Here's some variations to help you get the hang of being adventurous with salad combos. Salads are a great way to help you get your 5-7 fruits plus veggies a day for “Healthy Habit #!” Salads don’t have to be just lettuce, tomato, cucumber. Mix and match any kinds of greens, fruits, veggies, a few nuts to discover what combos you like. Here’s some colorful examples to try:
#1 Romaine lettuce, celery, carrot, tomato, mushrooms, chopped red cabbage. Top with your choice of low calorie dressing (60 calories or less/Tbsp) (By the way a wedge of crisp red cabbage makes a delicious snack – taste tested by my grand kids)
#2 Simple and delicious - Romaine, dried cranberries, orange, celery – toss on your choice of almonds or walnuts; balsamic, raspberry, or red wine vinaigrette all add zip.
#3 Make a lunch salad - Mixed baby greens, orange, blackberries, red cabbage – add some garbanzo beans (aka chick peas); balsamic is yum on this
#4 A super supper Salad - Brown rice cooked with almonds, (I made a big pot over the weekend to have during the week) on a bed of romaine, topped with red kidney beans, fresh asparagus, add a little chopped parsley, slices of orange and balsamic vinaigrette (I like Bolthouse – low in fat, low in sodium, great taste.)
Don’t be limited by what you’re used to seeing as “a salad”; keep inventing different combos. For example, I’m just thinking that apple could be yummy in #2, and pineapple in #3. Most of all - Just have fun!