Stop Eating Salads For Lunch
Stop Eating Salads For Lunch
This week, we want to address a common misstep we hear from clients during our nutritional consultations. Stop reaching for salads as your go-to healthy lunch/dinner option. While salads can undoubtedly provide a nutrient-packed lunch or dinner, they may not be the best option for everyone.
One issue with salads is that they can leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry just a few hours later. This can lead to overeating later in the evening, which can throw off your entire diet plan. Plus, let's be real, salads can get pretty boring pretty quickly, especially if you're constantly forcing yourself to eat them day after day.
Another common error with the salad craze is that the dressings are a hidden calorie source. When was the last time you measured out your dressing? Not to mention, most of the oils used in making them provide the "unhealthy" fats we don't want.
Skipping (or light) breakfast, followed by a salad lunch, will almost certainly lead to late-night snacking or weekend overages. This cycle almost certainly wreaks havoc on weight management goals. Our bodies need a consistent, balanced intake to maintain optimal body fat/muscle mass for a higher quality of life (especially as we age).
But don't fret! There are plenty of other healthy and exciting lunch/dinner options that won't leave you feeling hungry and unfulfilled. Here are some go-to ideas to spruce up your plate (and palate).
1. Sushi - Not only is sushi a tasty and satisfying option but it's also packed with nutrients. Sushi rolls filled with veggies like cucumber, avocado, and carrots, along with lean proteins like tuna or salmon, will leave you feeling full and energized. Plus, the wasabi kick is sure to wake up your taste buds!
2. Buddha Bowl - This trendy new option is a great way to mix things up. It's essentially a bowl filled with various nutrient-dense foods like quinoa, sweet potato, kale, and avocado, all mixed together. You can customize your bowl with any ingredients you like and top it off with a delicious sauce like tahini or peanut sauce. This meal will keep you full and satisfied for hours.
3. Grilled chicken sandwich - While bread can sometimes get a bad reputation, it's actually a great source of carbohydrates that your body needs. Opt for a whole-grain bun and fill your sandwich with grilled chicken, avocado, lettuce, and tomato. Add some spicy mustard for a little kick, and you've got a tasty and satisfying lunch that will keep you going all afternoon.
So, while salads can be a healthy option, they may not be the best choice for everyone. If you find yourself constantly craving more food after a salad, try switching things up with one of these three delicious alternatives. Remember, a healthy diet is all about finding balance and enjoying a variety of foods that nourish your body and your taste buds.
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