Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Salad for People Who Don't Like Salad

I don't like salad and I don't like salad dressing. I'm also not into time-consuming cooking, what with the prep and clean up. How, then, to convince myself to eat healthy?

Start with a big bowl of greens (2 cups is a serving). We buy the tub of mixed greens or baby romaine, and just throw it in the bowl.

Sprinkle cherry tomatoes on top. These are sweeter than regular tomatoes, which make the salad more appealing to my particular taste buds. They also don't require any slicing or chopping!

Rip up some deli turkey breast (honey roasted and hickory smoked are some of my favorites) into bite sized pieces and sprinkle on top. I find that adding some meat keeps me fuller longer.

Instead of salad dressing, which is so fattening it negates the point of eating salad, I cut half an avocado into bite sized chunks and throw them in. They're creamy and tasty, and you won't miss the dressing. Avocados aren't exactly low fat, but they're nutritious and high in fiber, which lowers cholesterol.

A sprinkle of shredded low-fat mozzarella can add a little dairy to your day too.

Shredded carrots, sliced celery, cucumber disks, raw bean sprouts, hard boiled egg whites (throw out the cholesterol-laden yolks), boiled sweet green peas, a sprinkle of chopped peanuts, and so on can all add some variety to salad. Flavor variety is good, but nutritional variety is even better.

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