Sometimes salads can be boring. That needn’t be. There are many trends out there that can add some pizzazz to your salad. The Victor crew suggests some of the following ideas:
To a green salad, add berries, apples, or other fresh seasonal fruit. Grapes or cherries are also good. If there aren’t any seasonal fruits you want to add, try dried cranberries or other dried/dehydrated fruits.
Another nice addition is nuts. You can even easily make your own candied nuts to toss in. Use some raw almonds and toss with olive oil and honey and maybe some cinnamon and roast in the oven for about 20-30 mins on low. You can make a bunch and freeze them for another time. You can do the same with pecans or walnuts too.
You can grate some cheese in your salad as well. Try using the “ribbon” side of your grater or the ribbon microplane and use cheese such as asiago or fontinella (not fontina).
As for greens, try some different types like spinach (strawberries go well with this), romaine, baby lettuce, spring mix, arugula mix, or mixture of any of them.
There are many different salad dressing that you can use with these salads. Usually vinaigrette goes well. There are different types that would work – sometimes a sweet one such as raspberry vinaigrette works well.
What is the difference between legumes and beans? The Victor crew wanted to find out in detail what the details are behind these classifications. So here is what we found out:
All beans are always legumes but not all legumes are beans.
A legume is a plant with a fruit that grows as a pod, BUT not all plants with pods are legumes. Legumes are made up of beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts.
Legumes are low in fat, do not contain cholesterol and are rich in fiber and nutrients. They are a great source of protein.
A bean refers to the seed of a variety of plants and include green beans, lima beans, soybeans, chickpeas, kidney beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas.
Since all beans are legumes, perhaps it’s not so important to figure out which are which. Peanuts are not really nuts at all but considered legumes.
Beans and legumes are easy to incorporate into a variety of dishes. Toss some lentils in with your brown rice or some beans in your soup.
The Victor crew found some suggestions for healthy snack for weight loss on health.com. Here are some of their suggestions:
Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey – it’s good to have snack with some protein so you will feel full longer
Grapes and walnuts – this will add fiber as well as protein
KIND Healthy Grains Bar – sometimes these are in the health section or even at the checkout stand of your grocer.
Edamame – or soybeans, this will provide fiber and protein as well.
Wheat Thins and cottage cheese – you can use the cheese like a dip – this will give you protein and fiber.
Mediterranean hummus tray – this might include cucumbers, olives, hummus (1/4 cup), tomatoes
Oatmeal and blueberries – Think outside the cereal box and eat this anytime you need a pick-me-up.
Banana with peanut butter – One tablespoon of peanut butter spread onto a small banana.
Popcorn – go easy on the additives. Use a hot-air popper.
Apple slices with cheese – a small apple with a half-inch slice of cheese fits the bill here
Cheerios and soynuts – mix half-cup of Cheerios with 1/4 cup roasted salted soynuts
Turkey rolls – roll up five slices turkey breast with two roasted red peppers and you have a bread-less sandwich
Pear slices with almond butter – Dip your pear in a tablespoon of almond butter, add some cinnamon.
Most likely you do. Our bodies sometimes need a pick-me-up mid-afternoon to help get us through the day. Are your snacks healthy? Are they nutritious? Are they really energizing you?
Snacks with protein along with exercise help grow muscle mass and boost metabolism and increase calorie burning. Also look for fiber to imporve digestion and keep yourself from binging on fats and sugars. So the rule of thumb is to keep a snack under 200 calories with 10 grams protein and 5 grams fiber. Let’s look at some snack ideas:
An apple and skim milk. A large apple and 1 cup skim milk will fits the above parameters. It will help relieve hunger for several hours.
Cottage cheese filled avocado. Half an avocado filled with 2 ounces 1% cottage cheese.
Canned tuna on whole wheat crackers. 3 ounces of light tuna on 6 crackers.
One cup edamame.
Asparagus and hard-cooked egg. 15 spears with one hard-cooked egg.
Try experimenting with other things like yogurt, berries, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, or nuts.
Seems in some markets, everywhere you turn you see a display of pistachios. Then there are all the commercials on TV for them. The Victor crew wanted to find out if they were healthy or not. This is what we found out:
Pistachios, a member of the cashew family, grow well in hot dry climates. They grow in clusters like grapes. When we eat them, we are eating the seed kernels.
They are about 3-4 calories per nut, fewer than most any other nut. If you get them with their shells, you will eat less overall because of the time it takes to unshell them. Also, seeing the shells in front of you will make you realize how many you are eating. Pistachios contain more potassium than other nuts and they may help lower cholesterol. Make sure you buy the natural pistachios and not the ones that are dyed red. Red pistachios don’t exist naturally.