Go figure, I’ve been craving salads. I’d consumed my fair share of sweets over the holidays so was thrilled to feel like I really needed to fuel up with healthy foods. Normally, I associate cravings with sweet or salty foods but as my fork dove into a bowl of fresh crunchy salad, my body was saying, “YES!”
If you listen to your body and feed it what it wants, you will feel better. Even when I was pregnant, I craved foods high in iron and Vitamin C like steak, spinach and oranges. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat from five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health.
Right now, salads are super appealing to me. Unlike the iceberg lettuce salads of my youth, salads today have all sorts of fabulous components from super healthy greens like arugula and baby kale to nuts and seeds, plus beautiful fruits like pomegranates and mandarin oranges. Better yet, and easier too, is to add protein like salmon, chicken, eggs, beans or steak for a complete meal. Check out our blog on salads for all sorts of fun salad-fixin’s ideas.