Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Is losing weight one of your goals? Or perhaps incorporating more fresh veggies into your diet? Something my family tries to do every at every dinner is eat a salad beforehand. Our favorite blend: Romaine lettuce and/or baby spinach, carrots, red pepper, and cucumber. The variety of colors ensures a wider array of nutrients, and darker leafy greens (rather than iceberg lettuce) are loaded with vitamins & minerals. Eating salad before a meal allows you to load up on fiber, so you feel fuller and will eat less during dinner. I keep all our salad ingredients stocked and make a fresh salad each day. I'm more likely to eat something that I've recently put effort in to make, plus the veggies are crisper this way. And the best part: trying out different yummy salad dressings!