. Things are stronger and no pain.

MONTH 6 FEBRUARY

Able to squat down low with kettle bells (26 and 18 lbs), swinging bells, burpees, jump rope and continued road and trail hiking.

Overall my experience was incredible.
The only part of my procedure that was awful was visiting the arrogant local “authorized doctor” to find out if I was a “candidate” for the Regenexx procedure.

CURRENTLY (APRIL 2017)

Wow.  I’m SO HAPPY I got this procedure.  I am able to participate in pretty much any activity (with training) that I want from being a boot camper to running trails and road.  I am mentally still worried to push the envelope and blow my knees out – but so far I’ve had no pain at all.  LIKE AT ALL.

One thing that began in 2013 was my knee going out of it’s joint.  That is very painful.  It’s “almost” happened on both knees a few times in the past two months.  Randomly I’ll be moving my legs (like swinging them onto the bed or into the truck to sit) and a knee will get that pang of pain.  It takes my breath away instantly then is gone – no remnants.  I believe I just need to keep strengthening the surrounding tissue by USING my legs and following the PT work.

I would only recommend Dr. Venkatesh Movva.  He can review your MRI and tell you the truth from any place on earth.  Just get your MRI and send it to him.

If you do end up using his services, be sure you mention you read my blog.  He will appreciate knowing and maybe (just maybe) give you a “Sarita special deal”!

Read on if you are bored and/or interested in my sob story!  It’s so fun!

 

MY PITY PARTY

AKA more explanation on HOW I became injured and what we went through

Pain began three years prior (2013) in my left knee and got worse over the years. No ONE event happened.  I was very active as a kid into my high school years playing soccer, softball and volleyball.  I got tons of injuries, mostly twisted ankles, that I’m sure I did not allow to heal properly before jumping back into my sport.

At age 38 I became a boot camp owner which “required” teaching exercises, running road and trails.  My life went from cubicles to running around the planet and it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

After the pain in my left knee began I backed off.  It was an up and down ride on recovery inbetween visits to my chiropractor for therapy and my massage therapist for relief and excruciating fun on my IT band.  The pain was undiagnosed because we did not have insurance and I am a “suck it up” type of person.

Bulldog 25KEventually, over three years, I went from running races and training for them (25K Bulldog, Half Marathons, Xterra) and our boot camp regular trail running to walking races and trails for our boot camp to just sitting in the car because I could NOT ascend one of my favorite trails without paying for it dearly.

We finally saved enough money to get an MRI.  This is after spending the three years going to chiropractic and massage for relief (which I did have, but then I’d go run again and it would return even worse).

MRI showed a torn meniscus with a Baker’s cyst that burst. NO WONDER I WAS IN PAIN ALL THE TIME.

Spent too much time trying to become a candidate for a Regenexx “Clinical Trial” which may have happened but I did not live in Colorado and/or they didn’t care who I was or my situation.

My friend Ann had the procedure for her knee and a shoulder injury and she was back up and operational in a short amount of time.

I decided to get myself to a doctor to find out if I was a candidate.  We had to pay $350 just to sit in the room with this doctor and he looked at my MRI then described the few options: stem cell, surgery, nothing (pain management…aka pills).

He said he could handle my left torn meniscus with stem cell but it was not guaranteed (of course).  Stem cell meant there would be no tissue removed and I was good with that.  It would be my own stem cells…good with that.  I would only need to pay him $9200 for it.  He printed me two more pieces of paper FROM HIS WEBSITE then sent me on my way…after charging me another $100.

I left his office PISSED at his arrogance and certain I’d never get this procedure.

The next day I went to the Regenexx Facebook Page and left a note for everyone to read (or it was a comment, it has since been removed):  “Got a quote for a torn meniscus and baker’s cyst in my left knee for $9200.  This is way more expensive than I expected.”

Immediately comments began popping up from other folks that were in the forum. Most people were commenting on how much they’d paid.  One person posted “$1,700 in Texas”.  I almost fell out of my chair.

I hobbled downstairs to Randy’s office to tell him the good news!

From there my quest became locating the doctor that had given this procedure for this price.  I logged back into Facebook to find the person and ask more questions.  THE POST WAS COMPLETELY REMOVED.  Like 100% gone.

Side note: every post I have made complimenting them is never replied to, answered, response of a ‘thanks’ in all of my social media.  I think I must have hit a nerve?

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Kale Salad (SoCal)

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Kale Salad The Third

I can’t get enough chopped kale these days.  I never thought I’d love it as much as I do.  I have no idea if it is related but I am sleeping like a ROCK so soundly.  Must be the kale. 🙂

This salad is built from Farm Fresh To You and Trader Joe’s produce.

I chop my lettuce a little larger to slow my husband down.  I’ve watched the speed he can inhale food and I’ve noticed there is NO WAY he can snarf down a salad I build.  My secret is the lettuce leaf size.  Beware:  bitching and moaning about leaf size is inevitable…but it is worth it!  We need to SLOW DOWN and chew our food whether you agree on it or not.  

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients
5 giant lacinato kale leaves, remove the stem from leaf and chop into small bits
1 head of lettuce, chopped larger than bite size
2 Persian cucumbers, chopped like nickels
2 carrots, chopped like nickels
2 celery stalks, chopped like nickels
1 red tomato (cut into bite size chunks)
10 cherry tomatoes (added last to each plate, 3 each)
1 small avocado (added last, halved and sliced)

Directions
Cut your lettuce and kale, toss it together and place in fridge in its own bowl (to chill).

While it’s “chillin’” cut the remaining vegetables (aka The Medley) except for the cherry tomatoes and avocado.  

Serve the bed of greens on the bottom and the medley on top for each plate/giant bowl.

Add the avocado and cherry tomatoes (optional).

Dig in!!

DRESSING?

Yes please!  

I spoon regular hummus throughout my salad (about ¼ cup) and blend it all together.  YUM!  Add your dressing as desired.

Randy has his salads dry, adding tons of cracked pepper.  He also added black beans to his (about ¾ cup).

Nutrition Info per serving (about 2 cups)
Calories 110 kcal
Fat 4g
Carbs 16g
Protein 4g

Packed with Vitamin A, C, Calcium and Iron.   See the My Fitness Pal recipe – click here.