SALAD! Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? But I’ve found that the more I eat them, the healthier I feel,…really! And now I really look forward to my salads, although I haven’t quite screamed for one yet.
I’m fortunate that I work in an environment of caring and giving people. In fact, at times, they give TOO MUCH. i.e. warm chocolate chip cookies, jars of candy, fresh out of the oven garlic bread sticks, donuts, strudel, the list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on…I think you get my point.
So when it comes to will power, I’m a bit….shall we say, challenged. That’s why this blog and my renewed sense-of-self are so important to me. A support system is KEY when it comes to transforming your life. That’s pretty big stuff when you think about it, so it’s not going to be a cake walk…sorry for the analogy. Here at work, Tom (Overlie) is my ”support buddy”. He gingerly calls me out on eating a piece of candy and yet encourages me when I’m doing well. And it’s great that he’s a healthy eater. For example, take a look at this salad HE made.
Doesn’t this look delicious? He tends to come with a gorgeous, yes gorgeous, salad almost every day. That’s how I started getting hooked on them – and loving them! I asked him his secret of coming up with something different and so tasty nearly every day. He generally uses “leftovers”. Potatoes, fruit, beans, veggies, and of course the protein of the day which generally is grilled chicken. He says it has to have a lot of variety and apparently isn’t a big fan of the “wimpy” salad. He also adds chopped nuts, sometimes toasted nuts like, almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower, etc. I asked if I could share his homemade salad dressing, and after a little coaxing, I got it out of him – kind of. He starts with a good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Adds a dash of Dijon mustard (to your liking),…a little honey, salt and pepper and fresh chopped herbs…and it’s GREAT! Adds just enough “oomph” to the salad while also allowing you to savor the flavor of everything in it!
And check this out…if this isn’t incentive to realize the benefits of eathing healthy…nothing will be!
Other things you could add: Boiled eggs, raisins, dried cherries, avocados, cooked noodles, pears, apples, blueberries, strawberries or mandarin oranges with thinly sliced onions. (yummy, especially with spinach leaves), mushrooms, asparagus, beans, peas, corn, red/green/yellow peppers sliced thin, tomatoes, crumbled or strips of bacon (BLT salad), ham, turkey, shrimp and I really loved rare steak sliced thinly with just a few spinkles of blue cheese or goat cheese – only a little pine nuts, crumbled peanuts (just a few tablespoons). Really, the list is endless. Get creative and share more ideas with me here…and who knows, maybe we’ll all be screaming for salad in no time at all!
Thanks to my Contributing Editors (from left to right): Jared Ransom/Reporter, Stephen Rydberg/Producer, Nicole Goodrich/Reporter, Donnie Forti/Content Manager, Tim Strauss/Director, Ben Chambers/my TV son AND Producer!
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This post was written by email@example.com on January 24, 2013