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CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (212,451)
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7/18/13 10:47 P

Seeds, nuts, avocado (straight up or as guacamole), cheeses (blue cheese, goat cheese, feta cheese, shedded parmesan, etc.), egg... all of these can be really delicious. I went through a phase where I HAD to have blue cheese crumbles on my salad, but I'm having a feta kick this summer. Sometimes a spoon full of sunflower seeds is really tasty, and adds some nice crunch.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,292
7/18/13 6:17 P

I never particularly cared for salad dressing til I found a low fat raspberry vinaigrette. And then a "full fat" vidalia onion dressing. Yummy!!

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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7/18/13 10:32 A

I buy 100-calorie packs of guacamole and spread them on my salads, and/or I mix in a handful of nuts.

AMANDANCES Posts: 2,048
7/18/13 8:20 A

These are great ideas!!! Thank you!!!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (248,191)
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7/17/13 12:15 P

when I get tired of salads, I switch to wraps -
Flat Out Flax Seed wrap, spread on some guacamole (or hummus with diced olives), add a big pile of spring mix, roll up and enjoy. You can also some onion, red pepper strips, asparagus, etc.

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
7/17/13 12:15 P

Cheese would be a good addition to salads. Cubed or sticks would be nice with just raw veggies, as is hummus.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
7/17/13 12:08 P

I'm not a fan of olive oil on salads (just tastes weird to me), so I use toasted sesame oil --- the darker, nutty flavour works well for me, especially on spinach and more bitter greens.

I also like to add hemp hearts, for a bit more fat and protein.

LAUROBNAT Posts: 217
7/17/13 11:28 A

I didn't like the taste of vinegar either until I tried truly good balsamic vinegar. It is more expensive that the cheap grocery store kind but it lasts longer.
I get it from the Olive Tap - the taste if awesome and my family hates when I use any other kind of salad dressing.
I usually drizzle 1 tbls each Olive Oil and Balsamic on a salad that serves 3.

Another salad topping I love is fresh salsa and avocado.

I also like to use fruit/nut combo with a little goat cheese.

I love salad I even eat it at breakfast with cottage cheese topped with fruit or salsa.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/17/13 10:34 A

Sunflower Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds/pepitas
Pine Nuts
Other types of Nuts

Chunked cheese
Feta or Cheddar or Mozzarella, for instance

Chopped meat or fish

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,295
7/17/13 10:19 A

You can obtain some fat if you mix your salad lettuce with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese or skim ricotta.....or how about sliced almonds as they are low in saturated fats, and walnuts have healthy fats that protect your heart. Yes, avocado too! Maybe mix your lemon with a little olive oil. Black Olives also have healthy fats and so do Macadamia nuts they are rich in monounsaturated fat

Pine nuts...a tablespoon of pine nuts eaten right before a meal will help you eat less because this healthy pinolenic acid triggers a rise in two hormones that turn off hunger, according to reports made by the Journal Lipids in Health and Disease.

You might also want to try Sesame Seeds on top your salad and even on your veggies.... they have unsaturated fat....also sometimes I drizzle sesame oil on top as sesame oil is high in antioxidants...Sesame seeds are high in nutrition and contain many valuable nutrients ...I use them daily as they help keep my cholesterol levels down.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/17/13 10:01 A

You also do not have to have your veggies in a salad. Putting them in a stir fry will allow you to add in some oil, and rice or meat, which tastes better imo.

I don't really like the taste of salad greens by themselves, and found I really liked ranch dressing So I don't do salads often. I find vinegarette dressing lacking, and was trying to choke it down because it was " healthy ".

Even something like baked pork chops, can have rice, and greens in the pan, and the juice from the pork chops makes the rice, and green more palateable. Or a roast with potato, carrots, and onions.

Just a few suggestions for those people who want the benefit of the salad veggies, but not a huge fan of salad. These put a bit of fat with your veggies, and solve the problem also.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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7/17/13 9:49 A

Seeds are also great in salads. I like pumpkin and sunflower personally.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,229)
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7/17/13 9:47 A

Fats I like with veggies:
organic lard
organic butter
full-fat cheeses (provide CLA)
eggs (omelet)

AMANDANCES Posts: 2,048
7/17/13 9:36 A

Oh DOH!!! Nuts are the perfect answer!!! Why didn't I remember that? LOL. Thank you!!

I've tried a little olive oil on salads, but could never actually enjoy the taste. Grilled veggies with olive oil on them are delicious, but something about the oil on the raw veggies grosses me out.

I know, I'm weird. You should see the looks I get in restaurants when I order salads with no dressing.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,912
7/17/13 9:29 A

Drizzle on some olive oil.

7/17/13 9:28 A

also some butter would work! (1 tsp for me)
or try sauteeing them in a healthy oil - even indulge in some coconut oil mmmmm.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,755)
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7/17/13 9:17 A

avocado and nuts/seeds.

AMANDANCES Posts: 2,048
7/17/13 9:13 A

I know that's a lame title, but what I really want to ask is this:

If you don't like salad dressings, how can you add the fat to your salads needed to help absorb the nutrients? I'm quoting a trivia question from today:

QUOTE: You will absorb more nutrients from your veggies by eating them with a fat (such as a vinaigrette dressing). Your body can't make use of certain vitamins and antioxidants found in vegetables(beta-carotene, vitamin D, and vitamin E in particular) without a bit of fat to help process them. Ditch the fat-free salad dressing and dip your fork into a dressing made with olive oil for heightened meal satisfaction and nutrient absorption! ENDQUOTE

I don't like anything remotely vinegar-flavored, and I don't like the creamy textures of other salad dressings. (I usually just lemon or pineapple juice.) What are my options for adding fat to my daily salads to help absorb nutrients? I sometimes add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of Feta cheese -- will that work, or is not the right kind of fat?

Thank you!!!

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