Sometimes creamy salad dressings are just better. But stop myself from reaching for the cesear or ranch dressing I just add a chopped egg and half an avocado, along with a simple balsamic vinaigrette. I put a plate on top of my bowl and shake or toss really well. The egg yolk and avocado add a creamy quality while supplying my body with the good fats and some protein! Yummy.
Every 2-3 days have a "chop fest"! Fill a few tupperware boxes with lots of washed and chopped/sliced salad and veggies e.g. lettuce, carrots, cucumber, onions, mushrooms, peppers, baby tomatoes, corn, peas, beans, little broccoli florets, bean sprouts and so on.
Making your salad ahead is a time saver and keeping the greens fresh and crisp is easy. Wet a few paper towels with cold water then squeeze out the excess. Lay the paper towels over the salad and add a few ice cubes to keep cool. To serve just take the paper towels off and discard. Your salad will be nice and crisp.
I saw a friend's mom dip her fingers in a bowl of water and sprinkle it over her salad, then she would season her salad. I now do the same, and I use a mixture of different spices to add flavor. The water gives the spices and seasonings something to stick to, without turning the salad soggy!
Iceberg lettuce has a bad reputation. Which is a shame! So, here are some reasons why you should invite iceberg back into your healthy eating plan.
Regular salad dressing is full of fat and the healthier ones don't taste too good. Using plain yogurt or Greek yogurt is great, but sometimes you just want a familiar taste. I sometimes use 1Tbsp of my favorite regular salad dressing along with some citrus juice and dried herbs and seasonings. It's the salad dressing I love, but not so much of it! It helps me to "wean" myself from the unhealthier dressing as I go through my journey.
When ordering salad dressing on the side at a restaurant, donít pour it onto your salad. Instead dip your fork into the dressing before each bite of salad to get all the flavor but a fraction of the calories. Youíll be amazed how much dressing is left over at the end of the meal without feeling deprived.
Cherry tomatoes make great guilt free snack! When I open the fridge door looking for something to munch on, they are the first thing I see. They have a nice bright flavor that prevents me from grazing deeper in to the depths of the fridge. Plus, it is kind of fun to pop them in your mouth and hear them crunch! Each cherry tomato is only 3 calories. It is a great effortless way to pop in more servings of vegetables.
Switching from lettuce to spinach for salad not only gives a boost to the nutrition level but adds no calories. Sprinkle with lemon juice for flavor and forego the dressings. Zero calories added. I eat a big spinach salad every day and vary the veggies I add to it.
When I make fat free salad dressing I add a tsp of either Thick & Thin Not Starch, or xanthan gum. This makes a nice thick texture, and the dressing sticks to the salad better. It also adds healthy fiber to my diet.
Product: Fresh Express Iceberg Mix salad
I used to visualize what I'd eat from fast food before I pulled into the drive-thru! Now, I envision how it's filled with saturated fat, how off-track my nutrition tracker would be, and how it's mostly NON-FOOD! It works!
I start out my day with a breakfast salad so I can 4 servings of fruit & veggies first thing in the morning! I'll have 50g (2c) of spinach (+2) with another salad mix like Ruby Reds, with 1T of either Balsamic Vinaigrette or House Italian. Then I'll top that with 100g of fruit, (+1) and have 8oz of 100% Fruit Juice (+1). I like a lot of variety, so I'll pick different fruits and juices every time I shop. It's easy to sneak in another serving or two throughout the day.
I have learned, i still enjoy kool-aid with about 1/3 more water than recommended.. i just pour myself 2/3 a cup of kool-aid then add some cold water... I also make 1 gal of Kool-aid at a time, and only put in 1 1/2- 1 3/4 a cup of sugar in it... my family and i rarely notice the difference
I recently discovered that the vinaigrette that I've been making for years has almost 700 calories from olive oil alone! I didn't think it could taste good with any less and I preemptively felt very deprived knowing I'd have to cut out my favorite food. Last night my husband made dinner for me, along with my "regular" salad. He later told me that he'd cut the total amount of olive oil for the entire salad to 2 tbls--I didn't miss a thing! So happy I can have my salad and eat it too!
Toss some plain cheerios onto your salad instead of croutons if you want a healthy crunch! If you want to get creative, put some cheerios in a baggie and mix some seasonings with them before you throw them on the salad.
Mix a 6-oz pkg of red Jello as directed. Let set in fridge for 1 1/2 hours. Fold in 1/2 can crushed (or Tidbit) pineapple, 1/2 C grated carrots, and 1/2 C walnut haves. Stir well. Let chill for a few hours. It's scrumptious and looks great!
I like to add grilled chicken to salads. I season boneless skinless chicken breasts with different flavors of Mrs. Dash and grill them. I divide the breasts into 3 ounce servings and freeze in ziploc bags, labeling with seasoning flavor. I usually use romaine lettuce and various vegetables; I don't like salad dressing so I use salsa instead and add a serving of shredded cheese on top.