Fit with Fave - Common Sense Changes for Better Eating - Girl of Cardigan

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Hello and welcome to week nine.

Anybody try last week’s oatmeal recipe?  What did you think?

This week’s challenge is an out with the old, in with the new sort of deal.  Remember that big old half plate salad you’ve been eating at dinner?  Or maybe for lunch?  The one that used to have iceberg lettuce, but now is full of dark leafy goodness?  Yep, that’s the one.  We’re about to give that sucker another makeover.

There are two categories of salad fixins: stuff that ups the salad anti and makes you a superhero and stuff that, well, doesn’t.  The goal of this challenge is to get rid of the doesn’ts to make room for the good stuff.  We’re going to provide you with two lists, the first of which will be stuff that is often in salads and should probably get out of yours, and the second a round up of heroic additions to throw into your greens instead.  Ready?  Here we go.

Stuff that might be in your salad that probably shouldn’t be:

Meat: Not to hate on chicken overall, but the whole point of this salad is to eat your plants, and sister, chicken is not a plant.  Neither is ground beef, or bits of shredded pork, or bacon, or fake bacon.  Get the meat outta there.

Egg: See above.

Cheese: Ouch.  Okay, a little bit of strong cheese is okay occasionally, but for every day?  Let’s work on getting that cheese gone.

Chips and crunchy noodles: If it’s fried, it doesn’t belong in your salad.  Out it goes.

Stuff that SHOULD be in your salad, cause it’s awesome:

Red Cabbage: Red (or, let’s be honest, purple) cabbage has a solid amount of goodness for a fabulously low price.  Shred some up and throw it in there!

Berries/Fruit: Blueberries, strawberries, apple or pear slices – delicious in a green salad, add a little sweetness and maybe some antioxidants.  Score.

Nuts:  Nuts are awesome.  Seriously.  They are full of awesome.  Put some in your salad if you miss the crunch from chips or fried noodle bits.

Carrot: I like to shred carrot in a salad, or use the potato peeler to cut it into strips.  Tasty.  Yay eyesight and all that.

Avocado:  Nothing says lovin’ like good fat!  Miss your cheese or egg?  Add some avocado and go home happy.

Swap it up, kids!  We’ll work on dressing next time.  For now, keep doing what you do.


  • Laura Thurston June 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm


    • karyn June 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Oh yes, for sure beets!

  • Lori June 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Roasted sweet potatoes – or roasted whatever veg you had for dinner the night before….