[Forward before I start my ranting: Since I am participating in National Nutrition Month I have to say that I am proud of people for whatever healthy lifestyle changes they decide to make. This post is aimed at a select few. If a salad is your first step toward a total healthy life change then I back you 100% but, one salad does not make up for eating artery clogging junk the other 20 meals out of the week]
See these texts? I get these texts quite often. A Greek salad can have upwards of 600 calories. So, half a Greek salad would have the same calories as a normal lunch. These types of texts do not get the reaction from the that the senders are expecting.
You want to know a secret? I rarely, [I mean like 2 times a year rarely], eat a salad for lunch. I'm more likely to eat a sweet potato or a huge bowl of popcorn for lunch.
People need to change their way of thinking. A turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread with lettuce, tomato, onions, and mustard is a very healthy meal also. (As a future R.D. I recognize the fact that properly prepared meat can be part of a healthy diet.)
One salad for lunch does not instantly make you healthy! I also know that personally, a salad does not fill me up unless it's loaded with vegetables and some sort of protein. A "healthy y" salad to most people is a small bowl. A salad that size would fill me up for about about an hour.
A salad for me is in addition to my regular meal. It contains:
1/2 a head of Romaine Lettuce, or 4 big handfuls of spinach
1/2 - 1 whole onion
2-3 baby carrots (I hate carrots!)
1/4 cup fat free feta/shredded cheese
1 whole cucumber
1/4 cup imitation crab
1/4 cup corn
a few bunches of green onions
Other people's lunch salads:
3-5 iceberg lettuce leaves
1/2 a cucumber
2 baby carrots
full fat cheese
If you want me to be proud of you then tell me you chose a salad over a greasy burger, or that you ordered a non-fat, no whip latte at Starbucks, or you skipped your daily Starbuck's completely! But, PLEASE don't tell me you "had a salad" because I will not give you praise.
What are your feelings on salads?