Salad as a Meal

The best thing about salad is that you don’t even need to cook if you don’t want to. It’s really just chopping up ingredients and putting them in a bowl, and maybe using up some leftover rice.

For salad to be a filling meal you need a few components.

  • Leafy greens. And lots of them. Leafy greens are great for you for a myriad of reasons, and they will be the perfect base for your salad. Try using
    • Spinach
    • Iceburg lettuce (or other kinds of lettuce)
    • Kale
    • Roquette
    • Nori
  • Carbs or Protein. This will be the ‘hearty’ and filling component of your salad. Depending on how filling you want it, add in one or two of these options
    • Grains – Couscous, rice, quinoa, pasta
    • Roasted veggies (great for extra vitamins) – Sweet potato, beetroot, pumpkin
    • Beans – Lentils, chickpeas, edamame
    • Meat – Shredded chicken, ham, tuna or salmon, once I even used left over homemade beef patties
  • Raw veggies. I recommend using a few different colours of vegetables, as different colours represent different vitamins. I usually just use what I have in my fridge, carrot, cucumber, capsicum, tomato etc, but get creative. Try
    • Snow peas
    • Mushroom
    • Olives
    • Baby pickles
    • Radishes
  • Healthy fats. Healthy fats not only have great health benefits for your brain and your body, they also help you feel fuller for longer. Try adding
    • Seeds – Flax seed, pepitas, sunflower seeds (bonus: they add a fun crunchy texture too!)
    • Avocado

So without further ado, get onto the salad as a meal bandwagon, without feeling hungry one hour later.

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