Monday, March 25, 2013

Salads that Satisfy -- Guest Post by Laura DeFilippo

Top 12 Sonoma Diet Power Foods
30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge

Tomato Chickpea and Arugula Salad
is a cinch to throw together for lunch. 
Do you think of iceburg lettuce, carrots, and tomato with ranch dressing when you think of salad? Laura Defilippo wrote the following post to help us think outside the box and see salads as a main course and a platform for enjoying the Top 12 Sonoma Diet Power Foods.  

This ties right into tip #10 from 22 Ways to Eat Like a Greek Islander -- make your own salad dressing! You can whip up something delicious with only four ingredients in about 60 seconds. To get started, check out this video to create a simple vinaigrette and then start experimenting with flavored oils and vinegars. I'm enjoying a bottle of blood orange olive oil that my sister gave me for Christmas. Really all you have to know is the ratio -- 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. And, honestly, I violate that half the time because I love vinegar. 

Salads and dieting have always had a superb relationship, but you don’t have to be dieting to enjoy all the benefits salads have to offer.

At the base of every salad is a plethora of vegetables – whether it be leafy greens as in most salads, spinach, or a variety of other vegetables such as chick peas, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado . . . the choices are endless.

Nutrient-packed fruits and nuts are a great addition to almost any salad.

Top a salad off with a lean protein (such as chicken, salmon, shrimp, seared tuna or tofu) and/or healthy whole grains, and you have a main-course meal that is as satisfying as it is healthy.

You can create a healthy, satisfying, delicious salad in minutes – hearty enough to serve for dinner – with ingredients you likely already have on hand… the possibilities are endless.

In fact, “THE TOP TWELVE SONOMA DIET POWER FOODS are ALL foods you can use to make delicious healthy salads:

Almonds / Beans / Bell Peppers / Blueberries / Broccoli / Citrus / Grapes / Olive Oil / Spinach / Strawberries / Tomatoes / Whole Grains
. . . pack on some protein, and you leave the table feeling full and satisfied.

Health Magazine features recipes for “8 Salads That Satisfy” packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling full for hours . . . followed by “The Best Healthy Salads for Every Occasion” . . . take a look!

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