Feeling bored of your basic salads? We’ve put together a guide to help you take your salad game to the next level. Use these tips to create a healthy, filling, and most importantly delicious meal that’s anything but boring. The best part about this guide is that you can continue to mix it up with different flavor combinations.
Step 1. Let’s start with about two cups of your favorite dark, leafy greens. We like spinach, kale, or mixed greens!
Step 2. Pack on the nutrients! Top your greens with fresh fruits and vegetables to boost the vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Add about 1 -2 cups of your favorite, in-season produce.
Step 3. Protein will help keep you full and satisfied. Let’s add about 1/2 cup of lean protein to your salad. Grilled chicken, fish, lean beef, beans, quinoa, tofu, or lentils are all great options!
Step 4. Cheese will add a delicious, salty flavor to your salad. A little goes a long way in flavor so stick to about 2 Tablespoons. Feta, queso fresco, and mozzarella are our staples!
Step 5. Top with some healthy fats. Healthy fats are an important nutrient for our bodies and out brain health. Add about 1 -2 Tablespoons of nuts and seeds or give your salad a creamy flavor with 1/2 of an avocado.
Step 5. Skip the processed, store-bought dressing and make a vinaigrette at home! Simply combine olive oil, an acid or vinegar, and your favorite herbs and spices. Toss your salad with about 1 -2 Tablespoons. Store the rest in a mason jar to use later.
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