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Salads.......how I love thee!

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Pollywog39
Pollywog39 Posts: 1,730 Member
So, I've been MFPing about a year..............LOVE this place :heart: Have made many changes in how I eat, how I act, all that good stuff.

And I've decided that I love salads. Green, crispy, nummy salads. Oh, I've ALWAYS liked them, but didn't eat them very much. Too much like work to chop all that and who has time for such things? Ahhh, my secret? I buy all the stuff I need on Sundays, pack it in a big bag, bring it to work, and make a fresh, crunchy salad for lunch each day.

A year. Almost every day......and I'm NOT tired of them. I look forward to lunch! Some of my favorite things to add:

I'm a basic lettuce girl. Yeah, I know it's not the most nutritious, but I LIKE IT. A big head of plain ole lettuce.
Spinach........nummy!
Raw cauliflower - oh, I could just eat that whole head!
A radish or two - adds color and crunch!
Cukes or zucchini

Then maybe an egg or chopped ham or turkey, for some protein.

Blue Cheese dressing (light) and a bit of French, too.

Never tire of 'em!!!

What's your favorite food that you NEVER tire of?
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  • WhatDoesLisa
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    Umm..buttercream frosting. It is my favorite food group. It is hard for me to get the sugar/fat monkey off my back. More power to you since you love salads!

    Oh, ok I have one healthy one..halibut. I could eat it 5 out of 7 days.
  • Pollywog39
    Pollywog39 Posts: 1,730 Member
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    I can avoid the frosting pretty much, but you put a piece of chocolate, fudgy cake in front of me? Oh dear...............


    better get back to my salads :blushing: :blushing: :blushing:
  • gloriapiz55
    gloriapiz55 Posts: 73 Member
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    Me too, love my lunch salads.. I make it the night before after I clean up from dinner. I use those Zip lock bowls that come with the little tiny bowl that snaps into the lid.. it fits 2 tablespoons of dressing.

    I do:

    Spring mix
    petite baby carrots
    grape tomatoes
    cukes
    red onion
    a tsp of craisins


    Fave dressings: Wishbone light buffalo ranch or light french or light ranch, sometimes a light balsamic

    for protein I do a can of swanson white meat chicken drained, tuna, boiled egg, cold cut meats or some left over meat from dinner.

    Never tire of this yumminess!!
  • head_in_rainbows
    head_in_rainbows Posts: 290 Member
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    spinach, gorgonzola, strawberries, spring onion and dressing (one teaspoon of olive oil, splash of soysauce and one teaspoon of honey + peper)

    chopped fennel, lettuce, tomato, onion, garlic, olives, reddish, + vinegret
  • nortx
    nortx Posts: 130
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    Pollywog39, congrats on getting healthy. I am on the same journey and feeling so much better. I have re-introduced fruit and vegetables into my diet after so many years of having my doctor tell me not to eat these foods because of a digestive health issue I have. Now, I am eating 95% of my diet from fruit, vegetables and fish of all types.

    My salads are almost daily foods and I add all the regular stuff, red lettuce (easier on the tummy), tomatoes, sweet red peppers, zucchini of all colors (chopped or in ribbons), tiny sweet carrots... anything else I can find.

    For a dressing, I mix 2 Tablespoons of Pace Picante and 1 Tablespoon of either Hellmann's Low Fat mayo or So Delicious gluten/dairy free plain yogurt. This makes quite a lot of dressing and is delicious. It's creamy with a bite.

    Once again, Pollywog39, good luck, I admire you!:flowerforyou:
  • verptwerp
    verptwerp Posts: 3,659 Member
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    I eat at least one salad a day ..... some combination of .......

    Greens
    Chopped veg
    A bit of cheese
    Nuts
    Beans
    Fruit
    A bit of protein

    With plain rice wine vinegar ..... or Newman's LIme Vinaigrette ..... or just lemon or lime juice .....

    My husband likes iceberg lettuce & bluecheese dressing ...... mostly he eats what I give him, but every so often he gets his favorite salad :drinker:
  • samblanken
    samblanken Posts: 369 Member
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    I eat at least one salad a day ..... some combination of .......

    Greens
    Chopped veg
    A bit of cheese
    Nuts
    Beans
    Fruit
    A bit of protein

    With plain rice wine vinegar ..... or Newman's LIme Vinaigrette ..... or just lemon or lime juice .....

    My husband likes iceberg lettuce & bluecheese dressing ...... mostly he eats what I give him, but every so often he gets his favorite salad :drinker:

    Ohhh now I have to go find Lime Vinagarette that sounds yummy!
  • Pollywog39
    Pollywog39 Posts: 1,730 Member
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    Mmmm, yes...........

    I like some of your ideas, folks!

    I've tried other dressings, but also go back to that Blue Cheese/French combo.........it makes me so happy! I like some of the oriental tasting dressings, too.

    I've never put beans in a salad - are you talking green beans, or more like garbanzos & such?
  • Robinsond61
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    Being a college student, I get some off looks by my apartment mates about eating so much salad. I'm a big guy but I just can't get enough. I usually 'beef' up my salads. I buy the pre-packaged stuff from trader joe's just for the convenience factor, then chop in a cucumber and a couple carrots. I top it off with a couple ounces of lite turkey slices, or roast beef slices, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, and a bit of oil & vinegar. A low calorie filling meal all in 1 bowl! Keep on eating that rabbit food!
  • RachelLovitt
    RachelLovitt Posts: 35 Member
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    rice wine vinegar .

    Rice wine vinegar has got to be the BEST salad dressing ever!

    And garbanzo beans are delicious in a salad, as are any other bean...

    Finally, I love a bit of cilantro for freshness, though I know some people feel that it tastes like soap.
  • stephenson2012
    stephenson2012 Posts: 94 Member
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    Another salad lover. I like fresh spinach. I usually get the 50/50 mix with spinach. I fill a glad bowl with lid with mix and then through in cherub tomatos and mushrooms. I usually add carrots and broccoli and then Balsamic vinegar & oil dressing. I do it in the morning when I am fixing breakfast and make llunch for that day.
  • RachelLovitt
    RachelLovitt Posts: 35 Member
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    I usually 'beef' up my salads.

    I love throwing leftover beef, chicken, pork or seafood into my salad, too.
  • xshortiex
    xshortiex Posts: 120 Member
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    Granola.
  • Vonnie2006
    Vonnie2006 Posts: 246 Member
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    My favorite salad of all time: spinach, gargonzola cheese, strawberries, walnuts, craisins and grilled chicken breast on and Newman's Light Raspberry Walnut Vinagiarette (sp?)

    My new discovery. (1) I'm a light dressing girl, never was a fan of ranch or any other creamy dressing BUT I love Wedge of Lettuce, turkey bacon pieces, blue cheese and Kraft Light ranch dressing with a few baby tomatoes and cucumbers cut up on it. Nom nom nom
  • NikkiSixGuns
    NikkiSixGuns Posts: 630 Member
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    Salad lover here, too! And I'm also a basic iceburg lettuce kind of gal. Nothing wrong with other types of lettuce (as long as they're not bitter) and I LOVE spinach, but I will never turn down iceburg lettuce! I eat salad at least once a day... Usually twice.

    For veggies I love red onions, broccoli, bell pepper, white mushrooms, pepperoncinis, pickles, olives (black or green, but preferably no pimiento), roasted peppers, and cucumber.

    As for other stuff... chopped Ball Park smoked turkey hot dogs (don't knock it 'til ya try it!), Amy Lu's carmelized onion chicken burger patties, kidney beans, chickpeas, (any kind of bean, really), thinly-sliced steak, ground turkey seasoned like taco meat with a few crushed tortilla strips, a light string cheese stick shredded up (I split one over two salads), turkey pepperoni, whatever!

    We have a pizza place in town that is known for making all kinds of crazy pizzas - ones with mashed potatoes, refried beans, hamburger meat, bacon, pasta, peanut butter, pesto sauce, etc. etc. etc. You name it - they make it. Their slogan is "On a pizza???" Anyway, they will make any of their pizzas into a salad - all the toppings, just served on a bed of lettuce and/or spinach. OH MY GOSH THEY ARE TO DIE FOR! They have inspired me to put all kinds of stuff on my salads. If it's good off a salad, it's probably good on one! Hey - I'll try anything once.

    As far as dressing... I like 'em with just salt & pepper or some really good pico de gallo salsa. Ahhh!!! So delish!
  • Pollywog39
    Pollywog39 Posts: 1,730 Member
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    Being a college student, I get some off looks by my apartment mates about eating so much salad. I'm a big guy but I just can't get enough. I usually 'beef' up my salads. I buy the pre-packaged stuff from trader joe's just for the convenience factor, then chop in a cucumber and a couple carrots. I top it off with a couple ounces of lite turkey slices, or roast beef slices, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, and a bit of oil & vinegar. A low calorie filling meal all in 1 bowl! Keep on eating that rabbit food!

    OH, NUM!

    I try to keep my low-cal, so don't usually add cheese (maybe a piece of cut up lite string cheese), but your salad sounds awesome!!!
    Mine is usually in a huge bowl, too. I think I get all my veggies in that one meal, so don't have to think about that part of my nutrition for the rest of the day!
  • lind3400
    lind3400 Posts: 557 Member
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    Cottage Cheese
  • CallMeCupcakeDammit
    CallMeCupcakeDammit Posts: 9,377 Member
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    I eat them a lot too. One of my favorites is spinach with avocado, tomato, canned salmon, mozzarella and Newman's Own lite honey mustard dressing. Another is just like a taco salad without the shell...romaine, avocado, ground turkey or a cut up Morningstar spicy black bean burger, black beans, salsa and either reduced fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
  • Looser5555
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    bump for later
  • Robinsond61
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    Being a college student, I get some off looks by my apartment mates about eating so much salad. I'm a big guy but I just can't get enough. I usually 'beef' up my salads. I buy the pre-packaged stuff from trader joe's just for the convenience factor, then chop in a cucumber and a couple carrots. I top it off with a couple ounces of lite turkey slices, or roast beef slices, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, and a bit of oil & vinegar. A low calorie filling meal all in 1 bowl! Keep on eating that rabbit food!

    OH, NUM!

    I try to keep my low-cal, so don't usually add cheese (maybe a piece of cut up lite string cheese), but your salad sounds awesome!!!
    Mine is usually in a huge bowl, too. I think I get all my veggies in that one meal, so don't have to think about that part of my nutrition for the rest of the day!

    Yeah it's delicious! I do try to keep my cheese consumption down as well. 1 tablespoon on top is all i really need, that clocks in at around 50 cals (not bad for all the flavor it packs). And if i'm eating salad as a meal I'm gonna enjoy it! haha. To each their own, but it is quite nomnom inducing!