Veggie Challenged - Salad help




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Grumbleworts
12-23-2005, 10:25 PM
So...anyone got any tips for making yourself eat salad? I know that eating healthy would be much easier if i could teach myself to do this....but I hate lettuce, and the texture of spinach and the like is kind of unpleasant to me. (I know, I'm wierd). I tried a Cobb salad once that had the spinach shredded so fine you couldn't tell it was tehre, but I have yet to get the same result at home.

I would really appreciate any help I can get! Thanks so much...I'm off to work out and get rid of the 6 cookies that "broke" on their way out of the oven during Christmas cookie baking tonight!

*sigh* and I had been doing so well too!

Thanks!

Vanessa


LLV
12-23-2005, 11:01 PM
You don't need to eat salad to eat healthy ;)

Do you like vegetables?

Grumbleworts
12-23-2005, 11:31 PM
I'm better than I used to be...

I eat most things now, tho I've tried, and I just can't do broccoli, cliflower or brussel sprouts. I say that it would be healthier just because i work in a high school, so a salad is better than the other options, and I could take it or buy it.

I'm still working on fruits....bananas I have always eaten...the rest we're working on


LLV
12-23-2005, 11:46 PM
Hon, don't worry about it or stress yourself over it. You eat the fruits and vegetables that you like and don't force yourself to eat the ones you don't like. I don't like most fruit and I don't worry about it. I eat most all veggies, with a few exceptions, but fruit? Forget it.

Just eat what you're comfortable eating and try and get as much as you can of the healthiest foods you enjoy. I don't stress myself out over stuff I SHOULD eat but don't want to ;)

DishyFishy
12-24-2005, 03:12 AM
I never force myself to eat things I detest, although I did try a high fibre breakfast cereal and discovered I actually liked it.... :chin:

I'm big on raw veggies, and can eat red cabbage, carrots, and the like 'til the cows come home. :T

Have you tried chopping up some crunchy veggies with an apple/pear and seedless raisins, and mixing with a little light mayo or sour cream? Highly nutritious, and a long way from those limp lettuce leaves that make me want to wilt, never mind the salads. :rolleyes: Sprouting beans and a few nuts liven things up a bit too.

Grumbleworts
12-24-2005, 08:26 AM
Thanks! It makes me feel better knowing that it isn't required to eat things I don't like. Dishy Fishy - I will keep that recipe in mind. :)
LLV - I'm glad to finally meet someone like me. My mother and my brother eat just about all fruits and veggies, and when I talk to them about it, they just don't get it sometimes.

:) THanks!

Suzanne 3FC
12-24-2005, 08:29 AM
I love salads, but I don't like all types of lettuce. I particularly hate the prepared "American" style lettuce mix, which contains iceberg lettuce and shredded carrots. It has an odd taste. Have you tried other varieties? There can be a huge difference in flavor and texture, so you may find one you like.

My favorite is a butterhead lettuce that has a very delicate flavor and texture, so it doesn't overpower the other ingredients. I always buy Fresh Express Riviera Salad Blend (http://www.freshexpress.com/OpCo_Source/products/product2.asp?cat=bl).

Grumbleworts
12-24-2005, 10:14 AM
Hmmm...I haven't heard of that one, but I willhave to look and see if i can find it the next time i go to the store. I've tried iceberg, and the "shreds" that my brother eats, and spinach. My next foray is going to be the mixed greens that aren't necessarily lettuce. But I will definietly look for the Butterhead.

Thanks!

LLV
12-24-2005, 11:48 AM
Thanks! It makes me feel better knowing that it isn't required to eat things I don't like. Dishy Fishy - I will keep that recipe in mind. :)
LLV - I'm glad to finally meet someone like me. My mother and my brother eat just about all fruits and veggies, and when I talk to them about it, they just don't get it sometimes.

:) THanks!
I agree with Dishy, don't force yourself to eat things you can't stand just because they're healthy. As I mentioned already, I don't like fruit. So I don't eat it. And like salads, for example. The only lettuce I like is iceberg, which has practically no nutritional value whatsoever, except a little fiber, vitamin A and potassium. But that's something, is it not? lol!

I don't like any other lettuce and just can't make myself eat it. Now, I LOVE baby spinach in my salads (and sometimes make my salads nothing BUT baby spinach), so I usually try and work some of that in with my lettuce. Plus I add carrots, peas, onions and other veggies, so I bump up the nutritional value of my salads by adding other stuff. But as with other salad greens, like romaine and a couple of others, I just don't like the stuff. So I'm not gonna worry about eating it. I find other ways to get the nutrients, plus I take a good multivitamin.

What ya do is make yourself a little list of the healthy foods you like and just try and find ways to incorporate them into your daily meal plans. Don't worry about the stuff you don't like, concentrate on the things you DO like ;)

Yogini
12-24-2005, 12:51 PM
What ya do is make yourself a little list of the healthy foods you like and just try and find ways to incorporate them into your daily meal plans. Don't worry about the stuff you don't like, concentrate on the things you DO like ;)


I agree...find other ways to get the nutrients you need, focus on what you *do* like and keep trying new things! You may find your tastes change.

Also, consider trying organic veggies and fruits when you can...an apple, tomato, carrot or new lettuce here...the flavor difference (when fresh) is AMAZING! :carrot:

LOL about the iceburg lettuce thing! My daughter (who thankfully loves all lettuces but the bitter ones: arugula, escarole and radiccio) used to tell me "At least iceburg has fiber, right?" and I'd say "If you eat the whole HEAD you'll get 3 grams!". :D

LLV
12-24-2005, 01:05 PM
LOL about the iceburg lettuce thing! My daughter (who thankfully loves all lettuces but the bitter ones: arugula, escarole and radiccio) used to tell me "At least iceburg has fiber, right?" and I'd say "If you eat the whole HEAD you'll get 3 grams!". :D
lol, yeah, that's my 'downfall' of the salad world. Other than baby spinach, which I eat quite a bit of, thankfully, I just don't like any other lettuce.

Hey, there's folate, too!

Seriously though, I try and make up for the lack of nutrients by adding other stuff. Like I said, sometimes I'll add carrots, peas, onions. I also like grape tomatoes (I'm a tomato fanatic, I grow my own every year), green pepper, banana pepper, etc. I don't do the red cabbage thing, though. Don't like that stuff either.

As far as vegetables, I'll eat just about any of them except greens, turnips, parsnips, things like that. As long as they're cooked crisp-tender (nothing worse than overcooked veggies). I like them still crunchy but not raw.

My mother-in-law literally PULVERIZES her veggies. She cooks broccoli and brussel sprouts until they're mush. I hate eating her vegetables. I mean, like the broccoli is literally an olive-green color and squishes in your mouth, you'd think she got it out of a can. I like it crunchy and bright green.

irisheyes213
12-27-2005, 02:41 PM
Stick with the veggies and fruits that you do like. Salads do not have to be lettuce based. Just try things that you like that sound good together. Most of my fave recipes came out of combining more than recipe together that sounded good.

I make salads that are cabbage based, carrot based, apple based, celery based, broccoli based, bean based, etc. Most of my salads don't have any lettuce because it doesn't last that long in the fridge. In the winter mostly our salads consist of root veggies and/or fruit.


HTH

LLV
12-27-2005, 07:26 PM
Sometimes I do a new 'twist' on salad when I'm bored of the same old stuff. I make sort of a Mexican-type salad. I saute red and green peppers with onions in fat-free cooking spray and some spices and throw in a couple of ounces of the Tyson ready-to-use steak or chicken strips. Then I put it, while warm, onto a bed of shredded lettuce and my dressing is 2 tablespoons of fat-free sour cream mixed with Ortega Red Chile Taco Sauce.

It's delicious!

Elanajel
12-28-2005, 08:40 PM
That Mexican salad sounds fantastic!

I make a lot of salads with marinated beans and cooked grains--rinse a can of beans (black-eyed peas, garbanzos, etc.) and mix with leftover cooked grain--brown rice, bulgur, millet, barley, etc. Mix in finely chopped raw vegetables. I often use scallions and red cabbage. Use a light vinaigrette dressing.

This is very filling as a meal. Gives you complete vegetarian protein, lots of fiber, minerals, etc.

If you are new to using beans, I highly recommend it. they are cheap and tasty.

LLV
12-28-2005, 09:29 PM
Nope, not new to beans. I like blackeyed peas, lentils, garbanzos, split peas, all that yummy stuff ;)

WaterRat
12-28-2005, 09:34 PM
You can make a quick and easy Mexican type salad by cooking a Smart Ones (or other variety) Santa Fe Rice and Beans frozen dinner, then dumping it on top of a bed of lettuce (any kind - or spinach). Very yummy. I like to add other things too - little avocado, fresh (sort of) tomatoes, and then some ff sour cream and salsa. This really stretches the frozen dinner, and is much better than if you ate them separately. :)

I also like to mix shredded cabbage with lettuce in my salads.

LLV
12-28-2005, 09:48 PM
You can make a quick and easy Mexican type salad by cooking a Smart Ones (or other variety) Santa Fe Rice and Beans frozen dinner, then dumping it on top of a bed of lettuce
Oh I love that santa fe rice and beans! And avocado too. I just had some avocado this past week, I love it.

Thanks for the tip, that sounds wonderful!

Grumbleworts
12-28-2005, 11:48 PM
You are all full of such good ideas! I am going to have to try and keep track of all of them, especially since I hit the christmas cookies WAY too much in the last three days. :-0. Thanks, and I am always willing to hear more, if someone adds something later!


Vanessa

Smilla
12-29-2005, 02:07 AM
Lettuce can be pretty boring. I like to eat greek village salad, which has no lettuce. Just chop up some tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, sweet bell peppers, and put either lite greek dressing on it or make your own with red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano, and crushed garlic. Sprinkle salad with a little bit of crumbled lite feta cheese if you wish and you're good to go.

DeafinlySmart
12-29-2005, 10:54 AM
I work in a elementry school so I know what you mean by salads being a better choice. We have the wimpy iceburg lettuce which I'm not fond of. I put very little lettuce and more of the other veggies. I can cut up the lettuce as well. One big thing I do though, is I stay away from their dressings. I buy my own and store it in the classroom. One last word of advice....stay away from croutons and salad toppings. They add flavor, but also many calories and fat. You can try garlic salt or a little parmesan cheese to make the flavor go a little further. Our school carries both to serve with pizza days. If you just can't stand the lettuce, just put the fresh veggies on your plate and add a fresh fruit. We always have fresh fruit available. If you don't, store it in your classroom.

PhysDom
12-29-2005, 11:03 AM
I have to agree with everyone. If you don't like it, don't eat it!

Try doing a recipe search at some resipe websites (allrecipes, recipezaar) and search the word 'salad' and you should find a lot that aren't lettuce based.

I love one made with steamed brocolli, apples, carrot shreds, small cubes of lean ham, raisins, and ff mayo and ff sour cream and ff plain yogurt (depending on what I have in the house). Add a **small** handful of crunchy nuts (walnuts, almonds) to the top and it's wonderful!

BritnyGirl
12-29-2005, 07:31 PM
Do you like avocado? put a little of that on your finely chopped salad veges, hey if you don't like lettuce, chop up carrots and cabbage, make a slaw type salad with a light ranch dressing or oil and vinegar. Another thing, put sliced almonds, or low fat cheese or fake bacon bits, just use small amounts

colleen2323
01-02-2006, 01:45 AM
:yes: :devil: I like to add foods like capers, jarred spicy peppers, low fat marinated artichokes etc. They are low in calories and have a lot of flavor! I also like to chop everything and mix a small amount of salad dressing and mix it together.

FluffyGirl79
01-06-2006, 04:01 PM
Sometimes smothering your lettuce in a *fruity* flavored dressing makes all the difference!

Try mixing your lettuce with some Raspberry Viniagrette salad dressing, almonds, apples, and dried cranberries. Yum!!! :) It's my favorite.

They make this same salad at Arby's...it's called the Martha's Vineyard salad!

mauvaisroux
01-16-2006, 01:34 PM
Try some different lettuce :) I can't stand Iceberg lettuce but enjoy Romaine, Red Leaf, Green Leaf and Boston Lettuce. I also buy the spring mix in a bag from Dole and mix it in with the other lettuce.

I usually add things like chopped cooked chicken, baked croutons and Newmans' own oil and vinegar dressing.

Other times I put in raw broccoli, low fat cheese, lean ham, tomato and cucumber and alfalpha sprouts.

A simple salad is sliced tomatoes and cucumber with feta cheese crumbled over top. Mix some oil and vinegar with Greek salad spices ( I use ClubHouse) and drizzle over the top of the cheese and veggies.

Lovemylife
03-05-2006, 10:55 PM
I love to eat salads. I eat them many ways. My favorite store bought salad dressing is Kraft Fat Free Catalina. It taste the best on the salad to me, do not smell or taste without food( doesn't taste as good by itself).

Favorite salad:
Lettuce (preferable not ice berg)
cherry tomatoes
cantaloupe pieces cut up with juice on a plate
almond slivers
fat free croutons
two slices of deli ham
small amt of mozzarella cheese

make the salad with the above and pour the cantaloupe with juice over the salad...OH SO GOOD. My husband was grossed out by this, but when he ate it, hmmm, good. Also try any variation with other fruits added. I prefer the dark leafy green lettuce and spinach as it has nutrients and ice berg lettuce is just water mostly.

Suzanne 3FC
03-07-2006, 08:32 PM
That sounds delicious! I would have never thought to put cantaloupe in a salad, interesting idea!

Misti in Seattle
03-09-2006, 09:30 AM
Red seedless or green grapes are also great in salads

xenigal
03-21-2006, 07:42 PM
At a church dinner recently the had chopped red apple added to the green salad and I was pleasantly surprised. It added just the right touch of sweet crunch! It was really delicious. Actually I think the apple was a delicious type.

Misti in Seattle
03-21-2006, 09:33 PM
I make coleslaw -- start with the bag kind that has carrots and stuff in it -- and add cashew pieces, red seedless grape halves, bits of cauliflower an broccoli and either chopped cherry or grape tomatoes, or cover the top with tomato slices. I just started playing around with it one day while making something for work... everyone raves over it and it has become kind of traditional for me to make!! It's GREAT