You know it’s good for you, so why is it so hard to learn to love salad?! If you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet then you’ve probably eaten your fair share of salads. One thing that you know can happen is that salads can get boring. And bland. And honestly, leave you still feeling so hungry that you end up stuffing your face with whatever junk you find in your pantry.
Well, it’s time to tackle the salad monster and turn it into something you actually enjoy and look forward to. Oh, yes, it’s possible to learn to love salad, and were going to tell you how!
When I open the fridge and see all of the whole veggies looking back at me, I often resort to other options simply for convenience. If you take the time at the beginning of the week to cut all your salad toppings, you will be much more inclined to actually eat them! Give yourself a whole new meaning to “fast food” so that you can simply grab, toss, and go.
Personally I love eating a salad that is full of different textures and bright colors. This also takes a little but of prep and planning beforehand, but it is so worth it. Some of my favorites include chopped roasted beets (and golden beets for more color!), diced and roasted butternut squash, sundried tomatoes, sliced avocado, and cubed roasted sweet potatoes.
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Often this is where salad eaters go wrong when it comes to the health benefits of consuming leafy greens. Store bought dressings can contain unnecessary harmful ingredients and additional calories. Making your own salad dressing is actually super easy and quick, and will even save you money. One of my personal favorites is just a little bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
A quick Google search will provide dozens of different recipes you can try. Don’t forget to add your herbs for that extra kick of yummy earthy goodness.
This is probably the best way to make eating a salad so much more enjoyable, and just about anything goes. I love adding essentially anything that I can find in my fridge, and bonus points if I get to use left overs from last night’s dinner.
One of my go-to’s for a more dynamic salad is quinoa and chickpeas. They can be added onto your bed of greens hot or cold, and taste great even with just a little salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. When I make the time to hard boil eggs, that’s always a great added source of protein, too. I also love adding seeds to give the salad an extra crunch and to pack in some healthy fats.
When I am feeling lazy, I will throw a veggie burger on top. It’s an easy way to get tons of exciting flavor, and you can even make your own veggie burgers ahead of time if you want. Lastly, I would suggest mixing up your greens. I tend to mostly eat spinach salads, but using other greens such as romaine, arugula, and cabbage can help keep things interesting.
These steps are simple and will put you on the right track to making lunch (or dinner) time much more delicious and filling. Even you can learn to love salad! Bon Appetit!