Eating Healthy

One aspect of being healthy that I am working on is losing weight. Like many of you, the last year living through a worldwide pandemic has been tough on my waistline. I don’t want to wait until I’m retired to work on achieving my ideal wait. I want to reap the benefits now and enjoy life more without having to always be on a diet.After many false starts, I finally began to seriously lose weight this summer. I have tried many, many diets over the years including Whole30, Weight Watchers, Keto, Paleo, and the South Beach diets.Although you can successfully lose weight on all of these diets, they all have their negative aspects. Some are too restrictive and some require too much tracking. I wanted a plan that was somewhat restrictive to give me structure, but I didn’t want to count macros or calories because I knew that I could not sustain that program for very long.I ended up choosing the South Beach diet and have lost over 15 pounds so far! I have cut carbs out of my diet most of the time but have not stressed when I occasionally slip. I have been able to get back on the program and stay motivated.It is hard to keep to a healthy eating plan while working in an office if you don’t pack your own lunch. I find that salads are the best lunch for me during my work week and there are so many possibilities! Today I want to share with you some favorite salads and tips to keep them interesting and healthy.

Other Salad Ideas

There are endless possibilities with salads! Here are some other toppings that are delicious and will add variety:

  • sliced cucumbers
  • sliced olives
  • red peppers
  • tuna (canned or lightly grilled ahi)
  • fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, oregano)

Salads can be part of a satisfying meal that provides both needed nutrients and energy. They are also a key part of maintaining or obtaining a healthy body composition and weight. Hope you enjoy these ideas!

Smoked Salmon Salad

At my work, we frequently have lunch brought in. I recreated this salad after having a similar one at work. It is low carb with a ton of awesome flavors.

Ingredients:

  • plateful of mixed greens
  • 2 T flavored vinegar
  • 2 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1 package of snacking mozzarella balls
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • capers, for garnish
  • ½ tsp “Everything” seasoning

 

Place the greens on the plate and sprinkle with the vinegar. Arrange the salad toppings on top of the greens and sprinkle with the seasoning and capers.

My Go-To Salads for Work

This is my go-to salad for the work week. I purchased divided plastic containers for these salads. I place mixed greens in the larger compartment and top with halved grape tomatoes and chopped chicken. Sometimes I grill my own chicken but I usually buy some deli chicken to save time. Adding other vegetables or fresh herbs are options to add more flavor and interest. In the small compartment, I add a package of snacking cheese and a small container of dressing. The snacking cheese can be added to the salad or eaten separately. For the dressing, I just use flavored vinegar rather than a traditional oil and vinegar dressing. If you don’t want to go that extreme, I recommend making your own vinaigrette but use less oil.

Here are two salads ready to go.  I just have to pour the vinegar in the small container (pink and blue lids) and I have a delicious, healthy lunch!