Hi everyone, just joined.
I started changing my diet lately. I'm trying to eat more nutrients that I am missing so that my brain and body works better. I am not fat (at least nothing to worry) and I don't really need to take into account calories (at least eating too many), I only care to eat more of what's good.
Here it can be really cheap to get greens so it's also a good way to save money.
What I've been trying to do is eat a salad everyday at dinner. Always. I am worried if for doing this I will be missing some nutrients that are usually more in meat.
The extra fibre intake didn't really affect me much since for like 3 months I ate chia seeds everyday at breakfast, so that's not an issue.
Since I've been eating chia seeds I feel a bit better, I've been a bit depressed with college and due to my bad diet I wanted to try to eat more brain food,
So my salads are also pretty big. Like 400g (almost 1 pound) big.
The first days I just used letuce (not iceberg but almost like that) as a base but now I've been also adding spinach (50% letuce 50% letuce since it's cheaper) and added stuff like:
- cherry tomatoes (rarely, I kinda don't like tomatoes)
- Red bell peppers
- Red/Purple cabage (almost every time)
- broccoli (I just add them sometimes)
- Cucumber (just sometimes)
- Chia seeds
- Mozzarella cheese (the white "real" one)
Usually I pick 3 of the above at a time. Been wanting to also try adding, since I like a lot, beans and chickpeas.
Then for protein I add either chicken (fried in the pan with a bit of olive oil) or water canned tuna. Sometimes I add those fake crab legs, I don't quite know the name in english.
Usually the dressing is either vinegar, olive oil or a sauce.
Anyone got any tips or something I might be doing wrong?
For the greens part I have some ideas of what to add just for the sake of variety. But for protein I only have chicken and tuna. I'm worried, for example, with lack of iron.
One thing I'll tell you. After eating one of these, I am not hungry at all until the next meal. I stay full a long time.