When salad is your main course instead of a side dish, you can put lots of stuff in it (including full fat dressing) and it still winds up having a lower calorie count than many cooked meals, plus the portions are huge. Salads with plenty of fat and protein are very filling and they actually taste good.
Here is one of my favorites. It makes two portions.
Pepperoni Salad 1 bag butter blend lettuce - 20 cal. 1/4 cup crumbled feta - 100 cal. 1/4 cup pepperocini- 5 cal. 30 slices turkey pepperoni- 160 cal. 4 T full fat balsamic vinaigrette- 200 cal.
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(I live alone, so this is easy for me.) Prep your meal...have everything ready to go. Then, make & eat your first course - salad or soup - & THEN cook & eat your main course. By the time you eat the main course, you will begin to feel full from the salad (or soup) & naturally eat less.
Even when making a roast or other such longer cooking meat, don't slice it until you have eaten your first course. Meal will be hot & you body will start to send the signals to your brain that you are not as hungry as you were.
Every time we plan supper, and have salad, I change up the salad depending on what the main dish is. We vary the kinds of greens, add craisins, celery, or what have you to make it different. I also decide on the dressing based on the main course. It alleviates boredom and is soo good! 140
This is really working for me. The salad, a salad without meat, cheese, and oil-based salad dressing should be the main course. Other foods are side dishes, only to comprise a small amount of the calories being consumed.
Trust me, it works!
Dr. Fuhrman wrote a great plan called Eat to Live. It's endorsed by Dr. Oz, who wrote the forward for the book. Dr. Fuhrman suggests the salad approach, which works beautifully for me.
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