Salads for Days!

When you are trying to get your nutrition in line and eating clean, eating enough vegetables can be a challenge. I have a few tricks that will keep things delicious, while eating all kinds of different veggies!

1 – Add some greens in your breakfast shakes

By adding some spinach, kale, or chard into a smoothie, you are getting your greens without even knowing it! You typically can’t even taste it! I have a Shakeology smoothie every morning, and always throw in some kale or spinach. If I have it, maybe I’ll add in some mustard greens or rainbow chard. Careful with he mustard though, it can add a little kick to your drinkable meal.

2- Taste the rainbow!

At least a few times a week, try to eat fruits and vegetables of every color! I try to get in my rainbow every day, but I can tell you, it can be tricky! That’s where your planning comes in handy! Add in a veggie each meal to make it easier.

3 – Full salads

 healthy meal planning for beginners
Mason Jar Salad Version 1

Salads don’t have to be boring. They can be as colorful as you want them to be, and as tasty as you make them. Since I’ve started making my own salads, they are never boring or bland. Well-built salads are a great way to get in a lot of veggies, fruits, and some protein in a tasty, satisfying way. And you choose what’s in them!


Need some ideas? Here are some recipes I have used in the past that I love! Obviously, you can change whatever you want, but at least this will get you started!

Mason Jar Salad VERSION 1
*TIP: Put it in the mason jar in the order of ingredients)
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar-based dressing
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup bell peppers
  • ¼ cup onion
  • ¾ cup cooked chicken breast (about 4 oz.)
  • ¾ cup baby spinach
Mason Jar Salad VERSION 2
*TIP: Put it in the mason jar in the order of ingredients)
  • 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette dressing
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup purple cabbage
  • ½ cup bell peppers
  • 4 oz. seasoned ground turkey
  • ¼ cup white onions
  • ¾ cup spinach
Mason Jar Salad Version 3
*TIP: Put it in the mason jar in the order of ingredients)
  • 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette dressing
  • 4 oz. seasoned ground turkey cooked in 1 tsp. oil
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup corn
  • ¾ cup bell peppers
  • ¼ cup white onion
    1 cup spinach
  • ½ chopped jalapeño

Sometimes, it’s nice to just make a salad without any cooking. No meats, no preparing your own dressings, etc.

No Cook Salad Recipe:
  • ½ c cherry tomatoes
  • ½ c sliced cucumber
  • ½ c baby carrots
  • ½ c: spinach
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 orange: balsamic dressing

    Mediterranean Salad
Mediterranean Salad (Serve with grapes and pita bread!)
  • 1 c mixed greens
  • ¼ c cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ c chopped onion
  • ¼ c sliced cucumber
  • 5 – 7 kalamata olives
  • 2 Tb feta cheese
  • Dressing: balsamic vinegar
Greek Cucumber Salad
  • 1 c sliced cucumber
  • ½ c sliced red onion
  • 2 Tb . crumbled feta cheese
  • 5 kalamata olives , pitted
  • ¼ c chopped fresh dill
Watermelon, Cucumber and Mango Salad
  • 1/2 c cubed mango
  • 1/2 c cubed watermelon
  • 1 c chopped cucumber
  • 4 oz. cooked chicken breast boneless, skinless, sliced
  • 2 Tb coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
Tropical Chickpea Salad
  • 15 oz chickpeas (or garbanzo beans)
  • ½ c red onion – diced
  • 1 mango (any variety), cubed
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • 3 Tb lemon juice
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Salt to taste
Greek Cucumber Salad

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