Dinner Salads as Main Meal, is at the core of ‘Eat To Live’. If you can begin to think of your salad not as an appetizer, but as your Entree or Main Course, you’re well on your way to living a healthier lifestyle.
When you start with a ‘Big Salad’ for any meal and I’m including; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, you’re filling your stomach with nutrient-dense food and very few calories. Not everybody thinks of having lettuce or greens for breakfast, but why not?
Of course you could have a ‘Big Fruit Salad’ for breakfast, but why not add some lettuce? I have. But, even if you don’t, a large mixed bowl of fresh in season fruit is an excellent way to start the day. On the run in the morning and no time to cut up your fruit and put it in a bowl, grab three of four pieces of fruit and you’re good to go.
You can read about what’s in my ‘Big Salad’ here . It’s mostly my Dinner Salad, but I can have it for any meal of the day or on occasions all my meals in a day.
How Big Is Big?
Depending on what type of lettuce you buy, and the size of the head of lettuce that’s available today, start with more than you think you want. That could be up to a whole head of lettuce just for yourself. But, you could certainly start with just a half a head of lettuce. What you add to the salad after that is totally up to you. Think, Tomato, Celery, Onion, Cucumber, Carrot, Pepper, Mushrooms, Apple, Pear, Orange, Pineapple, Berries, Nuts, Seeds… It’s limited only to your personal taste and imagination.
What you don’t put in is more important than what you do put in. What I DON’T Put In My Salad: Meat, Chicken, Fish, Eggs, Cheese, Croutons, Bacon Bits or Heavy, Oily, Fattening Dressing! Try My Salad Dressing It has No Fat, Oil or Salt. Have as much as you want, without guilt.
I love the term ‘Big Salad’ and it of course it reminds me of Elaine on ‘Seinfeld’. George, the chunky one of the group, has no idea what a ‘Big Salad’ is or what’s in it. He even has some contempt for the idea. Of, course the characters on the show had a lot of contempt for most things. I think that’s why they ended up going to prison in the series finale.
Don’t be like George Costanza, treat yourself better, feed yourself better. Your body craves the nutrients found in the fixings of a salad, and your tastes will adjust to this new eating style. I look forward to my evening salad as much as, if not more than anything I would normally have to start a meal.
What should you buy Organic? You are going to be saving a lot of money, by eating the ‘Eat To Live’ way, I think part of your savings should go toward buying the best produce you can get of what you do eat. There are many reasons to buy Organic wherever possible.
If I had to give you a list of what to buy Organic I would include;
- Lettuce / Kale / Spinach
- Bell Peppers / Hot Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Imported Grapes & Nectarines
I find it to be more expensive to buy the package ‘Mixed Greens Salads’ than it does to buy Organic heads of lettuce. My wife prefers it packaged and prepared and pre-washed. Whatever floats your boat.
When you buy the best produce you can find it only makes sense I think to treat that wonderful salad greens and lettuce to the best prep you can.
I love to buy heads of the best looking lettuce of the day. I take it home chop it up, fill the kitchen sink with cold water and let the lettuce have a nice cold bath. A cold bath will refresh any slightly wilted salads. Better yet, eat it, don’t let it get wilted.
After I give my lettuce a nice cold bath, I throw it into my Oxo Salad Spinner. I give it a spin and the centrifugal force dries it ready for a salad. I have only one main problem with the Oxo Salad Spinner, it’s over ten years old and shows no sign of slowing down.
What’s the problem you ask? The problem is that Oxo, has a much newer and better model of the Salad Spinner, and I want one. But, if there’s nothing wrong with my old one, and I can’t think of any reason I would need two. I’m stuck.
Read my Review of My Old Oxo, and what I would buy if/when it finally dies.
If you are not ready to dive into the ‘Eat To Live’ program wholeheartedly, then at the very least adding a Big Salad is an easy first step to take. Start your meal with a larger than average salad, use my dressing to cut the fat and calories. Fill up on the salad and your appetite will be diminished for whatever is your main course is.
Add several pieces of fruit (3 or 4 minimum) to your daily eating plan and you will be making a big improvement to the nutrition your body needs. You’ll be on your way to stop being overfed and undernourished. If one of your goals is to lose weight, this is the way to Eat Your Way to your Ideal Weight.
In closing, Should You Have Dinner Salads as Main Meal?
I would say, beyond any doubt “Yes!” I would take it even further and say make Fruit Salad as your breakfast daily and Big Salads, for Lunch & Dinner. Then watch the magic happen, as you eat your way to health.
Questions and Comments are always welcome.