I was looking at my phone and all the pictures I take of my food. I’m not going to lie. My phone pretty much looks like an ode to salads (and Jeffrey..of course)! So I thought I’d talk to you about all the really awesome, totally wonderful, and healthy reasons to eat a salad.
First I want to make something clear. I am far from a healthy eater. When I met with Coach Tim I asked him if I had to do those chews when my mileage started going up because I really disliked them. He said that they weren’t necessary for a half and that I could fuel up on anything that gives a quick burst of energy. Like Jolly Ranchers or jelly beans. So this weekend I ate an entire box of See’s Chocolates. Minus the turtle like chocolates that not so mysteriously disappeared (Lucas). I may have confused his directions a little. Especially since I didn’t run at all on the days I ate them but in my defense a) they were a gift and b) they are See’s Chocolates!!! (it’s not so much the chocolate as the caramel and marshmallow. There was even a chocolate covered marshmallow caramel. I may have bitten into heaven).
But let’s get back to salad…
It’s full of nutrients. Since a lot of the foods in most salads are raw, you’re not cooking them out which means more nutrients for you.
It’s filling! On days I eat salad I can go right through dinner without wanting anything else (unless I eat the salad for breakfast, in which case I can go through lunch without a hunger twinge).
Chock-full of fiber! Keeps your cholesterol down and, you know, helps you keep your colon clear. If you know what I mean (I’m sure you know what I mean).
Not a health reason but you really can’t get bored with a salad. There are so many ways to combine things. And, really, you should be able to open up your fridge and pantry and be able to make a salad in a blink of an eye. Greens, protein, veggies, yummy fat and a little fun. Your salad is all done!
The calories on the pic are suggested only. Others might want to do 100 calories of protein and 100 calories of fun. As long as you don’t sway the calories too far in one direction you’ll be good. And I wouldn’t go above the 100 calories of healthy fats. But you can play a little in the other areas.
Have fun and eat a salad…today!
What is your favorite thing to put in a salad? When was the last time you had a salad