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Healthy Living: Salad Fatigue

Salad fatigue? We can fix that!

Do you get bored with the same old salad, day after day? Iceberg lettuce, chopped tomato and ranch dressing got you down? We feel your pain.

Fight salad fatigue with variety—healthy variety!

We’re not talking about high-calorie goodies like cheese, candied nuts and croutons.

Instead, try these:

  • Aim for several varieties of lettuce, in a range of colors from light green to dark purple. Using a variety of lettuce isn’t just pretty; it also adds extra vitamins and a balance of textures.
  • Add your favorite shredded and sliced vegetables (carrots, celery, bell pepper, broccoli, – whatever you like!)
  • Think outside the box – or the typical produce department offerings: Add edamame, chickpeas, fresh snow peas or sprouts for a salad that’s special.
  • Like crunch – but not the saturated fat of traditional oil-soaked croutons? Try just a tiny sprinkle of  plain, slivered almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds  – all of them healthier and more vitamin-packed than a crouton.
  • Sweeten it up – with fruit. Crunchy apple slices, pears, grapes, citrus segments, or even berries can add interest to a green salad.
  • Top with an interesting, lower-fat dressing. The simplest dressing in the world is a tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and a sprinkle of your favorite herbs—oregano, basil, dill or parsley. Toss and enjoy.

When there are so many choices to put into salads, it’s easy to keep things lively!

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