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By Chef Bethy
As we all know, when the weather gets warmer, we want to shave off those extra few pounds of winter weight. Adding salads in interesting ways can help you do just that! Raw, dark, leafy greens boost your fat-burning metabolism. Here are a few tricks to keep you palate pleased and your waistline happy.
For those of us on the run, you can finely chop your salad ingredients and put them into a wide-mouthed container. Don’t use dressing; use seeds to give extra nutrition and less empty calories. This way you can shake the salad into your mouth. Funny, but it works and you will just feel great about it.
You can turn the entire thing into a smoothie. I know, it sounds wacky! I often put a scoop of protein powder and water into a blender with a large handful of greens and some fresh cucumber and tomato. It is delicious, fast and easy.
Here are some more ideas for adding interesting and tasty ingredients to your salad.
PROTEINS: Your aim is to get three to four ounces of protein per salad unless otherwise stated. More than that and you may have a harder time digesting the meal.
Organic raw seeds
Tinned sardines with a spoonful of Dijon mustard
Any leftover fish from last night’s dinner
Cheddar cheese (1-2 oz.)
Pan-fried tofu with a little soy sauce
Dill pickle spears
Black oil cured olives
Pickled spicy green beans
Homemade pickled cucumbers
CARBS - Your aim is to get about half-cup portions. Remember, if you go too heavy on the carbohydrates, you may start your food-craving engine.
Polenta: cold from the fridge is excellent
Fresh corn off the cob
Seasoned brown rice
Cooked leftover quinoa
Chef Bethy is at 12th Street Catering in Philadelphia. This article is part of her personal journey with weight loss.“To date I have lost seventy pounds by NOT dieting and eating really well. I am healthier then I have ever been.”
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