Fitness Minutes: (53,240)
7/18/13 10:47 P
Seeds, nuts, avocado (straight up or as guacamole), cheeses (blue cheese, goat cheese, feta cheese, shedded parmesan, etc.), egg... all of these can be really delicious. I went through a phase where I HAD to have blue cheese crumbles on my salad, but I'm having a feta kick this summer. Sometimes a spoon full of sunflower seeds is really tasty, and adds some nice crunch.
Fitness Minutes: (53,095)
7/17/13 12:15 P
when I get tired of salads, I switch to wraps - Flat Out Flax Seed wrap, spread on some guacamole (or hummus with diced olives), add a big pile of spring mix, roll up and enjoy. You can also some onion, red pepper strips, asparagus, etc.
The most handicapped person in the world is a negative thinker; a person who has the skills, abilities, talents and tools, yet chooses not to use them. ~Heather Whitestone
Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. ~Leonard Cohen
I didn't like the taste of vinegar either until I tried truly good balsamic vinegar. It is more expensive that the cheap grocery store kind but it lasts longer. I get it from the Olive Tap - the taste if awesome and my family hates when I use any other kind of salad dressing. I usually drizzle 1 tbls each Olive Oil and Balsamic on a salad that serves 3.
Another salad topping I love is fresh salsa and avocado.
I also like to use fruit/nut combo with a little goat cheese.
I love salad I even eat it at breakfast with cottage cheese topped with fruit or salsa.
TODAY IS YESTERDAY'S TOMORROW!
7/17/13 10:34 A
Sunflower Seeds Pumpkin Seeds/pepitas Pine Nuts Other types of Nuts
Chunked cheese Feta or Cheddar or Mozzarella, for instance
You can obtain some fat if you mix your salad lettuce with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese or skim ricotta.....or how about sliced almonds as they are low in saturated fats, and walnuts have healthy fats that protect your heart. Yes, avocado too! Maybe mix your lemon with a little olive oil. Black Olives also have healthy fats and so do Macadamia nuts they are rich in monounsaturated fat
Pine nuts...a tablespoon of pine nuts eaten right before a meal will help you eat less because this healthy pinolenic acid triggers a rise in two hormones that turn off hunger, according to reports made by the Journal Lipids in Health and Disease.
You might also want to try Sesame Seeds on top your salad and even on your veggies.... they have unsaturated fat....also sometimes I drizzle sesame oil on top as sesame oil is high in antioxidants...Sesame seeds are high in nutrition and contain many valuable nutrients ...I use them daily as they help keep my cholesterol levels down.
You also do not have to have your veggies in a salad. Putting them in a stir fry will allow you to add in some oil, and rice or meat, which tastes better imo.
I don't really like the taste of salad greens by themselves, and found I really liked ranch dressing better..lol. So I don't do salads often. I find vinegarette dressing lacking, and was trying to choke it down because it was " healthy ".
Even something like baked pork chops, can have rice, and greens in the pan, and the juice from the pork chops makes the rice, and green more palateable. Or a roast with potato, carrots, and onions.
Just a few suggestions for those people who want the benefit of the salad veggies, but not a huge fan of salad. These put a bit of fat with your veggies, and solve the problem also.
"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "
- Albert Einstein
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
- Henry Ford
Fitness Minutes: (2,155)
7/17/13 9:49 A
Seeds are also great in salads. I like pumpkin and sunflower personally.
Height 5'8 1/2" SW: 190+ CW: 141.0 Woohoo!
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
Fitness Minutes: (5,830)
2,708 7/17/13 9:47 A
Fats I like with veggies: organic lard organic butter full-fat cheeses (provide CLA) eggs (omelet) avocado
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
7/17/13 9:36 A
Oh DOH!!! Nuts are the perfect answer!!! Why didn't I remember that? LOL. Thank you!!
I've tried a little olive oil on salads, but could never actually enjoy the taste. Grilled veggies with olive oil on them are delicious, but something about the oil on the raw veggies grosses me out.
I know, I'm weird. You should see the looks I get in restaurants when I order salads with no dressing.
I know that's a lame title, but what I really want to ask is this:
If you don't like salad dressings, how can you add the fat to your salads needed to help absorb the nutrients? I'm quoting a trivia question from today:
QUOTE: You will absorb more nutrients from your veggies by eating them with a fat (such as a vinaigrette dressing). Your body can't make use of certain vitamins and antioxidants found in vegetables(beta-carotene, vitamin D, and vitamin E in particular) without a bit of fat to help process them. Ditch the fat-free salad dressing and dip your fork into a dressing made with olive oil for heightened meal satisfaction and nutrient absorption! ENDQUOTE
I don't like anything remotely vinegar-flavored, and I don't like the creamy textures of other salad dressings. (I usually just lemon or pineapple juice.) What are my options for adding fat to my daily salads to help absorb nutrients? I sometimes add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of Feta cheese -- will that work, or is not the right kind of fat?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.