Salad Add-Ins to Stop Hunger

There is a feeling of pride when you find time on the weekend to make five mason jar salads for your weekly lunch.  Then, as soon as you finish your last forkful of veggies at lunch on Monday, you are starving an hour later. By 3, you end up eating a huge snack as big as a second lunch. No wonder you are not losing weight!

A jar full of carrots, peppers, celery, and baby kale just doesn’t cut it. Even adding beans for protein, you need healthy fats and carbs to satiate your appetite for the afternoon. If you start adding these four toppings to your salads, you will find that you are full and happy until dinner:

1/4 cup whole grains (like quinoa): 56 calories, 9.9 grams carbs, 1.3 grams fiber, 2 grams protein

1/4 avocado: 57 calories, 2.9 grams carbs, 2.3 grams fiber, .7 grams protein

1/4 cup fruit (like 3 strawberries): 12 calories, 2.9 grams carbs, .8 grams fiber, .3 grams protein

1 tablespoon nuts (like salted sunflower seeds): 46 calories, 1.9 grams carbs, .7 grams fiber, 1.5 grams protein

The quinoa makes it feel like more of a meal, the avocado adds a creaminess that makes your salad more delicious, the sunflower seeds add a wonderful crunchy texture, and the fruit adds just enough sweetness that you don’t crave a treat after lunch.