Why don’t you just eat a salad?

Strawberry SaladFew questions get a chubby chicklet like me up in arms like that one.

Does salad-eating magically melt away extra pounds? As if!

Then again, maybe it’s just me. Salad and I have always had a rocky relationship: Eating like a bunny makes me want to stab one … or anything cute and cuddly (the Boyfriend had better watch out, eh?).

The key to salads I can stand is flavor. If a salad is packed with flavor, I don’t mind downing mass quantities of greens. The fiesta in my mouth tricks my brain into thinking I’m eating something more satisfying than a simple salad.

Of course, layering in a lot of flavor makes for some pretty dicey salad-making when I’m trying to follow a lower-fat diet like Weight Watchers. All the yummiest ingredients — cheese, bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado — are high in fat (and therefore, in WW Points, which I started counting … again … on Jan. 1).

So I’ll be retraining my palate … again. Watching my intake of fat. Trying to convince myself carbs aren’t the enemy.

Uh yeah. I’m going to need a lot of help.

One of  my go-to websites for healthy, Weight Watchers-friendly recipes is GreenLiteBites. Roni, a mom of two, lost about 70 pounds and has kept it off for years now.

More than 70 salad ideas are archived there. If they’re all as tasty as the Pepperoni Pizza Salad I’ve tried, perhaps I won’t have to stab someone.

Some flavor combos I love (all over a combination of lettuce/spinach/mixed greens):

— Strawberries, feta cheese and slivered almonds with a splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil

— Taco salad, lightened up with grilled chicken, grilled onion and bell peppers, cheddar, salsa and Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream)

— Steak with bacon and blue cheese dressing (Atkins holdover. Sorry I’m not sorry.)

I’m also a big fan of the Berry Almond Chicken Salad from Wendy’s (which they probably don’t have at this time of year) and the BLT Cobb (which again is one of my fave low-carb go-to salads. I haven’t checked the WW Points on that sucker, but I imagine it’s off the charts.)

How about you? What are your favorite salads? I’m all (bunny) ears if you have any tips on how to add flavor to greens without adding a lot of fat.

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2 thoughts on “Why don’t you just eat a salad?

  1. I love salad! My current fave is a copycat Olive Garden. I don’t know how healthy it is for me, but I like to pretend it’s amazingly healthful. 😉

    The best of luck to you with the WW!

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