AND ADDING SOME COLOR BACK IN TO YOUR LIFE
We all know we should be adding some fresh vegetables to our diets regularly, but are you acutally doing it? Ideally, our plates should be filled with an array of fresh vegetables for EVERY meal. This can seem overwhelming. Who has the time for that??
The answer is we ALL do. IF we take a little time at the beginning of the week to prepare meals and to do a salad prep, we don't have to spend time during the week preparing each meal separately. Today I am going to give you some tips on making a great salad. With just a little preparation at the beginning of the week, you can be sure to have a fresh side of veggies at EVERY meal.
STEPS TO A GREAT SALAD:
- Start with a good base. Think dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, collard greens, Swiss chard, etc. (NOT iceberg lettuce)
- Add in as much color as you can with other vegetables. Think purple cabbage, tomato, red/green/yellow/orange bell peppers, carrots, celery, radish, cucumber, ...
- Add healthy fats like avocado, nuts or seeds
- Add protein like wild salmon, tuna, steak or chicken
- If you're craving something a little sweet add some fresh berries or a few orange slices
- Finish off with a healthy, homemade dressing like extra virgin olive oil and vinegar (remember to steer clear of those chemical-laden dressings found at the grocery store).
VOILA! Here you have a perfect meal that is packed with rich antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients & minerals, essential fats and amino acids.
Be sure to buy all of your veggies on your weekend and cut them ahead of time. (See pic below). Throw them in a tupperware and when it comes time to make your meal, you can throw down a bed a greens and top with your already-cut veggies. Have your favorite nuts and seeds on hand along with a few ripe avocados. Also, during your designated prep time, take the time to cook some meat or a meal that you can pair with a side salad.
And there you have it. Healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated. Keep it simple and remember to look for the things that Mother Nature put on this Earth as your sources of nutrition. As you can see, my dinner plates are filled to the brim with healthy foods that fill me up. When I fill myself up with healthy foods I'm not looking to snack on processed garbage and I am left feeling satisfied and in better overall health.
"The food you eat can be either the safest & most powerful form of medicine OR the slowest form of poison." -- Ann Wigmore
Cheers to Good Health,