I've been trying to increase the "crunch factor" by incorporating chopped celery and sugar snap pea pods into my salads, as opposed to high-calorie croutons. It is tasty and lets me have even more veggies.
2/12/2014 10:25:34 AM
Skip the fat-free dressings and use real olive or canola oil with a flavorful vinegar & some spices. Fat-free dressings are full of sugar and chemicals.
The oil will help to absorb the nutrients in your foods better, and will help you stay full longer.
I will allow for all the above additions BUT make the salad my only meal.I may even add a small amount of meat also but there again it it my total meal not a starter to the main meal and I don't use any cheese products as that is pure fat even the lo-fat cheese is too much in a salad.
Good article and the helpful suggestion on preserving lettuce is something I will try. As a vegetarian I have salad before dinnern3-5 times per week . I now have my hypothesis confirmed. An 8 oz glass of pure fruit juice can satiate you before meals also. S if you find your self starving while preparing meals, sip a glass of fresh juice instead, dilute with water if necessary.
This is a great reminder! I ate salad almost every day - usually just lettuce, a few veggies, and some low cal homemade dressing - with lunch, and sometimes with dinner, in December. December was when I lost the most weight so far!
Gotta say though, even more than the article, I'm excited about MOM2EM1's tip for keeping lettuce fresh. I'm trying that this weekend, thank you!!
3/19/2013 11:39:40 AM
I enjoyed the article very much. It gave me a much needed confirmation that salads do help curb your appetite. My husband will not eat any fresh vegetables so I have to make 2 menus every day, so I have learned that my Tupperware containers are essential to keeping all my veggies fresh for days longer. My Romaine lettuce and Spinach keep much longer and as I cut my veggies for portion control, the other halves stay fresher longer in the Tupperware. Thanks for these refresher articles.
I have IBS, so starting meals with a salad is not a great idea for me due to the digestive issues it would cause. Therefore, I will often have a small bowl of a homemade vegetable soup instead and that serves the same purpose.
For a good while I having been trying to remember some of my eating habits that kept me thin until my 42nd birthday. What was I doing different then and now! Well, this article reminded me to EAT SALADS WITH YOUR MEALS! While growing up, along with dinner there was always a salad on the table. The salad was always lettuce or spinach or kale with tomatoes, onions of some sort of variety, bell peppers of any color that was available, some sometimes fruit such as fresh strawberries, orange section (fresh), or shredded cheese. Mostly the simple lettuces with the above listed vegetables. As i grew I would turn those salads into my actual meals by adding tuna, or chopped chicken breast! i maintained my weight until I married husband at the age of 42! He does not eat salads and when he does it is just a bowl of lettuce with thousand island dressing. When we first married he very rarely ate any green vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus(never ate this!), spinach. I found my self throwing away his bowl of salad and eventually I stopped preparing them all together. Here is where I fall short! i don't eat salad with my lunch or dinners. After reading this article, I am going to always include a green salad with dinner and lunch everyday. I am going try to get him on board with this as well, I am sure this step will help him with his diabetes!
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