1cupchopped broccoliI often mix my broccoli with kale to get in those healthy greens!
2TBSdried cranberriesUse the fruit juice sweetened - no sugar added. Whole Foods carries them.
1TBSchopped/minced walnutsI toast mine for added flavor
1/2ouncesoft goat cheeseor dairy-free cheese
1TBSdressingmake your own or use a dressing like Annie's Organic Raspberry vinaigrette. No added sugar! If you want more dressing, add some apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
4ouncesturkey or chickenwhite meat OR 1/2 cup steamed edamame
Measure out your baby spinach. Chop up broccoli (and kale, if using).
Dice your walnuts. (I keep toasted walnuts in the fridge so I have them on hand. Toasted nuts have more flavor than raw nuts). You're meant to use 1/2 TBS of diced nuts. Otherwise, you'll end up with one big walnut on your salad. That's disappointing. :)
Chop up turkey or chicken.*
Put It Together
Add protein, the fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries, and diced nuts to salad.
Crumble goat cheese over salad.*
Toss and Taste
Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to taste. Add dressing. Toss and taste.
If you are used to more dressing, add some red wine or balsamic vinegar. You don't want to add too much dressing fat to a salad. This will work against weight loss or maintenance efforts!
*If You are Vegan/Vegetarian
Eliminate the goat cheese and double the nuts.
Eliminate the meat and add 1/2 cup of cooked soybeans.