I was perusing a site called "No Meat Athlete" the other day when I came across a pretty good nugget of wisdom. He (Matt Frazier) said that the way he sees it, you only have to eat healthy twice during the day. Once is in the morning, when a big fat smoothie can set the tone for the day and act as a vehicle for the consumption of superfoods and supplements that you want to work into your diet. The other is in the afternoon, when a big fat salad filled with greens, veggies, and nuts will fill you up and give you more veggies than most people eat all day.* After that, it's less of a big deal if you screw up the other meals.
Now THAT is something I can do! This logic falls in line with something I mentioned before, about how when the body is properly nourished, it's less likely to crave junk. Feed the body empty calories and it will crave more food, trying to capture the nutrients it's missing while you pack on pounds and stay under-energized. Feed the body nutrient dense food and it'll feel full, happy, and less like a cracked-out addict jonesing for her next fix, or brownie, as the case may be.
If you're going to be eating salads all the time, it's good to have a few dressings in your repertoire. If you get tired of standard vinaigrettes, nuts, avocados, and tofu can come in handy to creamy things up without adding cholesterol or bad fats. Giving up the cream doesn't mean you have to give up the creamy!
This simple dressing takes all of five minutes to make and will last in the fridge for a week. Use it as is, or experiment with adding curry powder, cayenne pepper, or lime juice to suit your tastes.
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup rough chopped fresh dill
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp dijon or deli mustard (optional)
- Blend the cashews, salt, lemon juice and water until smooth.
- Add the dill and mustard (if using) and blend until well incorporated.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
*Let's not forget that calorie for calorie, deep greens have more protein than anything else out there. Take a look at this chart and see for yourself: Protein Content of Green Vegetables Compared to Meat. There's similar info quoted on my Protein page as well. I just love that information.