I am writing this blog at 40,000 feet – on my way to Salt Lake City for the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions with the Kansas City Golden Gloves Team. Cam F. Awesome is the team captain. He is competing for his tenth national title. He’s been busy at the USA Olympic Training Center getting ready for international competition that starts as soon as the tournament in Utah is over. As Cam heads off to an exotic locale for sparring and tournaments, we will be heading to a new locale as well. At the end of May we are relocating to Saint Louis, Missouri! I am excited for the opportunity to explore a new city and to start spreading the plant-strong word throughout the area. I hope have a St Louis Engine 2 Meet Up group started by Summers end. I am also excited about Rip’s new book coming out this week! My Beef With Meat by Rip Esselstyn comes out on Tuesday!
Today I wanted to talk about something that is very important. As it turns out…Size does matter! The size of your salad that is! Growing up, salad was on a little plate, with ice berg lettuce a wedge of tomato and a shred of carrots with Italian dressing. Later Salad was a dinner plate covered in romaine lettuce, with tons of meat and cheese and blue cheese dressing. Now? My salad is a mixing bowl with a box or bag of greens, loaded with veggies and a plant-strong dressing. Yes, a BIG mixing bowl. Yes, a WHOLE bag/box of greens. You can also use the box as a to-go box for packing lunches, just add in your extra veggies and dressing and replace the lid
One of my favorite blends is the Five happiness Blend from Organic Girl good clean greens. It contains: baby bok choy leaves, baby red chard, tango, mizuna, baby arugula, baby spinach, baby green chard, baby green romaine, baby green oakleaf lettuce. This box is 5 oz. Take a look at the nutritional information:
Total calories for the ENTIRE box? 30
That’s right. Thirty calories folks. Building a mixing bowl salad loaded with veggies is a great way to have a really filling low calorie density lunch, dinner or snack. I like to load in some kale, sweet peppers, jalapeños, shredded cabbage, shredded beets, shredded carrots and diced green onions. This is probably my favorite salad in the world. The one pictured below has an entire cucumber and an entire green pepper in addition to the greens, cabbage and kale.
This is chopped salad in my favorite mixing bowl…it’s almost as big as my 13 inch macbook.
For the folks who say: salad isn’t satisfying…I challenge you…make it BIGGER! You will be full and nourished. For those that say…I couldn’t eat that much salad. I say, give it a shot! What would you be eating otherwise? This week, show me your plant-strong MIXING BOWL SALAD! Post your photos on Engine 2′s Facebook page or on Plant Based Adventures Facebook page! Show Engine 2 that you have a Beef With Meat and that you aren’t afraid of going BIG with veggies!