I always hear people complaining how they have to eat salads to be healthy and how plain they are, and I always listen there like.. Honey.. Salad is not just green leaves and tomatoes, salad can be soooo much more!

So I am going to explain really easily how I make my salads

1. Choose your green salad bed

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Spinach, kale, Italian style salad - whichever you prefer the most.

2. Top 1/4 of the greens with some healthy carbs

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Roasted/ oven baked pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots - season with paprika and garlic salt. Cooked rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta - I like to use soy sauce for seasoning.

3. Top 1/4 of the greens with some plant based protein source

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Oven baked firm tofu ( Press tofu for 10-15 minutes, cut into pieces, cover with soy sauce, paprika, cumin and garlic powder and pop into oven for approx. 40 minutes), beans, tempeh or from stores ready-made vegan sausages/ falafels/ patties etc. I personally love Linda Mccartneys Vegetarian Sausages and Cauldron Marinated Tofu

4. Add some healthy fats

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1/2 avocado, nuts, flaxeeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp of nut butter or olives are always a great choice.

5. Maximize salad volume with low cal veggies

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Tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, celery, mushrooms and zucchini. Both steamed and fresh are great!

6. Finally cover your salad with a dressing

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Hommus, vegan mayo, sriracha sauce, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and ofcourse nutritional yeast!

Obviously don't put everything in one salad at once, experiment and see what you love the most. I am not a nutritionist or health expert but after my research and tons of readings I have had my bomb salad for lunch almost every day and it feels amazing. I don't count my calories / macros, I just see how much I feel my body needs. Eat more - Weigh less!