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ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (78,414)
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5/28/13 1:47 P

I love my salads with a lot of veggies, too. I don't worry too much about the veggies, but limit my fruits due to their sugar content. I often add beans or egg whites to my salad to boost the protein. I like a reduced fat Italian dressing, or salsa which seems to have less sodium.

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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5/28/13 1:33 P

Weight Watchers says to restrict your fruit to 2 servings a day. With salads, you want to add protein - walnuts, pecans, chicken. I love adding apples, cranberries or strawberries.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,696
5/28/13 12:11 P

Any protein that you would eat can be added to a salad. Also consider warm salads if you're home, like a whilted spinach or frisee salad topped of with some grilled chicken or a few grilled shrimp.

5/28/13 10:29 A

for losing weight I have had to cut down on fructose.... in fruits limiting my fruit to berries more than pineapple, oranges and grapefruits,,, banana .. also some people that are older cannot handle too much dark leafy greens because of other medicine or blood clotting.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,216
5/28/13 10:12 A

Your doctor may not want you to eat a ton of fruit since excessive amounts could lead to high blood sugar and if you are controlling carbs or calorie needs that may also be why. Berries have the least impact on blood sugar, any kind of berries, and berries have antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are a great low carb choice.

Cherries, peaches, apricots are a low carb...oranges, apple, pears and kiwi are all around 15 grams of carbs.

This is not medical advice...your medical professional has given you individual advice and if you do not know the reason why call him/her up and ask.

Salad options...Kindney Beans, Black Beans or chickpeas add fiber...Mixing in blue, feta, or goat cheese is a great way to add flavor & protein... or turn any salad into a meal with the addition of shrimp, chicken, sliced steak, sardines, shrimp, crab, anchovy, cheese, 2 slices of low-sodium bacon, hard-boiled egg, salmon. Avocados, olives, and toasted nuts....

Other common ingredients that you can add to your base of salad are
Cucumber, tomato, radish, carrot, chopped egg, mushrooms peppers, cabbage, sweetcorn, onion, olives, celery...Romaine is high in nutritional value and so is spinach. So skip the iceberg lettuce. Kale is also good and loaded with fiber. The darker green, the better and try just a e squeeze of lemon or add cottage cheese on the salad instead of the dressing or or a few chow mein noodles for crunch, fat free croutons. Parm or pine nuts for the protein or romano.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 5/28/2013 (10:19)
5/26/13 3:44 P

A serving of fruit has 60 calories, 15 grams of carb.
While a serving of non-starchy veggie has only about 10-25 calories and 2-3 grams of carb...
This is why I imagine the doctor suggested sticking to the minimum recommended servings for fruits. Most folks can easily handle 5-10 servings of veggies daily---and still be within their calorie range.

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JUSTABAKER SparkPoints: (171)
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5/26/13 2:18 P

I'm OBSESSED with salads, they are my favorite food. Everyone looks at me weird when I say that, but salads are just so freaking delicious.

I always use fat free Italian dressing or if available, any form of vinaigrette (raspberry vinaigrette is to die for). I eat them with grilled chicken, tuna, salmon... any grilled white meat (not a fan of red). I skip the croutons. I add peas, carrots, onions, peppers, kalamata olives, and very little cheese (my biggest temptation). Sometimes I add a little chili powder if available, and spinach.

Salads are tricky. I love them now, but after years of experimenting to find what I like. So keep experimenting!

Salads can stop being healthy, though, if you start bathing them in fatty dressings like Ranch, or when you start adding bacon, or fatty foods. I'd also watch out for corn, as it contains a lot of sugar. I remember when I was little we used to go to Pizza Hut all the time and my dad would always eat a salad before his pizza because he wanted to get filled up on something healthy so he wouldn't eat so much pizza. Well, he'd get a monster salad drenched in Bleu Cheese with bacon, beats, corn, anything he could find. His salads always ended up being more unhealthy than the actual pizza.

If you love veggies, I'd say indulge yourself, as long as you don't go overboard and that's all you eat all day. I'd try to stick to a more balanced died, maybe introduce brown rice every once in a while instead of veggies, but I'm a veggaholic, too, so I can't judge. Just don't go overboard. I remember one time I became obsessed with carrots and I'd eat them every day... until my hands turned orange. That's when I knew I had a problem hehe.

My dad went through a banana phase and landed in the hospital because his potassium levels were out of this world.

I'm sure an expert here can answer this better.

BROOKESMOMMY18 SparkPoints: (507)
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5/26/13 1:52 P

I like salads all kinds mostly just the veggie ones with dressing on the side. Is there anything wrong with too much veggies or can I eat has many has I want? I heard from my doc that I should watch my fruit to just get the servings a day i am suppose to but does the same rules apply for veggies? and also how can I spice up my salads with out too much cals?

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