January 8, 2010 10:54 AM Subscribe
What common salad bar items provide the best ratio of weight versus nutrient value for optimal cost-effectiveness?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm doing the Metafilter Fitness Challenge on Daily Burn! Soon I shall be a slender reed again or, at least, a moderately less fat shrub. Hooray!
As part of my exercise and eating right regimen, I like to avoid the prepared foods at my work cafeteria, which mostly caters to people who like fried cream. Instead, I partake in the cafeteria's salad bar, which has a pretty standard assortment of ingredients (see below). I am looking for advice on a filling, healthy and cost-effective salad, given that all cafeterias seem to price salads based on the gold standard, with a small side salad costing approximately $450.
Thus, while I like cucumbers, I don't get them from the salad bar, because they're all water and not particularly nutritive (as I understand it). Any suggestions? I get plenty of vitamins and eat a good amount of fruit during the day, so if the most efficient "salad" is a bowl full of grilled chicken and kidney beans, that's fine with me.
I've listed below the items that tend to be available (asterisks indicate what I most frequently put in my salads). But I may have missed some things, and it does rotate, so please feel free to suggest anything.
Canned stuffed grape leaves (stuffed with what I have no idea)
Kalamata olives* (also green pimento olives, which I skip)
Melon (type varies)
Blueberries (I think)
Strawberries (I think)
Canned Mandarin orange sections
Some sort of succotash
Maybe shredded American cheese
Other odds and ends