is in Your Salad?
Recently I was in Wisconsin doing some cycling over the
weekend. We were staying in a hotel without a kitchenette,
because I figured I would be able to get enough “Monkey
food” at the restaurants we patronized, plus we were
only there for the weekend. Well, that was certainly not
the case! I was inundated with iceberg lettuce with the little
tomato slice for salads and canned vegetables for side dishes;
not to mention the MSG-containing foods! You may think I’m
crazy, but this is NOT the way to eat a salad! Salads are
a great way to get in those extra veggies that have all those
wonderful health benefits – fiber, water, vitamins,
minerals, phytochemicals, and the list goes on…
Many people think of salads as a little side dish or an
appetizer. They are very happy to get iceberg lettuce with
a half of cup of thousand island dressing overflowing the
sides of the plate. I’ll admit, that is a mighty tasty
concoction, but it’s not healthy for most people! Well, any people!
Make your salad a nutrient power house!
We at Hauser Diet Central think that vegetables are the key
part of what salads are all about! You can obtain nearly
all of your nutrients from a salad if you make it correctly
and think outside the bowl, I mean box! Salads are not
just for sides any more! Think of your salad as a place
where you can let your creative juices flow and add great-tasting
nutrients at the same time!
tips for making a nutrient power house salad:
a nutrient-rich lettuce such as Mesclun greens, chopped
romaine, spring mix, or arugula/spinach. No more iceberg lettuce!
Add some color: Add colorful nutrient-dense
veggies such as chopped tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini,
carrots, green beans, peas, red/green/orange sliced
bell peppers, mushrooms, squash, beets, asparagus,
red cabbage to name a few of my personal favorites!
All Hauser Diets can have these foods!
Add a little bit of sweetness
for flavor: Bears, Monkeys,
and Giraffes can add a few halved red or green grapes,
chopped apple slices, or grapefruit/orange slices.
Otters can use just a touch of fruit and Lions need
to stay away from fruit, but can choose sweeter vegetables
such as carrots and squash, and of course, my all-time
favorite the avocado!
Add a little crunch: Try adding a few chopped nuts,
seeds, beans, or legumes. Lions and Otters can pile
on the nuts and seeds because of they need the fat.
Bears and Monkeys can have a few nuts, but Giraffes should stick to the legumes and beans. Garbanzo and
green beans or black beans with a little salsa on top
make great salad toppers that not only provide fiber,
but a vegetarian source of protein.
Top with Fresh herbs: I just love
some chopped fresh cilantro, dill, or basil in my salad
greens. People have commented, “What makes this
salad taste so great?” The secret is in the herbs!
Add some protein: Lions and Otters
particularly require additional protein wherever they
can get it and can make a salad a meal by adding some
sliced turkey or roast beef; or mix things up with
a little tuna and chopped hard boiled eggs. Monkeys
and Giraffes should use lean protein sources such as
fish or legumes.
Add a little zest from the onion
family: One way to
really pack some flavor into a salad is to sprinkle
in something from the onion family— red, white,
yellow onions chopped or in rings; chives or green
onions make great toppers; and of course, fresh garlic
is not only delicious, but nutrient-packed as well,
and may just help lower your blood pressure too!
Make homemade salad dressing: Don’t
take your beautiful salad and top it with chemical-laden,
food dye colored bottled salad dressing. I am seriously
telling you that it is not hard to whip up a salad
dressing today! Check out www.hauserdiet.com
for some fast and easy recipes.
Make your basic delicious vinaigrette
with 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar, and a dash
of salt and pepper (alter that ratio depending on your Diet
Type). We love to add a teaspoon of plain yogurt or
sour cream for a creamier dressing or a teaspoon of
raw honey for a little added taste. Zip up your basic
dressing with some fresh chopped herbs or salad dressing
herbs from a place like www.penzeyspices.com.
You will love it!
|General Tips for Making Salads:
Buy fresh and organic if possible!
Keep things on hand to add to salads such as chopped nuts,
fruits, tuna, eggs, and oil/vinegar/herbs that are specific
to your Hauser Diet.
Start with a few of the above recommendations and work on making
more out of your salads!
Consciously add salads into your meal plans. Bring a salad
to work for lunch today! You can make a meal out of it!
Think outside the salad bowl, I mean box and be creative!