Ironically, I’ve gotten several Fit Mommas confessing to me lately about their detestation with salads:
As you know, I’m a shameless salad-aholic. If someone makes a salad for me, you’ll find me head first in its goodness.
But it hasn’t always been that way for me.
Growing up, I had seen my mother sit at the same dining room table nearly every day of my life and eat the same salad. So in my mind, the math went like this:
salad = mom food = gross
I swore off salads before I ever even tasted them.
When I did jump onto the weight loss/healthy train I agreed with my presonal trainer to eat a salad every day. He explained that I needed 5-6 servings of veggies a day, so a salad was the easiest way to get those in. That made sense to me. So, what did I do? I just replicated my mother’s salad since that’s all I thought exisisted in the world. It went something like this:
- iceburg lettuce
- sliced cucumbers
- mini carrots
- diced tomato
- Fat Free Ranch dressing
I swear to you I ate that same exact salad nearly every day for nearly three years.
And then I hit a wall.
I couldn’t do it anymore. I hated it. I could not bring the fork to the mouth. I hated the smell, look, and taste of it. I had OD’ed on what I thought was the only option for salad and I couldn’t be in the same room with it ever again.
Until I was fed a real salad by my SIL.
She made a killer, huge salad for my family that was full of leafy greens, interesting cheeses, nuts, fruit, colorful vegetables and a salad dressing she whipped up herself in a jar.
I didn’t even know those glorious types of things existed until she walked into my brother’s life and in turn into mine.
Afterwards, I replicated what she did and have never looked back.
My biggest tip for enjoying salad is to try new ones. There are an infinite number of combos out there, which is probably why I love this food so much. Mix it up with the vegetables, dressings, oils, nuts, seeds, beans, cheeses, WOW!! When does this get old? Just writing about it makes my taste buds water.
But, alas, there are STILL those of you who aren’t going to be converted.
So the short answer is this: There is no rule saying only salad lovers can be healthy and fit. There is a rule saying, however, that we all need to eat tons of vegetables each day in order to be healthy (notice I didn’t say just skinny — HEALTH IS THE GOAL HERE, friends). If you aren’t going to load up your plate with some lucious rabbit food, then here are some other ideas:
Hey Fit Mommas — what about you? Are you a salad hater? How do you sneak the vegetables in? Comment below and tell us WHAT WORKS!