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My Favorite Fall Salads


There’s no better way to up your veggie intake than to start each meal with a salad. But the old lettuce, cucumber, tomato combo can get boring in no time. My two favorites these days are spinach salad with chopped pear, pecans, and a light blue cheese dressing or romaine with apple chunks, walnuts, and a low-fat raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. If I feel like turning the salad into an entrée, I add chicken to one of the above combinations or mix together lettuce, ground turkey browned up with some salt-free taco seasoning, diced tomato and onions, a sprinkle of light cheddar and jack cheeses, and a drizzle of light salsa ranch dressing.

Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!

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