I’ve admitted in the past that part of my struggle with weight loss and healthy eating is my lack of tolerance for raw veggies. I’m always on the lookout for healthy ways to get some green stuff down.

Here’s another salad for the vegetable challenged: lettuce, pomegranates, walnuts, and kiwi fruit. I LOVE it.

I also enjoy a good turkey quesadilla. Unfortunately I discovered last year when I was diligently counting calories that though the quesadilla didn’t feel filling, the caloric intake added up quickly between the butter, cheese, and flour tortilla (the one in the picture is a typical white tortilla, but I have found healthier, lower calorie options). It was also not as nutritious as I wanted it to be.

My solution was to eat half of what I used to, put less cheese inside, and mix a little ranch dressing with a lot of cholula sauce, which has no calories, for a dipping sauce. (I don’t usually do dressing at all, not on my salads even. Mostly because I don’t really like dressing. But this is the one place I love a little ranch.)

Paired with a big salad, my old favorite was no longer too much of an indulgence, and the fresh foods added health. It’s also a quick, easy, no fuss meal. (If you’ve already prepared the pomegranate ahead of time! Sheesh those things are work. But worth it.)

I love that this easy dish connects with many of my values–it’s a simple pleasure I found a way to hold onto instead of giving up during my get healthy journey. The less familiar fruit in the salad makes it feel exotic and looks beautiful. And the kiwi and pomegranates are antioxidants and great for my body!

I’m no longer counting calories, but I hope I’ve learned something about managing portions and upping the nutritional value of my meals.

Do you have a favorite you’ve adapted to your new lifestyle?

Share it: Salad for the vegetable challenged added to an old favorite=low calories and nutrition


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5 thoughts on “Mmmmm

  1. disappearingwoman March 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm Reply

    While on Optifast, I’m so craving vegetables! That salad looks amazing to me! My big problem is that I have trouble getting the protein I need because I’m grossed out by most meat (especially if I see it raw first). While on Optifast, I’ve been researching high protein vegetarian dishes to make once I’m back to eating normally–less meat, more protein alternatives are what I plan to add to my diet.

    Hope all is going well–you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. 🙂

  2. Paula Moldenhauer March 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Thank you for your prayers! I just knew you would support that way! Hoping my dear one can come home from the hospital today. We’ll see. I’m also hoping I’ll be stronger with a few more nights rest. I went 32 hours without anything but a quick doze in a chair at the worst part of the experience. I’m curious about your high protein vegetable dishes . . .

  3. mariekeates March 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Sounds nice Paula. One of my favourites is stir fry, you can used up lots of veggies that way and, if you add bean sprouts you get a nice crunch too!

    • Paula Moldenhauer March 10, 2014 at 2:43 am Reply

      I like the idea of the bean sprouts!

      • mariekeates March 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

        I love bean sprouts. You can even have them in a salad!

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