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29 Salads That Won’t Leave You Hungry

29 Salads That Won’t Leave You Hungry

The word ‘salad’ makes most people moan, imaginations full of the wimpy lettuce leaves, soggy tomatoes and dried out cucumbers that are served in most restaurants today. Or, if you’re someone who thinks you don’t like salads because you buy the pre-bagged kind at the store, it’s time to give salad a new try this spring and summer.

Salads can make for easy and extremely filling meals that can also be made ahead of time or put together in minutes. But, before you go grabbing the iceberg and pre-shredded carrots, give these 29 recipes below a try first. They’re not just packed with flavor for a variety of crowds and eating preferences, but they’re also filling and tasty too!

1. Greek Salad

29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

    Prevention

    With lean protein, healthy fats from olives, and plenty of fiber from fresh vegetables, this Greek Salad is sure to leave you full all throughout the day!

    2. Turkey Avocado Cobb Salad

    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

      Prevention

      For a simple dish that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner, try this Turkey Avocado Cobb Salad. It’s a great source of lean protein, fiber, and healthy fats that will keep your hunger levels down but your taste buds happy too!

      3. Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and Mango Salsa

      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

        CafeDelites.com

        Tomatoes aren’t the only way to enjoy salsa; mangoes are also a great salsa ingredient and a good source of the vitamin C the body needs for repairing muscles after a hard workout, and improving immunity. Fresh greens and lean protein help round this meal out to provide plenty of fiber and amino acids to stabilize blood sugar levels. Get the recipe at CafeDelites.com

        4. Skinny Chicken and Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad

        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

          CafeDelites.com

          Most Caesar salads you’ll find are packed with processed fats that are not good options for your heart—or waistline! But this Skinny Chicken and Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad uses real ingredients, healthy fats from the avocado, lean protein, plus fresh veggies you need to manage hunger and nourish your body.

          5. Super Summer Detox Salad

          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

            Well Plated

            If you’re considering implementing a detox for spring, that’s a great idea. However, you don’t need to starve in order to detox. Cutting processed sugars, most oils, and all forms of conventional animal products can be a simple and effective way to detox. Then add in some clean sources of protein and fresh nutrients like those found in this Super Summer Detox Salad which is full of fiber, protein, real food, and it’s bursting with nutrients to keep you energized and feeling brand new!

            6. Spicy Kale and Quinoa Vegan Salad

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            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

              The Glowing Fridge

              If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’ll love this nutrient-dense salad recipe by The Glowing Fridge that has antioxidant-rich and fiber-rich black beans that are the highest source of protein among all beans. This salad also contains the superfood kale which is a wonderful source of amino acids, iron, and vitamins A and C.

              7. White Peach Salad With Creamy Cashew Carrot-Ginger Dressing

              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                Happy Healthy Life

                For a light salad made of all fresh ingredients, this White Peach Salad With Creamy Cashew Carrot-Ginger Dressing is a wonderful option to try! This salad is also vegan and includes protein-rich and iron-rich cashews along with fresh and juicy peaches which are a great source of vitamin C and fiber.

                8. Mashed Chickpea Salad

                29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                  The Glowing Fridge

                  For a plant-based alternative to tuna or chicken salad, try this Mashed Chickpea Salad instead which, surprisingly, makes a unique option that resembles the taste and texture of chicken or tuna salad. Plus, chickpeas are a great source of vegan protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, and zinc.

                  9. California Sunset Salad

                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                    Happy Healthy Life

                    For a filling meal that you can enjoy for a small lunch or large dinner, make this California Sunset Salad which features antioxidant-rich black rice (that has more protein than brown rice), heart-healthy avocados, and nutrient-dense kale that also offers some protein and fiber, plus antioxidants. You’ll be full for hours and feel great too!

                    10. Salmon and Spinach Quinoa Salad

                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                      Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

                      Salmon & Spinach Quinoa Salad is packed with veggies, leafy greens, lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and complex carbs to keep you full and satiated. For more even protein and fiber, black beans are added which increases the antioxidant content too!

                      11. Chickpea Shawarma Salad

                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                        Minimalist Baker

                        Chickpeas are the star ingredient once again in this Chickpea Shawarma Salad by Minimalist Baker that also includes fresh herbs, greens, and tons of flavor from onion, paprika, garlic, and turmeric. The secret to making this recipe heart-healthy and satisfying is the use of healthy fats from olive oil and hummus!

                        12. Asparagus Salad

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                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                          Homespun Capers

                          Asparagus is a wonderful spring ingredient to use and it’s also an often overlooked source of protein with 5 grams per cup, chopped. This Asparagus Salad also includes plenty more filling protein and fiber from avocado, almonds, beans, and fresh greens. The secret to making this recipe shine? Grilling the asparagus before preparing it!

                          13. Mexican Grilled Salmon Salad With Avocado Yogurt Ranch Dressing

                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                            Cooking Classy

                            Seafood enthusiasts will love this Mexican Grilled Salmon recipe that offers fish as the source of protein plus fresh summer vegetables like corn, tomatoes, and fresh greens. It also uses a Greek yogurt dressing instead of oil-based dressing, but you can opt for a dairy-free yogurt to use if you’re lactose intolerant or avoiding dairy. Either way, this salad is packed with nutrition and will keep you feeling great!

                            14. Spring Superfood Bowl With Blueberry Ginger Dressing

                            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                              Spoonful of Flavor

                              Looking to add more superfoods to your diet? This Spring Superfood Bowl With Blueberry Ginger Dressing has you covered! It includes protein and fiber-rich quinoa, mono-unsaturated fats and protein from the avocado; heart-healthy and low-sugar blueberries; chickpeas for protein and fiber; plus, ginger to aid in digestion and give you an extra pep in your step!

                              15. Quick and Easy Black Bean Salad

                              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                The Soulful Spoon

                                For a quick lunch or side at dinner, try this Quick and Easy Black Bean Salad that offers protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and lots of flavor from cilantro, lemon, and even a dash of mustard for a spicy kick! Add your favorite greens to make it even more filling and you’re good to go!

                                16. Salmon Salad Power Bowls

                                29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                  Cotter Crunch

                                  For another option using heart-healthy salmon, try these Salmon Salad Power Bowls. They include some heart-healthy fat, fiber, lean protein, and a host of flavors to satisfy your taste buds and keep your waistline in check!

                                  17. Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad

                                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                    Iowa Girl Eats

                                    This Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad is much healthier than those you’ll find in a restaurant. Featuring no processed dressings or oil, this salad has healthy fats, fiber, protein, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to nourish your body!

                                    18. Chicken Salad With Potatoes and Arugula

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                                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                      Health

                                      This nutritious Chicken Salad With Potatoes and Arugula is for those who like clean and simple recipes since it contains some lean, shredded chicken, boiled potatoes, and spicy, nutrient-dense arugula for a boost of greens and flavor. Make this ahead of time on Sunday and use any leftovers throughout the week for easy meals that provide protein, fiber from healthy carbs, and healthy fats.

                                      19. Harvest Cobb Salad

                                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                        Damn Delicious

                                        Cobb salads are a great option for the summer since they’re filled with fresh ingredients. This Harvest Cobb Salad is a filling option to try since it contains protein, fiber, and healthy fats from pecans along with vitamin C and fiber from fresh greens and fruit.

                                        20. Spring Asparagus Salad

                                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                          Feasting at Home

                                          Spring Asparagus Salad is filled with fresh ingredients perfect for an outdoor lunch or dinner that’s sure to satisfy every time. Asparagus is not only filling but also packed with fiber and protein. Also featuring feta cheese, couscous, and olives, this vegetarian salad provides lots of flavor and nutrients!

                                          21. Chopped Kale Salad and Creamy Almond Ginger Dressing

                                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                            Edible Perspective

                                            If you’re looking for simple, satisfying, and healthy, then this recipe for Chopped Kale Salad and Creamy Almond Ginger Dressing is a fantastic option. Filled with some of the most nutrient-dense ingredients available such as avocado, kale, almonds, zucchini, quinoa and chickpeas, it will leave you satisfied for hours!

                                            22. Herb and Rice Salad With Beet Chips

                                            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                              Green Evi

                                              If you’re tired of your regular go-to salad ingredients, you need to try this Herb and Rice Salad With Beet Chips that contains juicy beets, sweet carrots, wholegrain rice, fresh spring herbs, and protein-rich pumpkin seeds! It even includes miso for some healthy probiotics, and it’s filled with flavor from a variety of herbs and spices.

                                              23. Kale Coconut Detox Salad

                                              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                The Glowing Fridge

                                                Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you! Even though it is known as a detox salad, it’s packed with flavor and filling ingredients. Kale and Coconut Detox Salad contains almonds, edamame, coconut, kale, and a flavorful dressing from real, fresh ingredients. Give it a try for lunch or dinner for something new and different!

                                                24. Avocado and Grilled Chicken Salad With Skinny Chipotle Lime Dressing

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                                                29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                  Cooking Classy

                                                  Here’s a great salad recipe that mixes summertime flavor with a healthy touch! Featuring spicy chipotle spices and creamy avocados paired with lean chicken, you’ll be full and satisfied for hours after making this recipe for Avocado and Grilled Chicken Salad With Skinny Chipotle Lime Dressing!

                                                  25. Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

                                                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                    Green Evi

                                                    For those that need something filling for a take-alone lunch or a portable dinner option, this Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad is something you might like to try. Or, if you work at home and have a hard time finding time to make lunch, just prepare a few mason jar salads like this one so you can just grab your meal, add your dressing, shake and enjoy!

                                                    26. Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad

                                                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                      Cooking Classy

                                                      Basil, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, honey, and garlic add a pop of flavor to a typical chicken salad recipe in this Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad. If you have your chicken made ahead of time, it should come together in minutes which makes it a great option for busy weeknights or dinner parties.

                                                      27. Five Bean Salad With Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

                                                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                        Epicurious

                                                        For a plant-based, flavor-rich salad that fills you up and satisfies your taste buds, this Five Bean Salad With Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette is a great option. Featuring protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals from simple foods, it is also friendly for tight budgets since beans are a cheap source of protein.

                                                        28. Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad

                                                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                          Little Broken

                                                          Tuna salad is a classic recipe many people enjoy all year round for a filling option, but it’s usually packed with processed mayo. For a more heart-healthy option that’s made from real food, this Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad makes a great option but also satisfies too. Bonus? This recipe comes with three tasty options for different ways to enjoy it!

                                                          29. Summer Nicoise Salad With Grilled Fish 
                                                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                            Feasting at Home

                                                            Halibut is one of the most heart-healthy types of white fish and one of the leanest protein options you can choose, but it’s also one of the most flavorful, making it a true treasure of the sea! Enjoy it whenever you can, and opt for using it in a healthy recipe with fresh vegetables and greens such as this Summer Nicoise Salad With Grilled Fish.

                                                            See, now … salad doesn’t have to be boring, does it? For more tasty and filling options, these summertime salads might interest you too!

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                                                            Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                                                            12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                            12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                            Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                                            But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                                            I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                                            Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                                            1. Nuts

                                                            The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                                            Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                                            Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                                            Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                                            2. Blueberries

                                                            Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                                            When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                                            3. Tomatoes

                                                            Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                                            4. Broccoli

                                                            While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                                            Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                                            Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                                            5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                                            Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                                            The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                                            Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                                            6. Soy

                                                            Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                                            Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                                            Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                                            7. Dark Chocolate

                                                            When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                                            Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                                            8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                                            Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                                            B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                                            Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                                            Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                                            To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                                            9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                                            Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                                            Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                                            Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                                            10. Gingko Biloba

                                                            This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                                            It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                                            However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                                            11. Green and Black Tea

                                                            Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                                            Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                                            Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                                            12. Sage and Rosemary

                                                            Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                                            Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                                            When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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