Eat a power salad to fuel your day
I’m really into salads. I don’t mean I like to eat them a lot. I mean I’m totally salad-crazed to the point where it’s a little embarrassing. Most days I bring a salad for lunch. I toss it with dressing in a big bowl and then I try and put it on a plate. But inevitably my salad is so large that it’s hanging off the plate and I’m losing lettuce off the side as I go sit down to eat.
Around the EatingWell Test Kitchen, when we decide on serving sizes for our salad recipes , we often judge them on whether they’re a “Jessie-sized portion” (falling-off-the-plate) or a normal portion. We usually come up with a reasonable compromise that’s plenty generous and will fill you up. To me the fact that you can have a big delicious serving of salad without going overboard in terms of calories is awesome. I don’t like to feel I have to eat a skimpy, wimpy little serving in order to watch my weight. And salads are perfect for that. (Check out the video I did with Nicci, our nutrition editor, on ways you can eat more and lose weight. )
One of the ways I make a salad substantial enough for a meal is to add a little protein, such as some lean meat, eggs, beans or shrimp, like in this tasty Green Goddess Salad recipe .
Here are three more of my favorite salads that are filling enough to be a main course:
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Jessie Price , Health Blog
Jessie Price is the editor-in-chief of EatingWell magazine. Besides her work on 11 other EatingWell books, she is the author of the James Beard Award-winning The Simple Art of EatingWell and EatingWell One-Pot Meals. She lives in Charlotte, Vermont where she stays busy growing her own vegetables in the summer and tracking down great Vermont food products when she’s not working.
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