Friday, January 22, 2010

the salad bar is your friend.

You heard me.

Eat from the salad bar.

It has amazing variety that you can indulge in every day to help with your healthy eating.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of mistakes you can make at the salad bar, so let's learn about it together.

First, where to go:
If I had my choice and all the money and the time in the world I would drive to Whole Foods everyday because their salad bar is top notch.
My second choice for the KC metro area is the Brookside Market. Also in Brookside, the Price Chopper has a lovely selection.

Next, the staples...
Start with a spinach base. You need some sort of lettucy green so why not pick the best one for you. From there, you can add anything you like to the mix....carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, mushrooms, sprouts...

At this point in the bar is where you run into the more confusing items....Imitation crab....huh? Why would you eat that? What is it anyway? Stay away from Imitation crab, people.

Is there grilled chicken on the bar? That's a good option.

On to the jello, mayo and oil based dressings....DANGER!!
Stay clear of this section completely.

Add some fruit if you would like, strawberries are a good addition...skip the croutons and top with some Balsamic Vinegar (notice I did not say Vinaigrette).

There you have it....the perfect lunch and the perfect dinner.

Eat up!

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