Veggie Challenged - I'm giving up salad!

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06-11-2009, 03:35 PM
I hereby give myself permission to stop eating salad. I will not feel anymore guilt. I will not stare at a salad with sad eyes until I give myself a panic attack and go get a cheeseburger. I don't eat salads. There is no reason I have to. Salad is not a required food group.

I have agonized over salad for years. I try to make myself eat them often. They always leave me miserable. It feels like punishment. When I'm not eating salad and just eating healthy otherwise I feel a huge amount of guilt over not getting in enough veggies, or enough raw veggies because everyone knows you are supposed to eat them. I try adding cheese, meat, fruit, dressings, dips, anything to make them more appealing to me but I just can't get over it. I have blown countless attempts at getting healthy over a stare down with a salad which ends in me going completely off plan just so I don't have to think about salad anymore. I know .... I have issues.

So I've made the decision to stop trying with salad, guilt free. I can do this because I recently discovered a couple of alternative ways for me to eat raw veggies which I actually look forward to. I can't believe its taken me 20 years to figure out there are other ways to do this. I can't even express how much better I feel to be past my salad problem.

Here's how I've been getting in my raw veggies. Sorry, can't post links yet =(

Green Monster - Got the idea from the "Oh She Glows" blog. - can be found on google

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (You could use some other kind of milk here)
3-4 cups raw spinach, spring mix, or other raw greens.
1 frozen ripe banana (If your banana isn't frozen just add ice)
Blend until smooth

This tastes like a banana smoothie. My 14 year old step son even likes them. I don't notice the greens except for the color. After the basic recipe I can add protein powder, other fruit, other veggies (carrots, cucumber, squash, sweet potato) , almond or peanut butter, flax oil, or other mix ins. I have been eating 2 of these a day for a few weeks now. They give me such an energy kick. I'm going to try with half a banana next because I've been craving them in the afternoon and want to take an extra to put in the work fridge to have with my afternoon snack.

Veggie Cereal - From the "My Charming Kids" blog - can be found on google
"3 T raw pecans
3 peeled baby carrots
1/2 cup cauliflower
1/2 cup broccoli
1 large peeled, cored apple

Chop the pecans and carrots in a food processor. Pulse until all they are chopped into small pieces. Add the cauliflower, broccoli and apple and pulse again until all ingredients are about the size of couscous.Scoop a generous serving in a cereal bowl, add cinnamon and almond milk."

I've only just found this and had it a couple of times but its a keeper. I make it with Unsweetened vanilla almond breeze and add a little sweetener. The apple/vanilla/cinnamon flavors overpower the the veggies to where this is almost a dessert. So far I've had it as a night time snack. I am going to experiment with this one and see if other veggies work.

I also eat raw veggies as part of sandwich stuffings and some kinds of cooked veggies with dinner. My new outlook is to think about preparations I know I like, and look for ways to add different vegetables to it so that I'm getting enough bulk and variety.

If you have other alternative raw veggie recipes, I would love to hear them!

06-11-2009, 03:40 PM
I've been wanting to try a green juice (although I'm wanting to do one that's not sweet), but I never would have thought of that "cereal" tasting good in a million years.

06-11-2009, 04:03 PM
My "salads" rarely have lettuce in them anyways. I love to cut up cucumber, tomato, and onion and eat it like that. Or I'll just cut up cauliflower and broccoli and put some FF Ranch on it and chow down.

But hey as long as your are getting your veggies you are fine- specially if you liked cooked veggies! :)

06-11-2009, 05:17 PM
I guess I can't relate because i love salads. lol

06-12-2009, 05:46 PM
I love salads but I also love green smoothies.

06-14-2009, 08:39 PM
I always feel like I'm getting "robbed" of food if I eat a salad for a meal. I'm a bit weirded out by spinach smoothies though... but hey, whatever works! I prefer just to much on veggies when I can. I'm more of a fruit person.

06-15-2009, 10:07 AM
I don`t believe in diets which contain things you don`t enjoy. There is other was of getting the goodness of salad, and, besides, the dressings can be fattier than a pasta sauce or fillet of fish!

06-15-2009, 11:00 AM
I don't think salad is necessary for anyone to lose weight but I love salads. As far as salad dressings go, I don't really use them. I use salsa a lot but also things like Galeos and then there is one called TonTon (I think). All of those are 10 calories per tbsp.

I love a salad as part of a meal and sometimes the meal itself.

06-17-2009, 11:08 AM
salad isn't necessary, but i'm a strong believer that lightly cooked and raw veggies should be a big part of ones diet.
those raw veggie ideas sound swell, esp the cereal. that's quite different :)

i'm wondering though if you just made your salads too boring? i love a good salad with nuts, cheeses, chicken, eggs, dried cranberries or avocado. if the salad is going to be a meal, i think it should contain something more than just greens.
Also a good dressing can make all the difference.

06-19-2009, 09:37 PM
I do like salads, but you're right, sometimes I just crave something else...

Really cool ideas for new ways to get veggies. I'd thought I'd seen a lot of recipes but those were completely new to me. Thanks for posting them!

06-19-2009, 09:40 PM
Great ideas! Thanks. :)

06-20-2009, 08:07 AM
I could easily eat salads 3x a day. But they don't consist of ice berg lettuce and tomatoes. There are SO many varieties of salads out there.

Just yesterday I cut up a peach and threw it in there with baby spinach, European greens, red onion, grape tomatoes, orange peppers, cucumbers, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, and a splash or 2 of balsamic vinegar - MAJOR yumm!

Today I am making another great salad. Thinly sliced mango & cucumbers (both the long way, in strips), thinly sliced red onions and thinly sliced orange peppers, dressed with lime juice, cilantro and some black pepper, served on a bed of baby spinach and topped with a few chopped pecans. NOTHING boring there.

I make a WONDERFUL red cabbage salad with red wine vinegar, shredded carrots, scallions, craisins, mandarin oranges and slivered almonds.

Then there's hearts of palm, grape tomatoes, red onions, avocado, garlic and lemon.

And roasted grape tomatoes and chopped garlic salad. Out of this world.

Chickpeas & other beans go great in salads. As do strawberries.

Tuna, grilled chicken, turkey breast, salmon - all great accompaniments.

I make a salad with pears and raspberries - super yummy.

Oh, I make TONS of delicious salads. Saying you don't like salads is SUCH a blanket statement. The possibilities are endless. Be creative!

06-22-2009, 02:50 AM
This thread just gave me some good ideas. I think I'm going to try making my own vegetable and fruit salads...:D

06-22-2009, 07:37 AM
Instead of eating salad, try making soup instead. Sometimes I take low sodium, fat free chicken broth and add fresh carrots, green beans, broccoli, onions, any non-carb vegetables (no potatoes, noodles). I may put a very small amount of brown rice. Cook until the vet ables are done, but still a little firm.

06-22-2009, 12:38 PM
That's interesting. I have to admit I was sceptical when I read the Subject of this thread, but it looks like you are getting raw veggies in a different form, so that's good.
Personally, I have a big salad each day. I am more like Robin, I throw all sorts of things together, veggies together with fruit and I usually add some dried cranberries (yeah, carbs, I know, but I love the little kicks of sweetness). I also add sunflower seeds and flax seed. Not so much cheese lately. I love dressings like raspberry or mango vinaigrette - they are pricey but so worth it.
I think I will make a smoothie following your recipe - I have lots of spinach at home that I am sure I won't be able to use up before it wilts, and there is a banana kicking around in the kitchen. I have to get the almond milk - I don't know if it's available here, I never heard of it. But I like soy milk, too.

Lucky Charms
07-28-2009, 01:17 PM
I love salads, so my "good for you" food that I hate is yogurt. I have tried and tried to make myself like yogurt. Like abie with her salad I would pile on lots of high calorie stuff to try and make it more palatable: granola, dried fruit, nuts. Still I just do not like it.

I have finally accepted that yogurt is not for me and to just get over feeling guilty every time I pass yogurt in the supermarket.

07-30-2009, 09:06 PM
I think that the only veggies I do like are the ones that I can put in a salad. Good for you for doing what is better for you!:D

Thighs Be Gone
07-30-2009, 09:18 PM
I love all fruits and veggies.

I have to say though--your recipe ideas are very much RoCkIn'!

Things rarely, rarely surprise me cooking wise but that cereal thing is a new one on me. I cannot wait to try it. I have a difficult time with binging on cereal. Nice to find a recipe for something I can binge all I like--well, almost.

Thanks for the post.

08-03-2009, 01:55 PM
I really dont' like veggies either, except corn and that's not the BEST one... so one cool way to get in spinash is that I add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of spinach to a bowl of Chili... it works for me. -Can't even taste the spinach! I learned that at a seminar I went to on the "New American Plate" and I thought it was a keeper!

08-03-2009, 03:58 PM
I can't say there's a class of foods I don't like. Liking almost everything is both an advantage and a disadvantage. More than anything, I like novelty. If I eat anything too many days in a row, I start feeling desperate for something "interesting," and sometimes use it as an excuse to go eat something fattening-interesting.

So, I work on making my food choices lighter-interesting. I was craving a caramel apple the other day, so made an apple salad with diced apple, light sour cream, a tbsp of brown sugar and a couple packets of Splenda. It was really good, and I could calculate everything into my exchange plan.

I need a lower calorie, and lower carb alternative to the brown sugar and I think I'm going to order caramel or brown sugar extract from the Spices, Etc online catalog.

I love salads, but mostly they don't contain much if any lettuce. I do like spring greens/leaf lettuce more than iceberg lettuce, but I also make a lot of nonlettuce salads. Yesterday I made a wheat berry and beat salad, with wheat berries, canned beats, onions, and my favorite vinaigrette dressing. I toped it with grilled chicken, and it was awesome. Completely lettuce-free, though.

08-05-2009, 10:03 PM
The only 2 veggies I don't like are lettuce and lima beans so I hate traditional salads too! I eat other salads though like spinach, cucumber, or 3 bean salad yum!

08-05-2009, 10:17 PM
I know there are books by Seinfeld's wife and someone else about getting veggies into kids by hiding them in other foods. You might want to look into something like that if you are wanting to add veggies but don't really like a lot of them.

08-28-2009, 04:32 AM
I like veggies and I always eat them with lunch and dinner but I don't like salad either and I also have decided to make it ok to not eat it. It IS ok to not like something healthy, as long you still get your fiber, nutrients, etc from other veggies.

09-10-2009, 10:37 AM
Not a salad fan either, except maybe as a small side dish.

I do like raw veggies (cucumber, red onions, peppers of all kinds, carrots, broccoli, etc.) with hummus or dip.

I'm trying to reduce starchy foods so last night I made fake "nachos". I heated up leftover homemade chili with a little shredded cheese and dipped veggies in it instead of tortilla chips.

09-10-2009, 07:21 PM
It's funny how this post was about how you abhor salads, and ended up with a crap-ton of salad ideas, hahahha!

I like salads sometimes, but I can totally agree with you. I would much rather have a nice filling warm meal then eat rabbit food for dinner.

Good for you. You don't need to eat salad! Who says so?:D

09-10-2009, 08:09 PM
I don't like salads either. Sure, I've had the ones like robin suggests, but I find them too much of a pita to make myself.

Whenever someone suggests a restaurant I don't like, they always say-well I'm sure they have a salad-bleh, who cares. For me a salad is not a meal.
As for raw veggie recipies I highly recommend raw foods 'cook' books. You get great ideas that you would never think to do with veggies.
Raw food, real world is my favorite.

Try kale in your green smoothie-i put kale in just about everything and just love it.

Crystallina 27
09-13-2009, 09:29 PM
It's great that you found a way to get veggies in your diet that you enjoy! I want to try that smoothy recipe. It sounds nutritious. :)