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no more sad salads

lately, i've been thinking about salads. now, i can't remember the last time i ate one [time is a flat circle: was is two weeks ago? was it yesterday?]. at any rate, let's hit a couple neutral nutrition notes about salad bowls:

dressing makes a salad. i said what i said. the fat from the dressing supports absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K!

crunch is crucial. adding crunchies like roasted chickpeas, tortilla chips, roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes, and croutons deliver on starchy carbs. if you're ever feeling peckish after eating a salad and it had protein, ask yourself -- did i have any starch?

you can have too much of a good thing. fiber is wonderful, AND you can have too much of it, especially in a sitting. stomach cramping, bloating, gas, and indigestion after a big salad might be related to it being a fiber bomb.

protein: do i or don't i? listen friend, you can do anything you want. if you want a salad as a meal, i would opt for an added protein [meat, fish, tofu, veggie burger, etc.] or an assembly of small proteins [edamame, legumes, seeds, nuts]. check in on what your hunger is asking of you and how you'd like to support Future You; go from there!

there is no rule.there has never been a lab test you've gotten in which the results indicated Critically Low Salad Intake. there is no rule that you have to eat salads! you can get vitamins, minerals, fiber, and hydration from countless other foods. so, if you really don't like salads, good news: you don't have to.

no sad salads. i firmly believe that salads don't need to be sad, boring, or exclusively a "health food." salads can be fun. throw in some pickles! toss in salt and vinegar chips! is that a meatball? do i see pasta? maybe! break up with the idea that salads are the "clean" meal you eat after a night out or the lunch of the week when "diet starts monday."

you already know this -- diet starts never. maybe a badass, nutritious, and decadent salad routine starts someday soon 🥗✨

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