Post # 1
Boring lettuce salads never make me feel full, personally, so I try to add things with protein and substance to fill it out a little but it can be hard to decide what to buy to put on there while still trying to stay healthy (why must bacon bits be so bad for you?)
Today I had light canned tuna (packed in water) on top of my mixed greens with half a roma tomato (the other half made a bid for freedom and fell on the floor. bummer ) and light Italian dressing. So, my salad is totally lame today. ^_^
What do you like to add to your salads?
Post # 3
How about hard boiled eggs without the yolks?
Post # 4
The best thing to fill you up is having some kind of meat, like grilled chicken. Maybe some nuts or dried fruits as well?
Post # 5
eggs are good, as are hearts of palm. if you cook tofu in soy sauce, it is filling and flavorful and really good on salads. and don’t forget nuts and low fat cheese! Newman’s own (not sure if I spelled that right) makes a light red wine vinegarette that is really delicious and makes anything taste good.
Post # 6
nuts of all varieties! but especially raw almonds. yum.
Post # 7
Olive oil is supposed to be better for you than dressing, and more filling.
I add lots of veggies, some protein, and even a little cheese. Also, choose a more “filling” lettuce — such as spinach or arugula instead of iceberg or romaine. Also, some avocado.
I make these two salads that I find quite filling and delicious (easier to make for dinner than bring for lunch)
Steak fajita salad: steak, peppers, onions, tomatoes, avocado over arugula or spinach. You could even put a dollop of sour cream or some salsa. A sprinkle of lowfat cheese. Before putting everything on it, toss the lettuce with a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, lime juice, and salt and pepper.
Chicken portabella salad: grilled chicken, portabella mushrooms, onions, tomatoes over spinach. Throw a little parmesan, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Post # 8
Now I’m hungry- time to make a salad!
Post # 9
slivered almonds, or sunflower seeds. I cheat and put cheese on it too! 🙂 try chicken, or turkey.
Post # 10
I like grilled chicken or shrimp, very thinly sliced onions, pimentos, a TB of blue cheese (little goes a long way), almonds or unsalted sunflower seeds (i drop half a handful in if i don’t have chicken or meat on it), a diced tomato, and thinly sliced cucumbers. Pretty much the kitchen sink….The more I put in there, the more variety it has, so the more it “tricks” my mind that I’m actually getting a full meal.
I also like spinach salads–I heat them up ever so slightly, heat up a tb or two of vinegary dressing, toss in some sliced red onions, and just do that. I fact I had a cold one for lunch today–spinach, diced carrots, onions, and dressing, all for about 20 calories.
I figure as long as I’m adding lots of veggies, it’s a good salad, and whatever salad dressing I buy, I make sure I only bring a few TB to work (two or three, tops) and that it’s a low sugar/calorie kind. I have a Zia’s one (from a local restaurant) that is 10 Calories/TB. Ridiculous.
Post # 10
Chickpeas or even other types of beans like black beans and pinto beans.
Post # 11
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I second (or third?) hard-boiled eggs. Super high impact food. 🙂
Post # 12
Protein + fat have sticking power for me. Fake crab meat is a favorite of mine, as are hard boiled eggs, low fat cheese, mandarin oranges, carrots, cabbage… (OK, not all of those together!)
Post # 13
I second the chick-peas and avocado! AND using olive oil instread of dressing. If I could I would bathe in it, I love it so much.
Post # 14
Agreed on the chickpeas- they’re sooo good, cheap, and filling
Post # 15
Canned garbanzo beans! A little crumbled blue cheese is good b/c it’s so flavorful. Apple slices, dried fruit, artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms (not all together!).