Lunch is usually the same thing, every day, both during the week and on the weekends. *yawn* I know. But I do this for a few reasons:
1. It's easy and I'm
2. I don't have to think about my calorie intake or serving size, because I've eaten like this a billion times, so I know it's the right amount of food.
3. If I do splurge, it's really easy to get back on track.
Spinach, mushrooms, cucumber, avocado, chicken. Veggies and protein. Done.
Good veggie options: spring mix, arugula, romaine, kale, red leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce, carrots, pickled beets, tomatoes, onion, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke hearts, peppers, peas, celery, radish, olives.
Bad veggie options: corn.
Good protein options: eggs (hard boiled with a salad is great!), ham (not deli meat), chicken, turkey, steak, ground beef (taco salad without the shell), salmon, quinoa, seeds, beans.
Bad protein options: candied nuts, bacon (I know, boo), sausage.
Good salad add ons: seeds, nuts, cheese, cottage cheese, apple, pear, water chestnuts.
Bad salad add ons: croutons, candied nuts, dried fruit, bacon.
With all of the good stuff on my salad, I don't really need any dressing. Sometimes I will make mayo, hummus, or salsa, and I will dip my salad bites in that beforehand. I also use oil and vinegar. I'm not truly against any salad dressing, but many times there is just a heavy hand used, which blows your calories out of the water. If you are going to use a dressing, make sure you measure the serving size and note the calories. Drenching your salad in dressing is NOT a healthy alternative to my eating plan.
I would like to note that with ^these good lists, you can make a HUGE, very filling and satisfying salad.
Dinner meals are next, then snacks, drinks, and splurges. Keep checking back!