Do you find a shift in weather changes what you eat?  It certainly does for me.salad

 

On cold, wet days, all I fancy eating are slow-cooked meals, like stews, soups and casseroles etc, but when the weather warms up a bit, it’s salads all the way.

 

You may not realise, but the benefits of eating salad are numerous, particularly if the base of your dish is made up of green leaves.  In fact, if you get the right balance of protein, fats and vegetables in your salad, it’s actually fat-burning.  Pretty awesome, eh?

 

If you want to spice up your salads, or you’re looking for a change from your usual, I have a few ideas up my sleeve to help.

 

I can honestly say, I’ve never eaten a salad and not felt full afterwards.  If you find the salads you prepare never leave you feeling quite satisfied, then let me give you a couple of hints and tips.

 

Every salad in my opinion should have 5 components: base, protein, vegetables, dressing and extras.  Read on to find out more:

 

BASE

Stick to: rocket, watercress, spinach, pea shoots, lambs lettuce and/or any other green leafy salad.  The darker the green the leaf is, the more nutrients (and fat-burning qualities) it has, by the way.

 

PROTEIN

You’ve GOT to have a good amount of protein in your salads to help you feel fuller for longer.  Choose from chicken, hard (or soft) boiled eggs, steamed fish, beef strips, crispy bacon and/or smoked mackerel.

 

VEG

Add as many vegetables as you like to your salads, shying away from root vegetables, because they’re higher in sugar content.  Why not try: green beans, cucumber, grilled courgettes, chopped red onion, cherry tomatoes, grilled asparagus etc.

 

DRESSING

Make your own dressing and throw out any of those shop bought ones.  Why?  Because they’re laced with preservatives and sugar.  Stick to basic dressings like olive oil, salt and pepper, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.

 

EXTRAS

So, these are where you get to use your creative streak and take your salad to a whole new level.  Spice things up with avocado, sundried tomatoes, toasted sesame seeds, anchovies, olives, gherkins and pickled onions.

 

And there you have it!  A few ideas on how you can make your salads sexier, more nutritious and fat-burning AND filling in the process.

 

Couple your healthy eating with the right type and intensity of exercise like this here, and you’ll be well on your way to shifting the pounds, feeling better about yourself, and have more energy.