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Top Your Salad Series: Protein Punch

Spring has sprung, which means fresh, local produce is heading our way! Salads are a great way to add veggies to any meal, but they don't have to be the same boring old salad. Traditionally, salads may lack adequate protein if they consist mostly of greens, vegetables, dressing, and croutons. Making sure your salad is loaded with a healthy protein source is vital for keeping you feeling full all afternoon. Pick up some of these toppings to pack a protein punch to your salad. salad

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  1. Try a meat
    • Grill up a chicken breast the night before and add sliced cold chicken to your salad. Pairs great with strawberries, almonds and poppy seed dressing. Add croutons, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing for a tossed Caesar salad.
    • Try thinly sliced beef with mandarin oranges, water chestnuts and an Asian-style ginger dressing.
    • Crumble bacon with blue cheese, or add tuna with a squeeze of lemon juice for a variety of creative options.
  2. Add some beans
    • Beans are an easy way to add protein, iron and fiber all-in-one. Most have a mild flavor, and add another dimension with their soft texture. Mix together garbanzo beans with cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado with balsamic dressing and add on a bed of greens.
  3. Go for grains
    • Grains are a great source of protein to keep you full. Toss wild rice, quinoa, or cooked barley on a bed of greens or enjoy your grain on the side such as a baguette.
  4. Don't forget the eggs
    • One hard-boiled egg added to your salad adds 6 grams of protein. A simple addition with a great protein punch. Not a fan try tofu or edamame for additional protein.
How do you add protein to your salad? You may also like: Top Your Salad Series: Fresh Fruit
Posted by vivadmin at 4/29/2015 12:58:00 AM
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