Monday, August 17, 2009

  • Make Over Your Salads

    Tired of eating the same salad, day after day? An easy fix: Try experimenting with new ingredients, which is a great way to sneak in extra nutrients and help prevent food boredom.

    Here are a few alternatives to typical salad fixings recommended for all Phases, which can turn your next salad into a healthy meal:

    Choose a darker, more nutrient-dense green, such as baby spinach, arugula, or a spring mix, over iceberg lettuce.

    Opt for squash, eggplant, artichoke, and zucchini grilled with a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, instead of (or in addition to) more traditional ingredients, like tomatoes and cucumbers.

    Try avocado or olives for a touch of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

    Toss in grilled salmon, tuna, shrimp, or even tofu, rather than grilled chicken.

    Top with pecans, sunflower seeds, or another more exotic nut, instead of buttery white-bread croutons.

    Make your own salad dressing with a mix of extra-virgin olive oil, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Store-bought dressings are fine, too, as long as they don't contain more than three grams of sugar per two-tablespoon serving.

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