Salads should be giant, not tiny

 

My go-to giant salad: 3-4 handfuls of spring mix/spinach, 1/2 small avocado, 15 grapes, and 1 tsp oil. I’ll eat this with 5 oz. tofu for lunch. Shown next to the Yankee candle for scale.
I love the Santa Fe salad on the left, but it's only 280 calories! I need about 500 calories for lunch, so I'd have to eat two of these!
I love the Santa Fe salad on the left, but it’s only 280 calories! I need about 500 calories for lunch, so I’d have to eat two of these!

 

Things like this Salad to Go container and the small salads offered in the grocery store make me laugh and sad all at the same time.

My salads are giant, but within my caloric limit. That’s because the vast majority of my salad is vegetables. Usually I have 2-3 handfuls of spring mix or spinach. That alone takes a massive amount of room. Then you add-in more vegetables and the thing gets giant but is still under 100 calories. THEN you add the good stuff, like avocados, a touch of olive oil, nuts, fruit, etc. to get it up to 400 or 500 calories (make sure you measure everything!). By then, it looks like you’re eating a mixing bowl’s worth and guess what? It’s totally ok that you are.

The added benefit of piling-on the veggies to create a giant salad is that you’ll also get a tremendous amount of vitamins by doing so. Naturally. For more on this, read Eat vs. Take Your Vitamins.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    As long as you’re not eating the Yankee candle too… 😀

    1. hyporesource says:

      It smells so good, I wish I could!

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