Salads are a nutritious meal to include into your day. A salad will bulk up your vegetable intake, they are fast easy meals to prepare, and they are full of vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, salads quickly become boring! Here are a few tips on how to sass up your everyday salad;
Mix up the greens! Instead of sticking to your “favorite/usual” green, venture out and try new leafy greens. Discover a new and exciting favorite. Try; spinach, arugula, spring mix, boston bibb, or cabbage.
Add texture! Adding a different texture to a salad will add some unexpected pleasant surprises. A bowl of only lettuce will become boring but think outside the bowl… Avocado will add a creamy rich texture, baked tortilla strips will add a satisfying crunch, or roasted sweet potatoes will add a pleasing smooth texture.
Switch up the protein! Put down the grilled chicken and try something new! Grilled chicken is a great lean protein source; however, grilled chicken can become a snooze. Try a crab cake, seared ahi tuna, or roasted pork tenderloin. When building your salad you want to include some protein, but the protein does not have to be from an animal source. Try a different plant-protein; grilled tofu, roasted cashews (portion control), black beans, or edamame.
Include some color! We eat with our eyes; adding fun colors to your salad will make the salad look far more appealing. Eat the rainbow; roasted beets, red peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, kiwi, strawberries, or carrots.