SALAD. SALAD. SALAD
I would like to talk about some of my very own personal tips and tricks to keeping your weight down without having to suffer through a grueling diet. Annnddd Today's topic is salad!
SALAD. SALAD. SALAD. Salad sometimes gets a bad name for being boring and the ultimate plain healthy meal that offers no satiety, but that could not be more false! The word salad is like an open door of opportunity. There are SOO many different things you can do to create an extremely flavorful, satisfying and healthy experience!
-Always start with lettuce, any you like best will work honestly, I prefer the spring mix that has spinach, kale, cabbage and baby leaf lettuce. This mix adds a great diversity of texture and flavor.
-Include a protein! Some are my favorites are 2 boiled eggs or some grilled chicken breast or 1/2c of black beans.
- Add flavorful healthy fats! This is important part of making it satisfying. Always include at least two sources of healthy fats that you like. My personal favorites are avocado and olives and chopped nuts, and cheese but you can really use anything you like.
-More veggies! Now here is where you have a free pass to your lettuce creation. Add absolutely ANY vegetables you would like. Some examples are: Carrots, bell pepper, radish, onion, jalepeno, broccoli, pickles, mushrooms, cucumber, tomato. ANYTHING GOES HERE!!
-CARBOHYDRATES: Always add at least one source of carbs for a good energy source. Once again keeping it healthy, but if you stick to only one source, you can be a little lenient. Some of my favorites are: Chopped baked potato or sweet potato, crushed tortilla chips, dried fruit, or croutons.
Now that we have created the salad, we are at the absolute most crucial part THE DRESSING. Dressing can completely destroy a salad adding over 300 calories in a typical amount to dress a salad. Here are my tips on dressing that honestly I feel are very satisfying and reduce calorie content by over 75%. The tip is to always make your own, do not buy dressing!
IF you like mustard: (honestly like 0 calories)
-a few TBS of mustard
-Add water to make it a dressing consistency
-1/2-1 packet of stevia
-any seasoning to your liking.
Just stir up and pour over salad and mix. I always just eyeball everything so the important part is to just make it to your desired consistency and flavor with adding more mustard or more water to alter consistency and really any seasoning works great.
IF you like ranch: (around 75 calories)
-Hidden Valley ranch dressing seasoning mix packets (I slowly sprinkle it in and taste, be careful because its really strong)
-plain Greek yogurt
-water to even out consitency
-pepper/seasonings of choice.
IF you like lemon ( around 50 calories)
Now this is something I recently just tried because I had ranch dressing in my fridge (my boyfriend is obsessed despite my criticism). It greatly reduces the calorie content of plain ranch while still having very good flavor!
-about 1/2 TBS of ranch dressing
-2 squeezed lemon slices
-Pace medium salsa
Start with the very small but of ranch and then add salsa and lemon until the salad seems well dressed, that way you still have the flavor, but the majority of the dressing has no calories! I know it sounds weird, but its very flavorful.
Overall you cant go wrong with all of the different ways you can make salad a delicious meal! I eat one every single night for dinner and am never unsatisfied. Good luck and happy salad making! :)