It’s important to get in enough calories throughout the day. Especially if you are working out, your body needs fuel to build those muscles while you sleep.
But remember the old saying eat like a king at breakfast, I don’t know what at lunch and a pauper at dinner? I don’t think heavy carbs at night is the best way to go if you are trying to lose fat.
One great option is to make a huge salad for dinner.
Three tips for making a great dinner salad that eats like a meal:
Add color. We used red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.
Lots of chopped greens. You can use spinach or arugula or any field greens. Use lots. I chop them up so that I can get more greens in the bowl.
Add a lean protein. Examples of this are chicken breast, tilapia, beans, lentils, tofu or shrimp.
Here is what making a great dinner salad looks like:
Start by marinating your lean protein and cooking it. Here we marinated chicken breasts in olive oil, fresh lemon and garlic pepper before grilling it:
Here’s a salad made with fried free range eggs as the main source of protein:
Your base will be chopped greens. Here we used arugula:
Arugula has a great fresh peppery flavor. Next chop up a variety of vegetables like red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and cucumber:
It’s important to add healthy fat to your salad. Good examples of healthy fats are avocado, nuts, a drizzle of olive oil or ground flax seed. Here we used pine nuts:
What about dressing? Dressing is important. Squeeze fresh lemon and a drizzle of olive oil with salt and pepper. You can substitute the fresh lemon for a good balsamic vinegar. Avoid store-bought salad dressings. You can even add a dollop of cottage cheese or hummus if you like.
And there you have it! A great healthy dinner salad that is cost effective, healthy and tastes delicious. This is excellent to eat at night instead of a big bowl of pasta with garlic bread or a heavy lasagne. At night, think lean protein and a lot of vegetables when you can.
What do you think is best to eat for dinner? Leave me a comment or question!