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> Avoid the Salad Slump

Avoid the Salad Slump

Posted on 11/03/2015 by Kulae

How many times do you start a diet, get to the 4th day of eating salads and want to die of boredom??  This is what I like to refer to as the Salad Slump! It doesn't have to be this way. There are so many ways you can get creative with your meals so that you don't feel like a rabbit!

Here are items I keep on hand to keep it fresh:

I buy a variety of different greens: arugula, spinach, romaine, kale or baby greens

I mix it up with colorful veggies: tomatoes, peppers, corn, peas, carrots, zucchini, red onion, celery

For morning salads I add some fruit: blueberries, grapes, strawberries, apples, watermelon, oranges or grapefruit or dried fruit

I never forget the Healthy Fat: olives, seeds, nuts, avocado, oils or cheeses

I keep yummy flavored vinegars or condiments in the house to make dressings: strawberry balsamic, coconut vinegar, rice vinegar, dijon mustard

Spice it up with fresh herbs and spices: mint, cilantro, rosemary, oregano and thyme

NOW don't think that salads have to be just lettuce.  Try my Cajun Shrimp Salad with Corn Salsa recipe.  

I always keep a few different homemade salad dressings in the fridge.  

Here are 3 of my favorite recipes:

Maple Mustard Dressing 

Serving Size= 2T

1/2 C Canola Oil

1/4 C Maple Syrup

1/4 C Cider Vinegar

2 T Dijon Mustard

2 T Braggs Liquid Aminos 

Pinch of Sea Salt

Mix it all up in the blender! If you are in my Shape Up program this is one Healthy Fat!

Tomato Vinaigrette 

Serving Size= 3T

14 oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes 

1 Garlic Clove

1 T Olive Oil

1 t Sea Salt

2 T Red Wine Vinegar

Mix it in the blender! If you are in my Shape Up program this is FREE!

Lime Avocado Cilantro

Serving Size= 2T

1 ripe avocado 

1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 1/2 limes) 

1 teaspoon grated lime zest (from 1 lime) 

1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro 

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Mix it in the blender! If you are in my Shape Up program this is one Healhty Fat!

Like the Shape Up page on Facebook!  I will be posting 2 of my favorite salad recipes there this week!


For more about Meredith's Shape Up program, you can check her out her website!

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