Luckily for me, this pregnancy I have been craving salad. Like daily. So it hasn't been that hard for me to get my daily veggies in. On the other hand, I do know the struggle of choosing a healthy salad over a nice creamy pasta dish. Conversely, have you ever been to a restaurant and look at the salad menu, trying to be healthy, only to discover that due to all the crazy/delicious toppings, the salad is just as bad for you as the burger. Seems counter-intuitive, right? You might as well go for the burger then.
In light of these two all too common situations, I though that I'd put together some dressing and topping ideas that will keep your salad healthy while still making it enticing to eat.
Let's start with dressings
My first go to is simply oil and vinegar. A little olive oil with a little balsamic vinegar can add some great flavor to a salad. If you are adding chicken to your salad, you can saute it in some balsamic for a blast of flavor.
If you are looking for something creamier try a cucumber yogurt dressing. Need a recipe? Here are the ingredients:
- 1 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
- 3 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon dried dill
Just throw it all in a blender until its nice and smooth. You can store it for about a week in an airtight container.
For a citrus viniagrette, try this recipe:
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
Again just blend until smooth.
Now for toppings!!
Let's start with protein. Its is good and delicious to add some lean proteins to your salad. Obviously, there's grilled chicken and hard-boiled eggs, but you can also try canned beans of all kinds, chickpeas, tofu, or water-packed tuna. You can also vary your greens. You can add romaine or spinach for a different twist. You can add a whole mix of veggies to your salad. If your salad looks like a rainbow, it is definitely more enticing to eat. Throw in some carrots, peppers, tomato, broccoli, and snap peas. You can even add some fruit to sweeten it up! Apples, mandarin oranges, and dried berries come to mind. To add some texture, how about adding some nuts? Water chestnuts, sliced walnuts. Or add some broken up whole wheat crackers instead of croutons.
OK, I saved the best for last, CHEESE! I know, cheese is the enemy. You love it but it's so high in fat content so you shouldn't put it on. Well, while I try to eat healthy, I also don't believe in depriving myself. That totally sets you up for binging later. And if you binge later, the salad was all for nought, unless you just really love salads. So here is how you can do the cheese. Pick a lower fat, high flavor cheese. Having a higher flavor option allows you to add less but still get that great cheesy flavor. A sharp cheddar or a bleu cheese or a gorgonzola, will add the flavor with a much smaller portion.
I hope you are able to use some or all of these ideas! Do you have a favorite healthy salad additive? Leave it in the comments so we all can enjoy!
Join us on our 28 day fitness challenge to transform your body in just a few minutes a day.
The perfect 90's music playlist to get your cardio on. Learn why I love having a dance party as my cardio and get my fav playlist!
Do you still watch Grey's Anatomy? I do. You know how people create drinking games to go with their favorite TV shows. Well I took that inspiration in a slightly different direction. Hence, the Ultimate Grey's Anatomy Workout.
The weather is warming up here in the Northeast and it's the perfect weather to get outside. Warm, but not too hot, park weather. Being at the park is the perfect time to get your workout in. This may not be for the super self-conscious, but its a great way to workout, spend some time outside, and let the kids run around. If you feel too awkward, maybe go to a less populated park or at a less active time. Either way, here's how to get your fitness and vitamin D all at the same time!
I love exercising. It makes me feel strong and fit. It gives me energy for my day and clears my mind. I usually like to exercise in the morning before the kids get up, but that doesn't always work out. When the baby wakes up early though, that doesn't stop me. I put together this little routine for exercising with baby that both Hailey and I love. We use it whenever she wakes up during my usual exercise time or when we just want to play together!
Mama, do you feel like you need an energy boost but lack the alone time for your normal workout? I get it, I've been there. The energy boost you get from a good workout can really counteract those sleepless nights, but it's hard to find the time, especially with a new baby. I am here to help!
It is winter which means we have little to no desire to leave the house. Who wants to suffer the cold when you don't have to. It's the perfect time for at home workouts. But what if you have exhausted your DVD collection and are bored with the same old workouts? This happens to me every so often. While I love my favorite trainers (read: Jillian Michaels and Chalene Johnson) sometimes I need to switch it up. It is at these times that I look to free online workouts to give some variety o my workouts and change things up. The following are my top 5 resources for free online workouts.
It is that time of year when foods are rich and desserts seem to be available in abundance. Even those who have a steady fitness routine throughout the year can succumb to the temptation of holiday treats. It really is hard this time of year with less opportunities to workout outdoors and more sugary treats appearing everywhere we turn. I've put together a list of tips to help us all stay fit during the holidays.
So here we are at 20 weeks postpartum. I have been unpregnant for half as long as I was pregnant. Well almost. I mean she was 6 days late. A lot has changed in the past 20 weeks. Let me update you.