Salads are amazing because they are SO dynamic and eclectic. They’re good for you. They’re great for you. They’re crunchy, tasty, colorful, and if made correctly WILL satisfy you. There are no rules. And almost anything goes. My favorite salad, the salad I just finished consuming, consists of the following:
Toasted walnuts (or pecans)
Turnips / Radishes
Chick peas (or black beans / kidney beans)
A sliver of spicy cheese…:)
It is, in short, fantastic. And the best part is, if you don’t have something, its okay! Just improvise! Crunchy crunchy yum yum yum. Good for you, great for you, tastes amazing.
The important thing to do is make sure you pair this with a light, fat based dressing. Fat soluble vitamins are only absorbed with the presence of fat – so yes, I am telling you to consume some damn fat with your salad! Also important are carbs – the absence of grains in this salad is obvious and its definitely a good idea to have some carbs before, during or after your salad!
I plan on having some whole grain bread with peanut butter and a banana in about two hours. I like to eat every few hours so your body’s glucose levels aren’t fluctuating like mad. Also it makes for a steady release of energy instead of crazy spikes and falls.
Alot of people aren’t fans of salad. They complain that “it’s just a bowl full of leaves”. Right? WRONG!
If your salad looks and tastes like a bowl of leaves…you’re doing it ALL wrong. A good salad is a salad that has a bunch of ingredients, not just lettuce, croutons, and onions. THAT is not a salad. That is a calorie and nutrient deficient meal and you’re basically going to force your body into a binge session later on that day when you’re absolutely starving!
A good salad doesn’t have to have 20 ingredients (although I love mine that way), but it definitely shouldn’t have only 2 or 3. Some things to remember:
1. Vegetables on their own are chock full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. But they are NOT significant contributors to your daily protein requirements. That’s why you MUST always put something in your salad thats got substance. Whether its half a cup of black beans, or grilled tofu, you are going to drive yourself insane eating salads with only vegetables.
2. Don’t make the rookie mistake of getting a salad and filling it with such a large amount of cheeses, nuts, and creamy dressings that the salad actually becomes unhealthy. Just because its a salad DOESN’T mean by default its healthy. A salad, just like anything else, can be made pretty damn unhealthy if you want it to be!
3. Basically, just fill your salad with a good balance of yumminess and healthiness. You will be happy. TRUST ME.
And the best part is…salads make you feel beautiful 🙂