Sure, salads are an easy way to stick to a healthy diet, but the last thing you want to be after lunch is hungry.
You don't have to be — just boost the stay-full factor by filling your salad bowl with fiber and protein. Foods containing fiber help make you feel fuller than those without it, and they also stick around longer and help prevent hunger later. The less processed the food, the greater its fiber content, so your best bets are fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Protein also keeps you satisfied longer than processed carbs, and it offers a bonus if you work out: It provides the amino acids needed to build and repair muscles. Stick to lean cuts of meat to limit saturated fat. If you're a vegetarian, get your fix with legumes, nuts, soy, and tofu.
Make sense? Now make it interesting. A healthy salad recipe doesn't have to taste boring — take it from Jackie Keller. She combines her culinary training at the famous Le Cordon Bleu in France with her health expertise as Founding Director of NutriFit and author of Cooking, Eating & Living Well. Here, she brings you a Monday through Friday menu of satisfying — but still skinny — salad and dressing recipes.
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday Best Dressings for Healthy Salads
Orange Dressing | Avocado Dressing | Miso Dressing