Recovery Day

Salads. They can be limp and depressing.

What even constitutes as a salad? Technically, it is considered to be a “cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables”. That even sounds sad.

Salads are controversial. Most people–including myself–don’t find eating leaves with sugar-y water as a dressing to be appetizing. You and I probably both prefer to eat heafty, filling salads that are easy to make.

This is what I’d like to call a “happy salad.” It’s crawling in calories and foods that will excite you so much so that you’ll look forward to eating it. (Hello bacon!)

Chicken Cobb Salad | 3 servings
6 large eggs, boiled
4 slices Bacon
8 cups spinach
2 cups pulled chicken (poach in water or bake in oven to save calories)
½ cup tomatoes
1 avocado
Salt, pepper
4 tbsp red wine vinegar, 4 tbsp dijon mustard  

  1. Coarsely cut up spinach and place in a bowl. Add in chicken, sliced boiled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and avocado.
  2. Mix salad together. Dress with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix together red wine vinegar with dijon mustard. Dress salad. Enjoy.

One of the things that makes or breaks a salad is the dressing. Mustard is low in calories and is incredibly yummy. But, if you would rather have a more scrumptious dressing, find one that you’ll enjoy but that won’t break your macronutrient bank for the day.

It can be that easy. Currently, I am obsessed with buying cabbage salad bags from Wal-Mart, slapping down a couple ounces of home-made chicken, and calling it a day. Or, if you’re not lazy like I am, you can make your own, like above.

And to all the carb monsters out there–don’t fret! Add in some leftover rice or potatoes to help fill you up. Other than that, any salad should be a green light for you.

Eating your veggies can be hard — but it doesn’t have to be. Find something you like, salad or not, and stick to it. Your body will thank you.

*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!

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