When I compose a salad as a complete meal, I usually use mixed greens, cuke, carrot sticks, tomato and some protein, such as a few ounces of shredded chicken or poached salmon. For contrast of taste and texture, I also throw in a spoon or two of chopped peanuts or chopped, spicy pecans. When I crunch on a bit of the nut in every second or third bite, bliss. It makes the salad special, substantial and satisfying.
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Keep something healthy and convenient at the front of your fridge so you can grab it quickly when you need something NOW. Whether you pre-package your own portions or use grocery store convenience foods like carrot snack packs, it will make a huge difference in what you eat if it's something easy for you to grab.
You can pre-portion salad into bowls, pre-cut vegetables for snacking, and pre-portion nuts so you don't overdo it.
I sneak in good food like veggies, flax, nuts, and beans when I cook. It means I'm eating good things but not having to think about it so much. For example, add zucchini, mushrooms and green pepper to spaghetti sauce. Or add nuts and ground flax seeds to a salad. "Supersize" your nutritional intake!
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