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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been guilty of ordering or making a boring salad?

Opting for light or no dressing, no cheese, etc. may cut calories, but then you’re deprived of flavor, and you only end up feeling satiated for a couple hours. Sound familiar?

What You Should Be Adding to Your Salads to Feel Full, According to a Dietitian

Salads 🥗 don’t have to suck. They can actually be a really nourishing and satisfying meal. . The key is not to let diet brain 🧠 ruin your ability to make a salad delicious. . I remember a time where having a salad caused me a lot of stress because I was so afraid of things like salad dressing, avocado 🥑 😳 and cheese. Basically anything with fat was off limits in my book and the truth is salads don’t taste very good without it. . Funny thing is you need the fat to digest the fat soluble vitamins in the salad. So eating all those plain carrots doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if you’re hoping to absorb all that vitamin A. . Maybe, just a thought, nature built our taste buds to enjoy veggies with fat so we’d absorb most of the nutrients. 🤔 . So while I will definitely pass on the photo on the left, the salad on the right was me and the hubs dinner yesterday. . Recipe: salad mix, grape tomatoes, zucchini, roasted corn, avocado, Cajun shrimp, sesame seeds, and salad dressing of choice. . So when you want a salad, make a satisfying one. And FYI, when you order one out, you don’t have to order the dressing on the side so you can dip your fork in it before each salad bite. Enjoy your salad with some salad dressing, the way nature intended 😉 . . . . ___________________________________________ #allfoodsfit #weightwatchers #flexibledieting #flexibleeating #balanceddiet #balancedlife #fiveaday #portioncontrol #eatingwell #whole30 #bingeeating #dietrescue #edrecovery #cleaneats #rdeats #dietitian #weightlossplan #weightloss #fitfood #fitnessjourney #whole30life #eatwellbewell #intuitiveeating #salad #veggiesmost #fuelyourbody

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Claudia T. Felty, PhD, RD, shared an Instagram photo showing the difference between a “silly” and “smart” salad. On the left is a plain salad that’s low on calories and fat, while the one on the right includes protein, fats, carbs, additional veggies, and salad dressing. It’s clear which one looks more delicious and healthy.

“Funny thing is you need the fat to digest the fat soluble vitamins in the salad,” Claudia wrote in her caption. “So eating all those plain carrots doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if you’re hoping to absorb all that vitamin A.”

Plus, your stripped salad will actually work against you later in the day when you’re still hungry. You’re more likely to snack, so you might as well just do it right the first time around. Here’s Claudia’s yummy recipe: salad mix, grape tomatoes, zucchini, roasted corn, avocado, Cajun shrimp, sesame seeds, and salad dressing of choice.

“When you want a salad, make a satisfying one,” she wrote.

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