Sunday, March 16, 2014

The "Healthy" Salad for the Salad-Challenged Folks (like me...)

I don't know about you, but the thought of eating straight grass with absolutely NO flavoring whatsoever has not and probably will not EVER appeal to me.

Now I will admit these past few days, I have not been sticking to the straight fruit, straight diet thing like I planned. But ultimately, I still lost an inch off of my waist and hips and I think it's because I've been paying attention more to the nutrients I take in rather than the calories and whatnot. I'm not saying I'm a dieting expert (and with all the things dieters want you to give up and take on, I'll probably never be...) but usually, even if I eat something people would deem unhealthy (like fried chicken..... :} lol), I keep several nutrients in mind. Make sure the item has alot of protein, low in carbs would be GREAT (but not always thought about) and low sodium. More protein helps the body repair faster after a workout and also keeps you fuller longer. Though you do need carbs, it's best to keep that level rather low since the body goes to the carbs first to repair. If it runs out of carbs, it takes from the protein and walah, faster weight loss. I'm still researching carbs though sooo, yeah. Don't take my word for it just yet. And of course, sodium keeps you bloated. The less of sodium, the more of your actual progress you'll see come the next morning.

Mostly, my thing has been just to eat protein when I feel I can't eat healthy cause at least this unhealthy food will provide SOME sort of benefit. And I can make a better choice next time.

With that being said, I present to you the SALAD for the Salad-Challenged.

I hate bland leafy greens for all they stand for if they're not seasoned or flavored in any kind of way. So this recipe may not be the "ideal healthy salad", but for the people who are scared to even LOOK at the salad bar in a resturaunt, try this. Chock full of protein and flavor. I promise. ;)

  • Spring Mix Lettuce (or whatever lettuce you prefer, just get some GREENS in ya!!)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Summer Sausage (cut 3 slices, and divide those into about 4 to 5 strips)
  • Pre-cooked grilled chicken
  • Garlic croutons
  • Ranch Dressing
Umm, I measured NOTHING. lol (this recipe sucks! lol) but I used about 1.5 handfuls of everything literally. So much protein, low in carbs, not sure about the calories but I'm sure it's probably around 300 cals. To bring this down might want to find a different dressing, that alone is 140 pretty much empty calories. I LOVE this salad! It's low in carbs, low in fat, and high in taste. I promise you. I don't like squeaky clean lettuce leaves either. Bleh!

Someone once told me, it's okay to add a bit of "unhealthy" to your "healthy" sometimes because you're eating it in small amounts and gradually eliminating them. It's not like you're sitting there drinking down a bottle of ranch dressing. So enjoy your health foods now and make it more serious later on.

The point of this recipe is to get you in the game. Cause some people (like me) just can't jump into fresh salad with no toppings and no DRESSING ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!???!?!!! lol

I'm done.

keep calm
♥ and keep it coily ♥

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