But. . .
This is kind of my ideal fruit salad.
Not going to lie…
I had a solid laugh over this. I have a couple of friends who are unapologetic, and would have been damn proud, and outright, with the whole pizza situation. A former dance partner who’d go so far as to douse his in additional sauces comes to mind.
But there are a few who also try really hard to be good…but end up with an, oh I don’t know, pizza, for example… Who then endeavor to make it sound (at least initially) healthier than it was. . . in a way (I think) to make their inner voice less hands-on-hips when declared.
Not to worry, though, the inner voice was chomping along with you (and probably enjoyed it too!) so express your choices freely!
I was discussing this phenomenon recently with someone – that problem when you think you are getting a healthy meal, but instead you are inadvertently adding to your waistline. It happens rather often because not everyone is educated about nutrition – some items sound so healthy, which is why looking more closely at what has gone INTO those items is crucial.
I’ve heard people say they are trying to lose a few pounds, but who can’t understand why, with all the hard work they put in at the gym, that they aren’t seeing results. There could be a very simple reason, and it may very well be nutrition.
In my own mind, I kind of like that the recommendation from the medical field(s) at large is NOT “you need spend two hours a day at the gym” – I mean, who has that kind of time?! I’d RATHER hear “you need to focus on, and make better nutritional choices” more so, because that feels more achievable.
Now that doesn’t mean “easy” necessarily, but it does mean that we can manage the change. The tweaks we make to our daily food intake don’t always have to be monumental in order that we see monumental results. It could be as easy as switching to a low-fat milk, instead of whole (which adults don’t really need, by the way), or asking for dressing on the side and just dipping your fork before snatching up your mouthful of salad.
But it may also be that you just need to be AWARE of what you are having, because inevitably there is room to adjust, giving you a higher chance of success in the weight loss endeavor. You may not even realize there are culprits working against you, until you take a step back.
Salads are a GREAT example. Ordering the salad is the healthy option, right?
Uh…Not so fast…!
There are countless salad fixins and toppers that may be packing a very serious caloric punch…one you aren’t even aware of. There are a ton of articles on the very topic, because it happens frequently. Sometimes that protein source is encrusted with highly caloric ingredients (tuna caked with sesame seeds, chicken encrusted with pecans etc…) Then there are add-ins like shredded cheese, bacon bits, carb-heavy croutons (that have no other real nutritional value, frankly!) What you thought was a great option may add up to our entire daily intake! NIGHTMARE!
So, what can you do?
Salads don’t have to be boring, but it is also important that they aren’t considered “healthy” by default – if we care about our weight, or even just our internal health and mechanics, we do have to be mindful of this trap. Many salads come dripping with oil and fatty dressings, as well as calorie-dense toss-ins. You can absolutely control what the salad comes with, and you aren’t going to stand out by asking – people ask all the time! You are buying the meal so…you are allowed!
It’s an easy trap to fall into – how bad can lettuce be for you really? Well, as you see above, the base of the meal may not always the problem – it’s everything else that gets tossed in WITH it. The kitchen sink is probably not so great for you either, as it turns out! 😉
I’ve got a couple of examples of my salad options here…
I ran across this Farmer’s Fridge spot in the May 2015 Marie Claire and was super excited to see it – I had literally just been listening to a nutritionist on Sirius Doctor radio talking about glass-jar salads as something you can do for a Spring or Summer gathering (SUPER cute, and uber healthful idea!)
A lot of people have a tricky time finding healthful choices on the go, or run out of ideas about what to make – these adorable little mixes combine all sorts of good-for-you veggies and greens, berries and legumes, calcium, protein and healthy fats – awesome all around.
Farmer’s Fridge’s jars are super fun (yes, salads can be fun! 😀 ), they’re easy to make (if you can’t get to a location), easy to shake up and munch…and they look like live decor (I’m thinking of Takashimaya again.) The jars are free of BPA, which makes them even more awesome, and they are travel / office / lunch etc friendly.
There are a number of salad options (there are more, this is just a screen shot)…
And breakfast and snack options too (there are more, this is just a screen shot)… I like that some nutritional stats are provided, where possible, as well – I personally always like to note my macros and micros when I can, as it allows me to stay on track with my own goals and needs.
And, there is a section on protein… ❤ (Happy girl!!! Again, there are more than those shown below.) The packaging for all of these is simple and straightforward, which is also rather refreshing.
Farmer’s Fridge Kiosks are an ADORABLE idea (this veggieholic is DELIGHTED!) They aren’t in my area at all (if you are in Chicago, you lucked out!) but again, this is a really fun idea for home entertaining in the warmer months (or, really, whenever!)
Way to go, guys – what a fun and exciting way to offer healthy food selections to the community! (Fun for kids too! 🙂 )