The Salad Dilemma...

Hi, Cleanish Squad!  

Tell me if you’ve done this…

You decide, “I’m going to start eating better this week,” and then promptly set out on a salad-eating frenzy.

You eat salads for lunch.

You eat salads for dinner.

You eat salads at restaurants.

But nothing really changes with your energy levels or weight, and you feel hungrier than ever.

Can you relate?

If so, I’ve been there, too - I honestly think most people have. This is what I call The Salad Dilemma.

Because we think salads are “healthy,” we don’t investigate the meal's ingredients or nutritional breakdown.

The sad truth is that most salads:

  1. Lack the right amount of protein to keep you full.

  2. Are not nutritionally well-balanced.

  3. Are very high in fat.

Fortunately, there’s two simple swaps we can do to make most salads much more nutritionally well-balanced. And, bonus, these two swaps will leave you enjoying your salad more, feeling fuller longer, and achieving your healthy eating goals.

What are these 2 swaps?

  1. Add more protein.

  2. Replace the salad dressing.

Adding more protein is pretty simple and straightforward…it’s probably safe to double it. Aim for at least 4-6 ounces of protein in your salad, and your body will thank you.

Now, what’s so bad about salad dressing? A lot, actually.

The biggest issue with most salad dressings is they contain added sugar, artificial food coloring, and inflammatory fats. These do nothing good for us. Like, nothing.

All is not lost, though. It’s very easy to make your own salad dressing, which will help you take back control over the ingredients in your tasty salad.

Here are some of my faves from the blog I recommend you try:

Check out my Recommended Products section below for which containers I prefer to store my homemade salad dressing, too.

And, if you’re at a restaurant and don’t know the dressing ingredients, this is what I do…

  1. Order a double order of the protein.

  2. Ask for the dressing on the side, and very lightly dip into the dressing.

  3. Ask for olive oil and balsamic vinegar to be brought to the table to toss with my salad.

If you’re in a hurry and want a good option to grab from the fridge, I recommend Primal Kitchen salad dressings, which are made with avocado oil and simpler, cleaner ingredients.

Now, my friends, we can end The Salad Dilemma once and for all and get back to being educated about our health ❤️ 

Some of my favorite things this week 🙂 

  • Quote of the Week → “A salad is not just food. It’s a lifestyle.” – Unknown

  • My Favorite Salad Dressing Storage Containers → The tall, slender containers pictured above are these Glass Water Bottles, which work great for dressings, sauces, and left-over drinks. I also use these 16-oz mason jars with these super helpful re-usable plastic lids.

  • Featured A Sweet Pea Chef Recipe → Learn how to make my delicious and creamy Strawberry Protein Shake. I’ll also teach you how it gets such a creamy texture!

  • Reel Of The Week → In need of a fresh, vibrant, and sweet protein shake reset? Try my Kiwi & Kale Protein Smoothie. I show you how to make it here.

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