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Discoveries of Salad

Monday, February 18, 2013

To start off with, I should let it be known- I hate vegetables. If I liked them, then maybe losing weight wouldn't be such a problem with me! I don't like salad, cucumbers, green beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower... basically anything. It's sad, really, I just never liked them. I'm a texture eater as well as taste, and I feel that salad just tastes like nothing, which makes me want to gag.

I went to the grocery store last night after I ate dinner (because you're supposed to go shopping when you're not hungry) and I headed immediately for the fruit section. I could SURVIVE on fruit, let me tell you. Absolutely love it. If I could get away with it I probably would, but I need the protein. As it happens, the fruit is right next to the vegetables, so I stared for a while while picking out a good cantaloupe. I caved. I decided that I needed to try eating a salad again. I stood in front of the different types of pre-bagged lettuces and stared. For like 10 minutes. I don't know ANYTHING about salad. So I grabbed what looked familiar- iceberg lettuce. I then started thinking of what to put ON the salad. The vinaigrette dressings were right there next to the salad so I browsed through them and chose an Italian dressing that only had 90 calories per serving. Then I walked by the Organic section... and hit the mother load.

I found a salad dressing that is Sugar Free, Fat Free, and Calorie Free. Honest to God.

It's from Walden Farms- this is Italian dressing, but my husband chose Ranch, and they have blue cheese as well as several others. I'm ecstatic to find this. With this in mind, I was even happier to try salad, because I knew that I would want to eat more dressing than normal. You know, to hide the non-taste of the lettuce.

Today I tried my salad, and I put probably two cups of lettuce in a bowl. I then put about a quarter cup of cheese and then a little bit of sunflower seeds. Then I drizzled some dressing.

I ate all but probably half a cup, because I realized I just need more on it. I'm not a small girl, and I need the calories and the sustenance. So, I'm going to try salad again in a couple of days and this time I'm going to add chicken to it, and maybe a different type of lettuce. Maybe romaine? What is recommended?

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SCZKCZ 2/25/2013 2:55PM

    good for you for trying!! I have a hard time with salads because I really love a good crunch but don't want to use croutons.

I usually use baby spinach for the lettuce and I add grapes to my salad, something about the sweet with a bit of crunch. Just a thought since you like fruits. Apples are good with salad as well as strawberries.

Keep experimenting, I think you're doing great!

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KSM1634 2/20/2013 10:42AM

    If you like fruit think about adding that to your salad. Apple, pear, grapes, oranges, and all types of berries. I also like different nuts.

There are no rules to salads.

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LUNABYRD 2/19/2013 6:37AM

    You might try some of the darker lettuces like bibb lettuce as well. They have a little more flavor than plain iceburg. Maybe shred some carrots since they are sweeter (think fruity). I add dried cranberries or dried cherries too. Just be careful of the extra's that you add since they also add extra calories.


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LEPETITCHIHUA 2/18/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon That is great, small steps are really good!

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PAPASMURF1957 2/18/2013 1:50PM

    The only rule that I know about salad is try it until you find what you like. Caesar salads usually have plenty of meat and cheese so try that out. Enjoy your new adventures in salad cuisine!!!

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CKSCARBERRY1 2/18/2013 1:36PM

  At least you are willing to give things a second chance and experiment to find things you like.

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