3 Tips to Beat Salad Boredom

Salads are healthy, but after eating them for lunch all the time, they can get tired quick. Beat mealtime boredom with these tips.

summer saladsphoto credit: ShutterstockWe asked health foodie Davida Kugelmass of The Healthy Maven for her best salad-for-dinner ideas

Salads are a go-to, but they get boring fast. What’s your secret for keeping them fun?
People get stuck on the idea that salads have to be entirely vegetable-based. I love mixing things up and adding in fruit, nuts, seeds and even fresh herbs. Check to see what’s in season at your grocery store and use that as a guide for building your salads.

What should people keep in mind nutrition-wise when turning a salad into a meal?
Vegetables need fat for our bodies to absorb their nutrients, so don’t skimp on them! I love adding avocado because it’s a great source of cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats, as well as potassium and fibre. Toss your salad with a lean meat or a plant-based protein, such as beans or lentils, to up the protein content and give your salad a bit more staying power. The last thing you want is to be running back to the kitchen an hour after you eat.

What’s your favourite salad?
I love mixing a variety of fresh and grilled veggies with fruit. Try grilling kale and avocado and toss them with fresh peaches and a light, citrusy vinaigrette. Top them with toasted nuts and you’ve got yourself a full meal. It’s my go-to throughout the summer.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada