Let's get something straight. If someone orders an entree salad, they are looking for something sensible to eat. The presumption is that the salad is not a calorie bomb. And they don't want to be left hungry. It's called an "entree" for a reason.
So why do so many restaurants offer such "weak" options? Weak being defined as a salad that is:
Editor’s note: This blog was contributed by Joel Ankeny, a fifth generation bike racer. He has notched two top 5 finishes in the Nightmare Tour of Lancaster County, completed a double century (200 miles), and most recently placed 4th in the 2010/11 Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Regional Championship B race. (Picture to right courtesy of Joe Mallis)
Editor's Note: This is the first in a 3 part series detailing one person’s experience with the HCG Diet, a weight-loss method that has sparked controversy among doctors, media and the general medical community. Named the "HCG Diet" because followers inject themselves daily with the human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), a hormone produced by pregnant women. Detractors such as Mehmet Oz of Oprah fame argue that trial studies show that HCG is no more effective than a placebo.
Tamara Turkisher contributed this blog. She is an insurance agent, dog lover, foodie and exercise enthusiast.
From Yoga to Bootcamp
I workout religiously and I like routine. My “normal” 6 days a week sweat extravaganza includes a Hot Vinyasa Flow Class, and/or a Yoga Sculpt Class (heated Yoga combined with Weight Training and Cardio), and/or Barry’s Bootcamp, which is a combination of Cardio/Treadmill intervals with weight training etc. It works for me.
I enjoy a monster size salad for dinner each night. As our media expert commented, it's more like a casserole--layers of veggies, protein, and greens. My 3 to 4 pound garden wouldn't come together without awesome dressings. And because my salad "flavors" vary, I require dressing variety.
Unfortunately most dressings are either calorie and sodium bombs or just don't taste good. I've discovered 7 that are excellent in taste and are super sensible in nutrition. I thought I'd share the salad dressing knowledge wealth!
I feel vindicated. For the last couple of years, I have bristled, grumbled and ranted about all the new "gourmet comfort food" restaurants. It seems that every time a new place opened, the menu catered to this new food trend. For healthy eaters, those who are skilled cooks, and for those who lean toward clean food, these menus offer little.
I enjoy playing golf, but like so many others it's difficult for me to justify the 5 to 6 hour time-suck a traditional 18 holes requires. I make the time when out-of-town relatives visit San Diego or we travel on holiday to destinations with a golf course. But, on a normal week to week basis, dedicating 5 hours to chipping and putting is about as appealing to me as rehab is to Charlie Sheen.
Are you like me? Do you often tire of the "bar scene"? I'm not referring to the hops-serving pickup joints nor bass-thumping danceclubs...no, burned out on those a LONG time ago. It's the Clif Bars, Power Bars, Fiber One Bars, Luna Bars, etc. that I'm now bemoaning.