Big Salads

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 18, 2009


Did I mention that I like big salads?

Me and big salads go way back. In university I used to have a big tuna salad every day at lunch, complete with bagged zero-nutrient iceburg lettuce.

You know the bagged kind of iceburg lettuce that is supposedly ‘pre-washed’ and comes with tiny slivers of carrots and radishes?

Yea, that kind. I used to live off it.

It was quick and easy– and calorie free! What can I say, my priorities were not quite in order in university.

Fortunately, my salads have improved over the years. :)

I know chose nutrient rich greens such as spinach and romaine lettuce. And I load on the healthy toppings!


The Big Salad:

  • 1 full head of organic romaine lettuce (PC Brand)
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup Black beans
  • Black Pepper
  • Kraft Balsamic dressing
  • 1 small organic carrot
  • 1/3 Red Pepper

There is so much goodness in this meal I could barely contain myself!

The 1 cup of black beans adds 12 grams of protein and 10 grams of fibre to this salad. Perfect mix’n!

With a side of toast + super lycopene packed tomato paste:


With a side of calcium and Vit D:



After lunch I was stuffed. Probably more stuffed than I was after yesterday’s lunch. Although I still managed to fit in a sample of a banana cake ball that was eying me from the fridge!


They are super yummy! I can’t wait to finish the experiment!

fixups Eric and I were hard at work on our date :)

I did about 1.5 hours of yardwork and burned an estimated 200 calories.


Dumping all the leaves in the woods:


I found a tree to do pull-ups on…I couldn’t even get myself up half-way! It was pathetic. I need to work on that one.

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 Lily of the valley in the picture above (I think?).




Busted! I found Sketchie sleeping all over my freshly washed Lulu clothes!



I came in and was wishy washy whether I wanted to get my workout over with then or if I should wait until after our errands. I opted to just hit the treadmill for a 2 mile run. I figured I would not be in the mood to workout once home, especially after showering and drying my hair + makeup!

Workout details:

  • Duration: 31 mins
  • 2 mile run (4.8 mph, incline 7%) + 5 min walking cool-down
  • Max heart rate: 162 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 149 bpm
  • Feel the burn: 252 kcals

I figure with the yardwork + 2 mile run I burned about 450 calories or so. Not too shabby! We got lots accomplished in the front and backyard too. Pretty much all of the flower beds are raked, weeded, and leaves/sticks removed.

Ok, we’re off like a herd of turtles to run our errands! Ikea, Running Room, Bulk Barn (maybe), Fortino’s, etc! Hopefully I can find some storage containers at Ikea so I can start reorganizing my kitchen with all of my baked goods.

Enjoy your day! The lovely sun just came out here and it is 23C out!!! Loving it!


See you tonight for Part 3 of the baking experiment and a delicious vegan casserole!


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Help Meghan Run April 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm

That salad looks amazing! I need to improve the quality of my salads.

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Meredith (Pursuing Balance) April 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

That salad looks sooo good!


Alisa - Frugal Foodie April 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

That salad looks awesome! Sketchie is so cute too … being lazy and getting in trouble just like my cat :)


brandi April 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

i love big salads too :)

have fun with your errands!


Siobhan April 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Who doesn’t love a big salad!? I can’t wait to see how the vegan casserole comes out!


Shelby April 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Big salads are my favorite because there is no limit to what you can throw in there!


Tracey April 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I puffy heart big salads. I love garbanzo beans in mine.

:) I am waiting to see/hear about the final result of those banana balls.

Looks like you are enjoying your weekend!



Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now April 18, 2009 at 5:02 pm

You know me, i’m a big fan of big salads too!
It’s nice that you and Eric got to spend some time together… whether you were burning calories or not!


carolinebee April 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm

YUM salad, and your bread looks so thick and heavenly!! Love your cute yardwork outfit :D AND my mom is taking me to lulu for an easter present, scoreee!!


Lindsay April 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm

That salad looks so yummy. I am now craving one big time!!


*Andrea* April 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

mmm big salads are the best – tons of volume and tons of nutrients! i love the addition of black beans too, they pack in so much protein yay!


Run Sarah April 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I used to buy those bagged ones too…homemade are so much better!


Heather April 18, 2009 at 6:47 pm

YUM! I just love big, filling salads! It’s so fun to be able to be so creative with the ingredients! Quick question about avocado… How do tell if one is ripe? What do you look for when you buy one?

Sounds like you had a successful day of yardwork. What a great day to be outside.


Alison April 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Okay…I’m a silly American. What does 23 Celsius translate to in Fahrenheit? I’m sure I could look it up, but I’m lazy.


Brandi C. April 18, 2009 at 9:57 pm

That Salad & Those Banana Cake Balls look so GOOD!
Alison, it’s around 73 Fahrenheit. (I’m American too I just had a REALLY strange chem teacher that NEVER used the F word, that’s how I know).


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