Give Your Salad Some Love

Salad can be as boring or as exotic as you want it to be. I personally prefer salad with a little more excitement, but that’s only because I’m a dull person who gets her kicks from food. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Greek
  • Tomato Cucumber
  • Ecuadorian Avocado
  • Strawberry and Spinach
  • Caesar
  • Asian Chicken Salad

Like most, I too gag at the thought of choking down dry lettuce with a few croutons and a handful of shredded cheese. I need some substance! So for those of you who are trying to get on board with salads, but don’t know where to start, allow these ideas (courtesy of Women’s Health magazine) to guide you to a better “rabbit food” experience.

Load up your salad and kiss tiny portions goodbye.

  1. Get creative with your base. Lettuce isn’t the only way to go when tossing together a salad. In fact, although healthy, lettuce falls behind dark, leafy greens such as spinach when it comes to nutritional value. In the mood for zesty? Try arugula!
  2. Pump up the protein. Add some lean protein, such as chicken or fish, to your salad to help stay fuller longer. Beans and tofu are also a great source for those who abstain from meat.
  3. “Taste the rainbow.” Get creative and try to incorporate each color of the rainbow. Throw together some spinach, strawberries, blueberries, tangerine slices, purple cabbage, and drizzle with a little lemon juice and some kind of vinaigrette dressing. Yum!
  4. Toss in something soft. Cheese is the perfect way to give variety and texture to your salad. A little goat or feta cheese is a perfect way to add tang to a dull salad.
  5. Fire up the flavor. Spicy, tart, or sweet flavors can really make a boring salad come to life. Short of supplies? Grab the black pepper shaker and let it fly!

For more tips and ideas, http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/salad-tips?cm_mmc=Dose-Newsletter-_-656680-_-08042011-_-readon.

I’ll leave you with this wonderful, EASY recipe I found while searching for a meal to bring in as my Spanish presentation when I was in college. My roommates at the time tried it before I took it in and agreed that it was pretty tasty.

If college taught me anything it was that avocado pits have no place in a garbage disposal.

INGREDIENTS

2 avocados, diced in medium-sized cubes

2 medium tomatoes, diced the same size

*½ red onion, finely chopped

*1 ½ lemon, juice of

1 or 2 tsp of salt

3 tbsp cold water or olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Dice tomatoes and avocados and gently toss together. Be careful not to mash the avocado.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the chopped onion, 1 tsp of the salt, lemon juice, and water or oil together. Taste and add additional salt of needed.
  3. Pour mixture over tomatoes and avocados and serve plain or over rice.

*I find that ½ red onion and 1 ½ lemons is too strong, so adjust the ingredients according to your personal tastes. I usually stick with a little more than ¼ of a red onion and 1 lemon.

1 serving has 180.5 calories and the recipe serves 4.

Healthy Choice of the Day: I had 1 cup of broccoli and 1 cup of zucchini for lunch instead of my usual cottage cheese and pita. Immediately negated when I posted the picture below.

A little throwback to my freshman year.

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