Spring into Salad!


Today’s post from our nutrition expert P.K. Newby, takes a look at salads, and how you can use local, seasonal ingredients to create something magical, both for your tastebuds and health. I know for many of you, salads are nothing more than some chopped iceberg lettuce, a few sliced cucumbers, a small handful of sodium-laden croutons, and a healthy dose of Kraft Italian dressing…maybe the Tuscan Herb variety if you’re feeling a little fancy.  With spring just getting into full swing, it’s time to stop eating the rabbit food and realize just how wonderful salads can be. 

 

 

Spring into Salad!

By: PK Newby

 

 

Garbanzos, artichokes, avocado, pickled egg, whole wheat croutons, and diced red onion atop a crisp bed of spinach.

It was the end of summer when I wrote my first post about having just a “big salad” for dinner. In that particular case, it was accompanied by summer-sweet corn on the cob. I’m revisiting the issue here today to make a few points about salads and encourage you again to think about making a big salad a regular part of your dinner repertoire. Or lunch, if you are vehemently opposed to the dinner idea. If all of this just sounds like crazy talk and I’m losing you completely, then at the very least think about incorporating a small side salad into your diet somewhere to get you started. You just might learn to love it.  And you may even see a positive change in your health and weight over time.

For more information on building a tasty and nutritious salad – along with a cautionary tale about simply adding a salad to every meal – read the full article here.

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9 thoughts on “Spring into Salad!”

  1. so first thing not really caring for the new set up here the comments section is weird now
    second on cardio what really is the best when you only have 20 to 30 min to devote to it and have time to finish the rest of your workout

    1. I’m sorry to hear you’re not liking the new layout. We’ve been getting such positive comments from all of our followers. The comments feature at the end of articles is powered by a website called Disqus…it adds some features such as threading so you can have discussions within within the comments section, as well as recording discussions about the article offsite like on Twitter or Facebook! It does take a little getting used to, but if you click the “Disqus” button at the top right corner of the comments section and click login, you can use your Facebook or Twitter account to do so, and it will make your posts that much easier.

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    2. For 20-30 minutes, I would recommend high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Using short bursts of intense, all out cardio, mixed with a more relaxed pace, will give you a metabolic boost that static-state cardio will not..even for longer periods of time. Try doing this when you’re short on time.

      1. i know i sound crazy but i cant be alone in not loving cardio so today axample i did 10 rds 30on 30 off high knees sat i did 2 mi incline so 30sec sprint 1:00 jog then 1 mile reg jog is this enough of cardio on daily basis to lean up and get those abs showing along with greatest abs in the world training?? thanks alot for answering my questions

      2. I’m guessing your implying you did 30 seconds on/ 30 seconds off high knees, for 10 rounds? That’s only about 5 minutes of cardio.

        1 mile of regular jog isn’t much cardio either.

        I would say you definitely need to increase your cardio times if you want to see any noticeable differences in your body. Aim to do 45-60 minutes 4-5 times a week if your primary goal is weight loss (preferably HIIT at least 3 of those times). You can scale back to 2-3 cardio sessions a week if you don’t have much body fat to lose and simply want to tone up and are actively doing a muscle building routine.

      3. ok! ok ! i guess im just trying to fit everything in  in an hour or less kinda makin myself crazy abs/bikini legs and butt really trying to get that booty higher and tighter i like to do bodyrock a couple times per week really gets me sweatin! then theres my arms cant forget those i need to set down with my log and set up a plan of attack with info you have provided love a suggestion on how to start thanks for all your support
         lovin it diana

      4. Try not to over think things Diana. Fitness is simple. If you put in the work, you’ll see results.

        My suggestion would be do 45-60 minutes of high intensity cardio 3-4 times a week. When you lift weights, make sure you are doing compound movements so you hit multiple muscle groups during one exercise; this will help you make the most of your time in the gym. Regardless of what workout you are doing, I think a general schedule, as shown below, would be best for you..

        Day 1: Back/Biceps/Abs
        Day 2: HIIT cardio 60 minutes
        Day 3: Chest/Triceps/Shoulders/Abs
        Day 4: Plyometric and/or leg exercises plus 45 minutes HIIT cardio
        Day 5: HIIT cardio 45-60 minutes/abs

        If you could throw in a 6th day over the weekend to do some more cardio and/or some lower body plyometric I think you would be doing EXACTLY what you need to be doing to get the body you want.

        Really though, if you just follow the Total Body Blitz workout, and combine the ab workouts from the Greatest Ab Routine article…you’ll be good to go.

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