"Is This Healthy?" question #85,847,389. In an effort to start eating better, I've started to make my lunch salads for the week on Sunday nights. To stave off boredom from eating the same boring salad every day, day after day, week after week, I've collected a number of ingredients that keep my salads from making me shriek with horror. Tell me if I'm doing this wrong.
I was never much of a salad eater growing up. We simply didn't really grow up with salads as part of our diet. So I'm coming late into the game, in my 40s, with a distinct disadvantage.
So every Sunday, I crank up some music, then spend about 30 minutes making up 5 individual servings of salads to eat over the next week - mostly for lunches. I love my Vidalia Chop Wizard
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I always start my salads with a mixture of red leaf lettuce and spinach leaves as the base, and the ONLY salad dressing I use is olive oil mixed in with a sploosh of lemon juice and lime juice. Proteins - sometimes a small amount of leftover grilled chicken or steak as a topping.
Then I try to use at least 5 or 6 of any of the following items below to dress up my salads (they vary week to week, depending on what I remember to pick up at the grocery store). I find that the more different flavors and textures I can add to my salad, the more I enjoy them.
Sliced almonds or crushed walnuts
Fat free croutons
Mushrooms / cucumbers / red, green or orange bell peppers
Garbanzo or chick peas
Mrs. Dash seasonings (Lemon pepper or garlic pepper)
Low sodium feta cheese or goat cheese
2% small curd cottage cheese
Dried cranberries for a touch of sweetness
Real bacon bits (just a tiny bit)
Are any of these ingredients really bad health-wise? Any suggestions for new things I should consider adding to my repertoire?