Fuel your smile with Shrimp and Roasted Vegetable Salad.
Choosing a healthy choice from a restaurant menu can be so difficult. It’s easy to think picking a salad is a healthy choice. And while often times it is, restaurants often have hidden calories and sugar filled dressings. I recently was at a popular chain restaurant. They have a section called “super” foods. Sounds good right? WRONG! Every item on this menu was over 800 calories or more!
1) think about the ingredients in the food, are found naturally in nature?
2) Portion size (quinoa-actually a seed, is a great nutrient dense food but check your portion size. 1/3-1/2 cup is a good place to start)
3) What tricky ingredients can I ask to be removed from the salad (dried fruit, tortilla strips, loads of cheese, dressing on the side, etc). These easy tools will help you! Have questions? DM me!
Here is a salad I chose for lunch.
On the menu:
Mixed Green Salad: lettuce, Spinach, arugula, cucumber, squash, asparagus, sherry vinagrette
Pros: full of nutrient dense vegetables (I asked the squash and asparagus were roasted in olive oil- don’t be afraid of this-just keep portions in mind)
Cons: Not enough protein (I try to have carbs, protein and fat at each meal)
So these were my subs: I added grilled shrimp for protein as well as other important vitamins and minerals. I also asked that they remove the lettuce and add more spinach (Vitamin C, B3, K and E, folate just to name a few). I also asked for the dressing in the side (I could control the portions). I enjoyed a Chilled Cucumber Soup with the salad for a balanced meal.