I was at the airport recently and a girl in line next to me at Subway ordered a
I am sure she felt instantly skinnier and healthier just by ordering it.
Don’t we all?
But as I watched her pour the entire giant thing of Ranch
dressing over the top and smother it in shredded cheese it got me to thinking,
“Are salads making people fat?”
She would have saved a heck of a lot of fat grams
getting one of the six grams of fat sandwiches.
Say goodbye to iceburg!
Iceburg lettuce is basically water. Even though it isn’t not fattening in anyway it doesn’t add any nutritional value. So swamp it for greens that count! Spring green mixes or better yet baby spinach are much better choices.
Easy does it on the cheese!
Cheese is my dearest friend (!), but it sure is fattening, so use rich tasting cheeses (like blue cheese, feta, or really sharp cheddar) and then just use one tsp.
Dress for success! Creamy dressings are so fattening so try swapping out your favorite one for a yogurt based one. And many “diet” oil-based dressings have high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient. Buy all natural ones or better yet, make your own!
Add in some protein! Salads will make you HUNGRY if they don’t have any protein to satisfy you. So add chickpeas, hard boiled eggs, nuts or lean grilled chicken.
Make it interesting! We all know salads can be boring so make yours colorful and creative. Add in dried fruit, artichokes, roasted red peppers, pepitas or other flavorful components
Looking for inspiration?
My Summer Salad is so easy-and flavorful.
Hope your day is sunny and summer bright even in the midst of winter!