Happy Friday! If you’re traveling this weekend, or anytime soon for that matter, check out your options at the airport, you can find some healthy options there if you search hard enough (usually requires walking and lugging carry-ons, but that a’int no thing, right?!)
I am back home, and it sure feels nice! As much as I love exploring other areas and new cities, I am a homebody at heart. I guess that translates into my loving to eat at home as well? I like going out to eat, but I don’t find it as a ‘necessity’ for me.
Thus, here’s introducing an easy, quick, healthy meal called THE SALAD, which can be made easily at home!
Lots of people think salads can be boring, ‘too healthy,’ or just plain gross. However, salads can be anything YOU want them to be. Amazing concept, huh?
Here are simple steps customized to YOU :
- Pick a Green (or greens)
- Decide on a protein source
- Top it with more veggies and fruits (high water-dense foods!)
- Add some crunch
- Go with a sprinkle of a hearty cheese (the stronger the cheese the less you need!)
- Top it with some dressing
My favorites include the following combos:
- Romaine, chicken, artichokes, parmesan, tomatoes, light Caeser dressing
- Spinach, tofu, strawberries, blackberries, apples, almonds, feta cheese, Panera Poppyseed dressing
- Garden mix, edmamae, bell peppers, shaved carrots, tomatoes, Grueyere cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Spinach + Romaine, turkey, blueberries, raspberries, nuts, blue cheese, Panera Poppyseed dressing
- Romaine (chopped), black beans, corn, salsa, crumbled tortilla chips, more salsa
- Kale + Spinach, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, carrot slivers, feta cheese, Greek style dressing
- + SOOO many more!
I love making salads look pretty, and the easiest way to do that is to combine lots of different flavors and textures. I like crunchy things so I usually have nuts, crumbled chips, or….nuts (heh) on top of salads.
However, in making salads, if you want to be conscious of calories, good-for-you ingredients, forgo the gobs of dressing and go with a drizzle. Or, if you really want something that is high in calories (cheese, nuts, some meats), let go of another ingredient you don’t really love. Making swaps like this is all part of realistic, healthy eating plans!
Salads CAN be very unhealthy if you choose it that way, but on the other hand, they can also pack in 5-6 servings of fruits and veggies in one meal if you choose right.
I am all for that–see how many veggies and fruits I can eat in one sitting?! Sign me up 😉 Seriously though, almost every day I eat a huge salad. I am not a rabbit, and no I don’t only eat lettuce, but I do genuinely enjoy a good salad–while mixing up the flavors and combinations to make my body, mind, and tummy happy!
Have a lovely Friday!
What are YOUR favorite ingredients in a salad?!? Any interesting combo I should know about so I can try it too?!!