Wow, that really stretched that meal!

22 06 2012

As some of you may know, I recently had a stint in the hospital.  More of that to come on our next recording of PCP, but one of the things I’ve needed to do is get more iron and potassium in my diet to replenish what I lost as part of my hospital stay.  I learned that Spinach has a bit of iron in it and, well I’ve come to like Spinach salads after many years of exclusively being an iceberg lettuce person.  I decided to make a small side salad to go with some chicken wings I made.  By the way, thanks Nic for the recipe!

I was expecting to be a little more full than normal, but I didn’t even make it past my first plate of wings for dinner!  Wow!  And I was full, and didn’t get hungry afterwards. Admittedly, my salads are “would you like some lettuce with that dressing” and not at all healthy, but I’m more concerned with taking in the spinachy goodness at this point and can work to optimize the nutritional value of the food as I go.  For those who are curious, here’s what my unhealthy salad consisted of:

  • Handful of pre-washed spinach
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (pre-shredded)
  • Blue Cheese dressing (chunky)
  • Cheese-flavored crutons

Yeah, it wont be winning any awards for being healthy, but man does it help stretch a meal!  Just passing this tip along, especially for those who feel that want more fiber in their diets to help with digestion and slow down the absorption of sugars.




2 responses

7 07 2012
Eira Blaidd

My salad guilty pleasure is bowl full of spinach with strawberries and peaches. which is healthy until I try to drown it in creamy poppy seed dressing.

18 07 2012

I like stretching a salad(spinachy or otherwise) with chopped up bell peppers,carrot disks and adding in Alfalfa sprouts. The extra crunchiness that I miss thoughout the day causes me to slow down the ‘wolfing’ I usually do with food.(again that’s due to being in a hurry!) This allows my poor brain to finally catch up and say ‘hey, your full’.
I don’t like the creamy dressings and to give a salad zing I use basalmic mixes or olive oil based dressings. I’ve found flavour and zing make salads that much more interesting. And yeah shredded cheese can give you some protein that will help stave off ‘munchies’ later. Or better yet, if you like eggs, boil some up and cut in half and add to your salad for some instant protein too.

‘Confessions from a Midnight Munchier'(converted…lol!) happy eating.

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