When you want something with more texture than lettuce or kale, buy some green cabbage, says Traci D. Mitchell, a nutrition coach and creator of the 40-Day Shape Up. At only 17 calories per shredded cup, it's also inexpensive and nutritious. "Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning it has strong cancer-fighting properties, especially when eaten raw," she says. "Plus the black beans in this meal make a great vegetarian protein alternative, provide plenty of fiber, and have been shown to regulate blood sugar levels."
Mix 1/4 head shredded cabbage, 3/4 cup rinsed and drained canned black beans, 1/2 cup diced tomato, and 1/4 cup each diced red onion and diced orange pepper. For the dressing, combine 1/4 cup salsa and 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons plain yogurt and pour over salad.