Health & Fitness
Healthy Salad Recipes to Whip your Body Into Shape
Whether you want to feel a little less sluggish or you want to lose a few pounds to feel better about yourself, there are plenty of healthy salads that will not only set your taste buds tingling, but also help you to feel better inside and out.
Salads have come a long way in the last few years. They are so much more than a few green leaves and cubes of chopped-up vegetable. Salads have become a meal in themselves, and a desirable, tasty meal at that – something you could happily swap the burger for, a few times a week.
Moroccan Lamb and Mint Salad: Kcal per serving: 227
This scrumptious salad is perfect for a dinner party, especially for the summer. Non-stodgy but filling, thanks to the healthy serving of protein, plus lamb is a great source of the essential mineral, selenium.
Rub a ¼ pound of lamb chops with garlic and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Grill on a medium heat for 5 minutes each side for rare, or longer if you prefer your lamb more well-done. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes, then cut into bite-sized cubes.
To create a yogurt and mint dressing, mix together two large tablespoons of 2% Greek style yogurt with a dash of cinnamon, a generous pinch of cayenne pepper, a pinch of salt, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a handful of ripped mint leaves.
To assemble the salad, cut a carrot into long thin ribbons and toss with the lamb and yoghurt dressing. Top with a tablespoon of golden raisins. Delicious!
Egg and Asparagus: 209 Kcal per serving
Fresh, filling and utterly delicious, an egg and asparagus salad is the perfect lunch time salad that will keep you fuller for longer to stop those dreaded sugar cravings in the afternoon.
To make this delightful healthy salad, cut 8 asparagus spears into around 2-inch pieces and lightly sauté with a finely chopped garlic glove. Toss the sautéed asparagus with two handfuls of mixed green leaves and top with one chopped boiled egg. Dress with 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and add salt and pepper to taste.
Endive, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad: 235 Kcal per serving
Sweet and savoury with a gorgeous crunch, this lovely salad contains oodles of healthy vitamins and plenty of the good fat to keep that heart and body healthy.
Prepare the crunch first by combining a small handful of halved walnuts and 1/4 ounce of cubed rye bread, and toss with a few twigs of fresh rosemary, one finely chopped garlic clove and a teaspoon of olive oil. Toast in an 180°C oven for around 5 minutes.
While the crunch is toasting nicely, chop up a firm, ripe pear and add a dash of lemon juice to freshen. For the dressing, mix a splash of lemon juice, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and ½ an ounce of blue cheese. Season with black pepper. To serve the salad, toss all the ingredients with a handful of endive leaves and top with the dressing and a few crumbles of blue cheese.
Remember ladies, as long as your happy, healthy and comfortable in your own skin, there is no reason to let anyone else make you feel otherwise.