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Mulse
03-13-2014, 09:55 PM
I am doing the alternative IP plan but am really struggling with the amount of salad I'm supposed to eat. Don't get me wrong - I love cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, etc. but I just cannot stand eating a salad. I don't like the taste or texture of lettuce or spinach.

I'm not sure how to address this. Can I just eat the veggies that I would put into a salad without eating the actual lettuce/spinach and that's sufficient? Am I alone in my disdain for salad? What do you all do?


ColoradoCarol
03-13-2014, 10:08 PM
I don't like salad very much either. My coaches really promote eating 4+ cups of lettuce per day. She gave a technique/recipe for putting it in a shake:

2 cups romaine
1 packet IP wildberry yogurt drink
2tablespoons WF marshmallow dip
Mix above in blender then add 5 Ice cubes

I do this for breakfast and lunch.

I have heard other people use other drinks and then add lettuce and blend in the blender.

Hope this helps.

Ruth Ann
03-13-2014, 10:14 PM
I don't eat a lot of salads - I use the lettuce as "filler" for munching on when I get the "need to put something in my mouth" feeling. I eat the veggies separate.

Lettuce is unlimited and optional - some people do IP/alternatives without it. If you aren't have any issues (the water in lettuce can help with the Big C) I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Is it all lettuce you don't like or just specific ones? Iceberg, romaine, bibb, etc. all have different textures and tastes.


ColoradoCarol
03-13-2014, 10:21 PM
Ruth Ann - my coaches promote romaine. I have a continual problem with the big C. The clinic director (chiro). Feels lettuce is key to getting the weight off quicker. You have done well without using it.

I am willing to try the 4+ cups per day if it will come off sooner:)

JLUS
03-13-2014, 10:31 PM
It seems in general there are LOTS of benefits to adding the free lettuce in addition to the 4 cups of veggies. It also seems that eating it often results in bigger losses for some people (not all)... BUT, it is not a required component of IP protocol.

You may find that over time your taste for it might change, so don't rule it out completely forever.

Mulse
03-13-2014, 10:56 PM
Is it all lettuce you don't like or just specific ones? Iceberg, romaine, bibb, etc. all have different textures and tastes.

I can stand romaine more than the others, but before IP it was always coated in a thick, creamy salad dressing :D

I guess I'll just suck it up (I prefer larger losses to the smaller ones ;) )

trinny
03-13-2014, 11:13 PM
I've been adding jarred banana peppers to my salads and it's been transformative. They are salty, tangy, and make a huge difference in my enjoyment of the salad, as do finely sliced red onions. I think I'd be done with salads by now if it weren't for those two ingredients, but I actually look forward to my lunchtime salad every day.

Fearciuil
03-13-2014, 11:38 PM
Hey, Mulse, I'm right there with you. I just started last week and it didn't take more than a couple of days of eating salads to feel like those 4 cups of veggies per day were enough to choke a horse! So I've been looking for alternatives; zucchini chips are working and I can eat them a cup at a time, no problem. I also enlisted the help of the two vegetarians I work with--asked them for their favorite recipes. One asked what restrictions I'm under, so I emailed him the P1 profile sheet. I'll post recipes to the recipe thread when/if I get anything.

Oh, one thing I tried for lunch today with the chicken soup packet, at someone else's suggestion (probably someone here): I broke up 1 cup of broccoli florets into pretty small pieces and microwave-steamed them, then threw them in the chicken soup. Worked well, and I only needed one more cup of veg for that meal.

I'm still looking for interesting veg ideas, though. Purees look promising, if I can get my blender to puree things completely, and maybe a roasted-pepper-and-raw-onion salsa (I live somewhere with good Mexican food, and I'm already starting to miss it!)

As far as lettuce, my coach definitely told me it was optional, so I don't eat much of it. Romaine leaves as fajita shells have been about it so far.

Ruth Ann
03-13-2014, 11:41 PM
Ruth Ann - my coaches promote romaine. I have a continual problem with the big C. The clinic director (chiro). Feels lettuce is key to getting the weight off quicker. You have done well without using it.

I am willing to try the 4+ cups per day if it will come off sooner:)

Oh, I'm eating lettuce Carol just not as a salad. I have a tupperware container that I fill up with lettuce in the morning and then snack on it in the afternoon (that's my really hard time) at work. I probably get in 3-4 cups of it a day. I kind of slack on it on the weekends, for some reason I don't get the snack urge when I'm at home. Go figure.

AmberLS
03-13-2014, 11:53 PM
First what is the Big C? And second I don't eat a bunch of lettuce every day, I too did it during transition days as a filler, now the only time I eat it is for lettuce wraps with dinner. It is my understanding that it is not a must but it is unlimited so if a person is hungry. I just haven't found a dressing I like, I'm a huge ranch fan so not doing well with the salad part. I love veggies though!

amandie
03-14-2014, 12:11 AM
AmberLS- Big C is constipation. :)

joysh
03-14-2014, 01:21 AM
I sometimes add a kosher dill pickle to my salad for a different flavor.

Also, I sautee fresh garlic, chopped red and green peppers, and mushrooms in some evoo at lunchtime. Salt and pepper. Then I pour the IP mixed soup on top of that right into the frying pan. I love this with the broc-cheese soup, the chicken soup (I add curry powder to this one), the leek soup, and the a la king potage mix (more curry powder). This way I get 1 cup of veggies in it and it's thick with goodies.

Try romaine lettuce. If you still don't like it, wait a month then try it again. I found that my taste buds changed as I continued on the diet.

sarahBell
03-14-2014, 08:40 AM
I can stand romaine more than the others, but before IP it was always coated in a thick, creamy salad dressing :D

I guess I'll just suck it up (I prefer larger losses to the smaller ones ;) )

You can make the following salad dressing recipe ( I LOVE it and no longer buy WF which I cant stand)

1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1 shallot minced
1 egg white
1 tsp. Dijon or spicy mustard
Juice from half a lemon or line (optional)
1/1 to 1 full packet splenda or sweetener
1 c EVOO

In the blender mix all the ingredients EXCEPT the EVOO for abt 3-5 mins. Slowly add in the EVOO your dressing will be this thick and creamy super yummy emulsion that you can dip anything in :twirly:

This can help the no taste of lettuce trust me. I LOVE salad and all the good stuff in it so I am good!

AmberLS
03-14-2014, 09:18 AM
AmberLS- Big C is constipation. :)

Well that makes sense, I've been lucky to avoid this! :dizzy:

murphypuppy
03-14-2014, 02:59 PM
I've been adding jarred banana peppers to my salads and it's been transformative. They are salty, tangy, and make a huge difference in my enjoyment of the salad, as do finely sliced red onions. I think I'd be done with salads by now if it weren't for those two ingredients, but I actually look forward to my lunchtime salad every day.
This is a great idea!

ChipnDip
03-15-2014, 07:57 PM
I make Caesar dressing using WF mayo, lemon juice, Dijon, chopped garlic, dash of Worcestershire and cracked black pepper. Coats the lettuce great! I do miss croutons tho. Before IP I only ate 3 vegetables. Losing carrots just about killed me. I live on celery and I am slowing growing my repertoire of choices.

NightAngel26
03-15-2014, 08:46 PM
if it's a texture issue maybe you can shred it up really fine? or perhaps use it as a wrap for other food rather than a bowl of lettuce? Maybe even cook it, although I haven't tried that.


Oh and for an alternative texture for other things...more specifically cucumber or zuchs....try peeling with a julienne peeler. Someone else was talking about it on here and peeling and cooking with the peeled veg is kinda noodle like in texture and look :carrot:

NJ_Desi_Guy
03-15-2014, 11:05 PM
Thank you for stating that.. cause I am not a biggie on salad, and I thought it was optional as well

AmberLS
03-15-2014, 11:45 PM
Anyone have a good substitute for ranch? It's one of the few things I miss, I have ranch seasoning from Allison's pantry in a large 2lb bag because I love ranch on salad and veggies but it sits waiting lol, it's got buttermilk powder in it which is the only thing that concerns me about it... but I'd love a ranch alternative.

NightAngel26
03-16-2014, 08:53 AM
uf you're really stuck on ranch, I would be too.... the brand walden tarms seems to be officially accepted as IP safe.... they do have ranch.

rmcjaug
03-16-2014, 11:44 AM
I don't like salad very much either. My coaches really promote eating 4+ cups of lettuce per day. She gave a technique/recipe for putting it in a shake:

2 cups romaine
1 packet IP wildberry yogurt drink
2tablespoons WF marshmallow dip
Mix above in blender then add 5 Ice cubes

I do this for breakfast and lunch.

I have heard other people use other drinks and then add lettuce and blend in the blender.

Hope this helps.

I was so excited to see this post....I have been wondering how to do a "juicing" type recipe since no fruit. I would have never though to give the WF marshmallow a try. Definatly looking forward to giving this a try. Tried any other recipes like this?

AmberLS
03-16-2014, 11:54 AM
uf you're really stuck on ranch, I would be too.... the brand walden tarms seems to be officially accepted as IP safe.... they do have ranch.

I have some WF products but I've never seen ranch at my coaches, I'll have to look online.

schenectady
03-16-2014, 12:48 PM
I am someone who did not really like vegetables, except things like corn. My tastes have changed on IP and I actually crave and look forward to things like garlic roasted cabbage (the taste really changes when you pop it in a hot oven with some sprayed olive oil).

There are lots of recipes on here for some very different and unusual ways to do veggies - lots of things you can do with cauliflower that has been roasted. I roast my broccoli until it is almost burnt - nice and crunchy and a lovely roast flavor. I have fun discovering new ways to treat salad and veggies from postings here.

AmberLS
03-16-2014, 01:15 PM
I just ordered some mayo, ranch dip, and a ranch dressing all from vitacost.com that are walden farms, I hope they are all approved because in order to get them for $4 each you had to order 2 bottles of each thing lol

JLUS
03-16-2014, 05:27 PM
I just ordered some mayo, ranch dip, and a ranch dressing all from vitacost.com that are walden farms, I hope they are all approved because in order to get them for $4 each you had to order 2 bottles of each thing lol

As long as they were the 0/0/0 versions... they have a few dressings that are Sugar Free, but are not 0/0/.0 because they have fat (and maybe some carbs not from sugar?)

AmberLS
03-16-2014, 09:40 PM
Crud I don't know if they are, I'm going to be sad :(

ColoradoCarol
03-16-2014, 10:13 PM
I was so excited to see this post....I have been wondering how to do a "juicing" type recipe since no fruit. I would have never though to give the WF marshmallow a try. Definatly looking forward to giving this a try. Tried any other recipes like this?

The recipe came from the chiro (clinic director) - who was "sat" in for my normal coach when he was out. She said the marshmallow dip adds creaminess and sweet. It does.

I haven't tried any other recipes

Arwa4u
04-25-2014, 06:54 PM
I usually don't LOVE salad but I found an awesome salad mix at Costco that pretty much takes care of my lettuce and veggie requirement. It has kale,chicory,cabbage and Brussels sprouts ( I pick them out.) I use two cups of the mix and a few big handfuls of romaine. Let it marinate in some WF dressing for about 10 minutes and it is absolutely delicious. I actually crave it.

momotrips3
05-05-2014, 01:19 PM
I don't hate salad, but the dressings are all too runny or too sweet or sour. I can't seem to find or make one that tastes really good. I literally have to choke the stuff down. Gag. Also, veggies, sigh. I wish green beans weren't so restricted. I also really miss carrots. Broccoli is my favorite and so is cucumber, but do they cause as much upper GI problems for anyone else? I will be trying some of these recipes for sure.

canadjineh
05-05-2014, 01:31 PM
Thank you for stating that.. cause I am not a biggie on salad, and I thought it was optional as well

Salad IS optional. It's just a go-to if you feel you don't have enough volume on your plate. I never had salad while I was losing weight, but I do like the 'bulkier' veggies, like jicama, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, sauerkraut, etc.
I think some clinics tell their members to eat all that salad because there are so many that don't have a feel for healthy serving sizes and like to see a heaped plate so they don't feel deprived, but that's mainly a psychological issue.

Liana :broc::broc::broc:

mckaren4
05-05-2014, 01:34 PM
I like to eat my veggies cooked with 2 egg whites in an omlet
(I make it then take it in a thermos for lunch)
I also add spinach to my drinks to make a green smoothie.

65X65
05-05-2014, 01:38 PM
I don't hate salad, but the dressings are all too runny or too sweet or sour. I can't seem to find or make one that tastes really good. I literally have to choke the stuff down. Gag. Also, veggies, sigh. I wish green beans weren't so restricted. I also really miss carrots. Broccoli is my favorite and so is cucumber, but do they cause as much upper GI problems for anyone else? I will be trying some of these recipes for sure.

For all who hate veggies and choke down salads...At some point you need to have a selfie-reality check session...these are foods that must be part of your life forever after. Not negotiable in most cases for someone with a weight issue..

In fact...you need to replace some of the things you used to eat too much of with these choices on going...even after P1-2- and 3. They must be a major piece of P4 maintenance. Or you will gain it all back. These are the good carbs. The ones that will "run your machine" so to speak. When you get to maintenance if you add foods that are high in carbohydrates and more calorie dense, you will gain your weight back...and possibly VERY quickly. You need to assess how carb sensitive you are. Most who are finally able to lose weight on this protocol are very carb sensitive and have to make life long changes.

Your tastes CAN change...and after you rid your body of the effects of carbo-rich foods and meals...take the opportunity to redirect your taste to things that will allow you to eat what you need for nutritional benefits...(OK..some fun stuff...OCCASSIONALLY. Not everyday. Ever again.)....

It all has to start in your head though.... what do you really want? This is real and it may be your only reality when it comes to how you eat in the furture... So while on P-1 &2, you have the chance to reinvent yourself.

Good luck...You can do this...a lot of us have had to do this.

64peppergirl
05-05-2014, 01:43 PM
I've been adding jarred banana peppers to my salads and it's been transformative. They are salty, tangy, and make a huge difference in my enjoyment of the salad, as do finely sliced red onions. I think I'd be done with salads by now if it weren't for those two ingredients, but I actually look forward to my lunchtime salad every day.

Ditto!!! I also recently discovered how the jarred banana peppers really bump up the taste of a salad. I also make sure to finely chop everything together into a chopped salad. That makes it taste even better to me.

ChipnDip
05-05-2014, 01:57 PM
For all who hate veggies and choke down salads...At some point you need to have a selfie-reality check session...these are foods that must be part of your life forever after. Not negotiable in most cases for someone with a weight issue..

In fact...you need to replace some of the things you used to eat too much of with these choices on going...even after P1-2- and 3. They must be a major piece of P4 maintenance. Or you will gain it all back. These are the good carbs. The ones that will "run your machine" so to speak. When you get to maintenance if you add foods that are high in carbohydrates and more calorie dense, you will gain your weight back...and possibly VERY quickly. You need to assess how carb sensitive you are. Most who are finally able to lose weight on this protocol are very carb sensitive and have to make life long changes.

Your tastes CAN change...and after you rid your body of the effects of carbo-rich foods and meals...take the opportunity to redirect your taste to things that will allow you to eat what you need for nutritional benefits...(OK..some fun stuff...OCCASSIONALLY. Not everyday. Ever again.)....

It all has to start in your head though.... what do you really want? This is real and it may be your only reality when it comes to how you eat in the furture... So while on P-1 &2, you have the chance to reinvent yourself.

Good luck...You can do this...a lot of us have had to do this.


I know you are right and that's what worries me. My tastes have changed. No sweetener in my tea anymore. But it is the texture of veggies I don't like. I know I will just have to have my go to ones and learn to make them a part of every meal. I still have a long way to go. Maybe in 50 more pounds I will have gotten over my issues! :p

canadjineh
05-05-2014, 02:00 PM
Ditto!!! I also recently discovered how the jarred banana peppers really bump up the taste of a salad. I also make sure to finely chop everything together into a chopped salad. That makes it taste even better to me.

I checked out some other veggies (not on the list) and * I don't suggest what you might call cheating * but, as an example, nopales have only 2 net carbs per cooked cup while broccoli has 6 per cooked cup. Sooooo, what I'm saying is just because it isn't on your P1 list doesn't mean you will have to stick to THOSE veggies for the rest of your life. Do a little research as there are lots of other veggie possibilities in other cultures that can expand your horizons and tastes so you won't get bored or 'overcarbed' when you reach maintenance.

Think outside the box for ways to prepare the 'usual' veggies as 64peppergirl did ;) Also, I agree with 65x65 - everyone needs to increase their use of lower carb veggies to stay at their proper weight for the rest of their life. If you go back to eating just peas, carrots, and corn... you are looking for trouble. The reason they are fave veg of many is because of their higher carb (sugar/starch) count.

Liana

65X65
05-05-2014, 02:09 PM
I know you are right and that's what worries me. My tastes have changed. No sweetener in my tea anymore. But it is the texture of veggies I don't like. I know I will just have to have my go to ones and learn to make them a part of every meal. I still have a long way to go. Maybe in 50 more pounds I will have gotten over my issues! :p

We are all "rooting" for you...as Liana says there ARE others...and you will need to be proactive to find what you like AND what will allow you to be healthy and normal weight at maintenance. Cooking/not cooking things is a mater of taste.....it's all good...according to you! And trust us, your taste and preferences will change. Many write Whoop-dee-dooo posts to celebrate and share this event when they find they like something they NEVER thought they would! It's a real game changer when that happens!

ChipnDip
05-05-2014, 02:13 PM
If love to try jicama but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I know I have seen it before.

canadjineh
05-05-2014, 02:31 PM
If love to try jicama but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I know I have seen it before.

Easy to find at Safeway or other large grocery stores (I assume you are in US?). If you can't find it there, try a Mexican/Central American/South American food mart. Not very expensive and seriously addictive if you like juicy crunch (raw) or as baked 'fries' with spices.

Ruth Ann
05-05-2014, 04:36 PM
If love to try jicama but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I know I have seen it before.

Just a caution - make the produce worker cut it open for you before you buy. There is nothing worse than getting it home and finding it all brown inside. I have never figured out how to tell from the outside if it's good or not.

SophieLT
05-05-2014, 06:03 PM
Just a caution - make the produce worker cut it open for you before you buy. There is nothing worse than getting it home and finding it all brown inside. I have never figured out how to tell from the outside if it's good or not.

What color should it be on the inside?

drd1961
05-05-2014, 06:57 PM
For all who hate veggies and choke down salads...At some point you need to have a selfie-reality check session...these are foods that must be part of your life forever after. Not negotiable in most cases for someone with a weight issue..

In fact...you need to replace some of the things you used to eat too much of with these choices on going...even after P1-2- and 3. They must be a major piece of P4 maintenance. Or you will gain it all back. These are the good carbs. The ones that will "run your machine" so to speak. When you get to maintenance if you add foods that are high in carbohydrates and more calorie dense, you will gain your weight back...and possibly VERY quickly. You need to assess how carb sensitive you are. Most who are finally able to lose weight on this protocol are very carb sensitive and have to make life long changes.

Your tastes CAN change...and after you rid your body of the effects of carbo-rich foods and meals...take the opportunity to redirect your taste to things that will allow you to eat what you need for nutritional benefits...(OK..some fun stuff...OCCASSIONALLY. Not everyday. Ever again.)....

It all has to start in your head though.... what do you really want? This is real and it may be your only reality when it comes to how you eat in the furture... So while on P-1 &2, you have the chance to reinvent yourself.

Good luck...You can do this...a lot of us have had to do this.

Triple like! Well put.

ChipnDip
05-05-2014, 07:14 PM
Easy to find at Safeway or other large grocery stores (I assume you are in US?). If you can't find it there, try a Mexican/Central American/South American food mart. Not very expensive and seriously addictive if you like juicy crunch (raw) or as baked 'fries' with spices.

No, I'm in Ontario. I will have to ask. I know I have seen it. Is it usually with fruit or the potatoes?

canadjineh
05-05-2014, 09:02 PM
No, I'm in Ontario. I will have to ask. I know I have seen it. Is it usually with fruit or the potatoes?

Ontario is easy then, I am in BC, try Safeway or Sobeys or Loblaws. They should be white & crunchy inside - looks like uncooked potato sort of, but whiter less creamy and watery/juicy. Usually in with the 'strange' veggies in the fresh veggie display cases.

They are fairly sweet and make a great P1 sweet snack that reminds me of apple pie - just cut sticks after peeling fibrous peel off, dip into ground powdered cinnamon or cinnamon clove mixture and it's juicy like a fresh apple and tastes like pie.

Mulse
05-06-2014, 12:28 AM
It's funny that this thread was bumped today because I was just thinking about the difference in attitude I have towards salad now. I've never been a huge salad eater. But I have noticed that on this plan, if my carbs creep higher than 35 net (usually from my restricted) that I feel more hungry the next day. I have come to terms with the fact that my body is probably more sensitive to carbs than the normal person's and that a salad will have to be in my diet for the rest of my life in order to get some carbs but healthy ones. I'm okay with that. If a salad = healthier weight for me, then so be it.

momotrips3
05-06-2014, 04:52 PM
For all who hate veggies and choke down salads...At some point you need to have a selfie-reality check session...these are foods that must be part of your life forever after. Not negotiable in most cases for someone with a weight issue..

In fact...you need to replace some of the things you used to eat too much of with these choices on going...even after P1-2- and 3. They must be a major piece of P4 maintenance. Or you will gain it all back. These are the good carbs. The ones that will "run your machine" so to speak. When you get to maintenance if you add foods that are high in carbohydrates and more calorie dense, you will gain your weight back...and possibly VERY quickly. You need to assess how carb sensitive you are. Most who are finally able to lose weight on this protocol are very carb sensitive and have to make life long changes.

Your tastes CAN change...and after you rid your body of the effects of carbo-rich foods and meals...take the opportunity to redirect your taste to things that will allow you to eat what you need for nutritional benefits...(OK..some fun stuff...OCCASSIONALLY. Not everyday. Ever again.)....

It all has to start in your head though.... what do you really want? This is real and it may be your only reality when it comes to how you eat in the furture... So while on P-1 &2, you have the chance to reinvent yourself.

Good luck...You can do this...a lot of us have had to do this.
I don't hate salad, I actually eat a lot of salad normally, however, I'm generally really full with the other food on plan so far. The dressing is kinda bumming me out so I end up not finishing the salad. Oil & vinegar with spices is better than the WF stuff and I can somewhat enjoy it, but it would be great if there was something "creamyish" we could make that was a better tasting sub than Walden Farms. There are low carb, low calorie dressings that I use when I eat normally that just aren't allowed. Salad dressing is not what has made me fat! Haha! Salad will be the least of my concerns when I phase off of this into maintenance! I do expect that my tastes will change, as well. I agree, we need to learn a better way to eat and I intend to. I will be trying every salad dressing recipe I come across on this board! I'll find a great one eventually!

65X65
05-06-2014, 09:28 PM
I don't hate salad, I actually eat a lot of salad normally, however, I'm generally really full with the other food on plan so far. The dressing is kinda bumming me out so I end up not finishing the salad. Oil & vinegar with spices is better than the WF stuff and I can somewhat enjoy it, but it would be great if there was something "creamyish" we could make that was a better tasting sub than Walden Farms. There are low carb, low calorie dressings that I use when I eat normally that just aren't allowed. Salad dressing is not what has made me fat! Haha! Salad will be the least of my concerns when I phase off of this into maintenance! I do expect that my tastes will change, as well. I agree, we need to learn a better way to eat and I intend to. I will be trying every salad dressing recipe I come across on this board! I'll find a great one eventually!

Agree the WF...did not do much for me either! :shrug::shrug::cb:Found rice vinegar and olive oil OK...began adding spicy mustard to that to make a mustard vinaigrette ..that was good. Then found olive oil and fresh squeeze of lemon or line with fresh pepper...liked that a lot and it was easy to get in a restaurant.

Becca Boo
05-06-2014, 10:20 PM
My biggest surprise was that I like Brussels sprouts. I steam them first, then sauté in evoo with garlic and salt until the outsides are brown. They're really good.

Sully1961
05-07-2014, 01:51 PM
You can make the following salad dressing recipe ( I LOVE it and no longer buy WF which I cant stand)

1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1 shallot minced
1 egg white
1 tsp. Dijon or spicy mustard
Juice from half a lemon or line (optional)
1/1 to 1 full packet splenda or sweetener
1 c EVOO

In the blender mix all the ingredients EXCEPT the EVOO for abt 3-5 mins. Slowly add in the EVOO your dressing will be this thick and creamy super yummy emulsion that you can dip anything in :twirly:

This can help the no taste of lettuce trust me. I LOVE salad and all the good stuff in it so I am good!

Trying this salad dressing tonight - looks delicious.

I go through fits and starts with salads. There will be days where I cannot get enough lettuce and greens and others where I do not feel like crunching on my veggies. That's where I find having homemade soup available helps. It allows me to put my greens into a soup and eat them that way.

momotrips3
05-07-2014, 08:45 PM
My biggest surprise was that I like Brussels sprouts. I steam them first, then sauté in evoo with garlic and salt until the outsides are brown. They're really good.

Try roasting the sprouts in the oven. Cut them in halves or quarters, shake in a bag with a little olive oil, salt, pepper & spices. SO good. Roasted cauliflower or broccoli is delicious, too. I'm starting to get used to this!

CrimsonKitten
05-08-2014, 10:29 AM
I feel your pain 'cause I hate iceberg lettuce with a passion. I experimented and tried different types of lettuce and leafy greens. Have you tried romaine with shredded purple cabbage? I also like field greens. Sometimes I mix in some fresh kale. Another lettuce you might try is arugula. It is peppery. I love it with cucumbers and red peppers. It is also wonderful with watermelon radishes or even on its own. They are so pretty when they are cut because they look like a watermelon and they are mild. I make most of my own dresses because I don't care for most of the WF or creamy dressings in general even though I do use them occasionally.

Chop some fresh herbs and add them to your greens. Try fresh basil in the greens or cilantro.

Try pre-shredded angel hair cabbage as a base for salad. There are no carrots in that mix.

Thai style dressing: I use a tsp of grape see oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 TBP lime juice, 1 stevia or splenda packet, and a tsp of fresh ginger and a tsp of fresh chopped cilantro.

Other dressings I like: Lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic make a nice dressing. Sometimes, I will mix apple cider vinegar, dill, olive oil, salt, pepper, and splenda.

Keep at it, you'll find something you like.

Ruth Ann
05-08-2014, 11:09 AM
I feel your pain 'cause I hate iceberg lettuce with a passion. I experimented and tried different types of lettuce and leafy greens. Have you tried romaine with shredded purple cabbage? I also like field greens. Sometimes I mix in some fresh kale. Another lettuce you might try is arugula. It is peppery. I love it with cucumbers and red peppers. It is also wonderful with watermelon radishes or even on its own. They are so pretty when they are cut because they look like a watermelon and they are mild. I make most of my own dresses because I don't care for most of the WF or creamy dressings in general even though I do use them occasionally.

Chop some fresh herbs and add them to your greens. Try fresh basil in the greens or cilantro.

Try pre-shredded angel hair cabbage as a base for salad. There are no carrots in that mix.

Thai style dressing: I use a tsp of grape see oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 TBP lime juice, 1 stevia or splenda packet, and a tsp of fresh ginger and a tsp of fresh chopped cilantro.

Other dressings I like: Lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic make a nice dressing. Sometimes, I will mix apple cider vinegar, dill, olive oil, salt, pepper, and splenda.

Keep at it, you'll find something you like.

All good ideas! Just remember to count the cabbage, arugula, field greens, etc. as part of your veggies - only lettuce (iceberg, romaine, butter, etc.) is a "free" food.

dtbutler4
05-08-2014, 05:56 PM
I don't like salad very much either. My coaches really promote eating 4+ cups of lettuce per day. She gave a technique/recipe for putting it in a shake:

2 cups romaine
1 packet IP wildberry yogurt drink
2tablespoons WF marshmallow dip
Mix above in blender then add 5 Ice cubes

I do this for breakfast and lunch.

I have heard other people use other drinks and then add lettuce and blend in the blender.

Hope this helps.

I think I may try this for breakfast tomorrow, thanks for the recipe!

I have some WF products but I've never seen ranch at my coaches, I'll have to look online.

Im not sure if you have tried it yet, but WF has a Chipotle Ranch, its not great but it might suffice to calm your Ranch flavor craving.