Five Simple & Delicious Salad Combinations

April 8th, 2015. I have it written down. It is a somewhat monumental date. I decided to cut refined carbs and refined sugars from my diet again. This is no small feat for a chocolate lover like me.

This is one decision in life I have not regretted. Do I ever eat dessert anymore? Yes. We make exceptions often. Anytime we have guests over for dinner or go to a friends’ house for dinner, we don’t worry about what we eat. For the most part, though, my husband, two year old, and I don’t eat refined carbs or refined sugars when we are home.

Simple salad combinations. Salad with cashews, grilled chicken, avocado, peppers, feta cheese.

What happened when I quit sugar and carbs?

1. I didn’t get tired in the afternoon.
2. I required less sleep.
3. I had way more energy.
4. I had more control over what I craved and ate.
5. I lost weight.
6. I woke up more rested.
7. My mental state was more positive. (Kind of like you feel after a great run. You don’t really look any different, but you are so glad you did it.)

Feel free to challenge me on this, but I guarantee this isn’t a mental thing for me. I really do feel better. I’d love to know your thoughts, though!

I have learned to thoroughly enjoy salads in my quest to better eating. I will even eat salad for breakfast if I am in an exceptionally vegetable-seeking mood. I have made a lot of salads in the last three or four months.

Five Simple and Delicious Salad Combinations.
All of these salads combinations are also enjoyed by my husband and two year old. (If you are curious how to get a two year old to eat loads of salad, don’t ask me. We don’t know why or how it happened. But our two year old just passed up chicken nuggets at my parent’s house yesterday and requested salad instead.)

A few notes to consider:

  • These are all made with some sort of grilled chicken. If you or your husband think salad is a horrible idea for dinner, try grilling the meat for the salad. It takes it up a whole notch.
  • You don’t have to grill the chicken just for a salad. This takes some extra effort. Make grilled chicken for dinner one night. Grill some extra to use on your salad for the coming week.
  • Vary the amounts of ingredients listed to ensure you enjoy the salad. BUT, be sure to have lots of greens and go somewhat light on the cheese and dressings.
  • Since I have always enjoyed vegetables, eating salads regularly isn’t difficult for me. My husband learned to enjoy them and still seems to be growing more and more fond of them. So, if you aren’t overly keen on salads, keep trying different combinations until you find some you like.

Side note: We buy almost all our meat through Zaycon. I highly recommend checking to see if they have this meat pick up option in your area. We sometimes buy 80 pounds of chicken at once and freeze it. It is so convenient to have on hand in our freezer downstairs.

My five favorite salad combinations:

Delicious Salad Combo #1:
Chopped Romaine and spinach
Grilled balsamic chicken
Feta cheese
Avocado
Craisins
Extra virgin olive oil drizzled on top

Five simple and delcious salad combinations.

Delicious Salad Combo #2:
Chopped Romaine and Spinach
Grilled chicken breast seasoned with salt and pepper
Bacon
Craisins
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Orange juice dressing: 3Tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp apple cidar vinegar, 1 heaping tsp orange juice concentrate, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste

Simple salad combinations. Salad with cashews.

Delicious Salad Combo #3:
Chopped Romaine and Spinach
Grilled BBQ marinated chicken thighs
Avocado
Corn
Black Beans
Finely chopped red onion
Shredded cheddar cheese
Ranch Dressing

Five simple and delicious salad combinations.

Delicious Salad Combo #4:
Chopped Romaine and Napa Cabbage
Grilled Sesame Chicken (1 tsp sesame oil to 1/4 cup soy sauce. Make enough to marinate the amount of chicken you need.)
Chopped red peppers
Chopped cucumbers
Edamame
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Extra virgin olive oil drizzled on top

Simple salad combinations. Salad with cashews.

Delicious Salad Combo #5:
Chopped Romaine and Spinach
Grilled chicken seasoned with salt and pepper
Avocado
Cashews
Craisins
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Extra virgin olive oil drizzled on top

Salad Recipes. Salad combinations. Easy and basic salad combinations.

 

Be sure to share your favorites in the comments!  I am always on the hunt for new healthy salad ideas!

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