One of the most important ideas when you are trying to lose weight is that you need to eat more plant-based foods (veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.) and less animal proteins and processed foods …
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One of the most important ideas when you are trying to lose weight is that you need to eat more plant-based foods (veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.,) and less animal proteins and processed foods …
Salads are a brilliant way of killing all those birds with one stone, as it were.
Here are my top 5 summer salads to get you started. Click on the image to get the recipe.
1. Fig, halloumi and hazelnut salad
For the adventurous, and those who thought salads were all lettuce and tomatoes here’s one that’ll take you firmly out of the box. The sweetness of the fig and the saltiness of the halloumi, plus the lovely bite of the hazelnuts make for a wonderful taste and texture experience, plus it has tons of good nutrition in it too.
2. Chicken salad wraps with lemon yogurt
Chicken salad is tasty and healthy. Need a diet-friendly lunch on the run? Pop some chicken salad in a wrap and off you go. The lemon yogurt adds a nice twist too.
3. Quinoa, pea and bacon salad
This one is more of a summer dinner. I’m thinking a glass of lightly oaked chardonnay, an outside dining table and this salad on a warm summer’s evening with a few good friends.
What a treat! Plus you get to experience quinoa (keen-wah), a seed that behaves sort of like a grain. A great substitute for rice, couscous or pasta. High in protein and fibre too. Then you get the peas and bacon thrown in for good measure. Tasty!
4. Thai beef salad
Lots of veggies, lots of herbs, some spice and a bit of meat. Sounds like a weight loss winner. Full of flavour without any weird additives and things.
5. Potato, apple and thyme salad
This one is great as a stand-alone meal, as a side dish, or as one of a few salads you could offer at a dinner party. Remember, despite its current evil status amongst the carb-police, potato is an almost NUTRITIONALLY PERFECT food. It’s VERY good for you, in other words.