<div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/7720674_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:justify;"><font size="4">I yell down the stairs to let my husband know that lunch is ready.  He walks up the steps and turns the corner into the kitchen only to catch a glimpse of the giant salad pictured above. <br><br>"That whole salad is mine? That's huge! And look at yours, it's even bigger!" I'm not sure why he's surprised that mine is bigger. My plate always has more food on it than his--that's just how we roll. The toddlers and I are to blame for the large grocery bill--eating is our favorite hobby. <br></font></div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/4399435_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4">See, when most people think of salads they think of words and phrases like, "diet, low-calorie, low-carb, I'm-going-to-be-starving-afterwards (but at least it was healthy), deprivation, really healthy food," you get the idea.<br><br>To me, a salad is a perfect opportunity to eat all of my favorite foods (ahem, eggs)  plus a ton of raw vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and more. The sky is the limit with salad, and quite literally with the ones I prepared today. Ha!<br><br><strong>Deprivation is only going to help you lose your mind and a few pounds</strong></font><span><font size="4">, but in the end, you won't have accomplished much long-term. Salads, or any meal for that matter, should not deprive you. You shouldn't be hungry after a meal; if you are, your body either didn't get enough calories or you ate a bunch of junk and zero nutrients so it's deprived of the nutrients it needs. </font></span><br> </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/5284138_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"><font size="4">So here are your points to take away from this post:<br><br>1. Iceburg lettuce and shredded carrots don't count as salad, in fact, just have a glass of water if that's what you are considering salad. <br><br>2. Your salad should FILL your plate and be loaded with loads of nutrient-dense foods like broccoli, spinach, swiss chard, carrots, apples, pears, blueberries,; nuts like almonds and walnuts, seeds like pumpkin and sunflower, dried fruits like figs and currants; proteins like eggs and organic turkey. <br><br>3. If you aren't full after eating your salad, add some brown rice, quinoa, millet, or other whole grains as a side dish (or a good quality whole grain bread with some almond or peanut butter). <br><br>4. Eat MORE salads because they are a great way to get tons of raw veggies in your diet and they are delicious if you actually eat a REAL DEAL SALAD!<br><br>5. My toddlers ate a salad bowl containing: 1 boiled egg, leftover plain spaghetti noodles, dried figs, blueberries, cashews, and turkey slices. They loved all of the choices.  <br></font></div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/3123208_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"><font size="4"><u><strong>Cobb Salad with Spinach and Broccolini </strong></u><br>a soft lettuce head (butter lettuce is wonderful)<br>fresh spinach (roughly chopped)<br>2 boiled eggs (sliced)<br>2 slices organic turkey (roughly chopped)<br>cucumber (thinly sliced)<br>broccolini (you can also use regular broccoli, but broccolini is super tender for salads)<br>apple (sliced)<br>currants or raisins (or goji berries if you really want to get fancy)<br>sunflower seeds<br><br>Place soft lettuce and spinach down as the base of your salad. Add remaining ingredients. I didn't specify amounts so just add to your likings! I like to grind some himalayan sea salt + pepper on top of my salad. Enjoy with the refreshing dressing below. <br><br><u><strong>Maple-Dijon Chia Dressing</strong></u><br>3/4 cup olive oil<br>1/4 cup red wine vinegar<br>1/4 cup dijon mustard<br>2 T maple syrup<br>2 cloves garlic, finely minced<br>1 T chia seeds<br>1/4 tsp pepper<br><br>Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar. Place lid on and shake well. Refrigerate after use. </font></div>