Recipes: Twelve Hunger-Fighting Power Salads


 

Salads are a diet darling because they pack in plenty of nutritious vegetables without a ton of calories. However, a mixed greens salad can leave your stomach rumbling not long after you put down your fork. Even though these 12 salads are less than 400 calories, they're packed with lean protein, fiber-filled toppings, and the right amount of heart-healthy fat. Each rib-sticking, healthy recipe will fill you up so you won't cave to a cookie craving two hours later.


Chicken Caesar


Why it's a power salad: A half-cup of skinless chicken breast is low in fat but packs in tons of satiating protein, and this creamy dressing has just enough fat to stop your stomach from rumbling. Try the Chicken Caesar recipe


Greek Salad


Why it's a power salad: This crisp Mediterranean salad contains heart-healthy fat from the olives and 7 grams of fiber from all the fresh vegetables. Large portions of low-cal veggies can stave off hunger by making your body think you're eating more than you actually are! Try the Greek Salad recipe


Flank Steak Chopped Steakhouse Salad


Why it's a power salad: Red meat may get a bad rap, but lean beef (like the flank steak in this recipe) can be an excellent source of protein and snooze-stopping iron. Try the Flank Steak Chopped Steakhouse Salad recipe


Shrimp Salad


Why it's a power salad: Just a small serving of avocado contains filling monounsaturated fat, which has a belly-flattening bonus. Combine that with low-cal, protein-packed shrimp, and you have a satisfying lunch or dinner. Try the Shrimp Salad recipe Get More Healthy Shrimp Recipes


Black Bean Salad


Why it's a power salad: One cup of black beans contains half you daily dose of hunger-crushing fiber and about 15 grams of protein. But there's another reason black beans are a dieter's best friend—studies show adults who eat beans weigh less than those who don't. Try the Black Bean Salad recipe


Salmon and Mixed Greens Salad with Walnuts


Why it's a power salad: Though this salad contains less than 300 calories, the salmon and walnuts contain plenty of belly-filling omega-3s. A recent study found that dieters who consumed high amounts of omega-3s were less likely to feel hungry after dinner than dieters eating fewer omega-3s. Try the Salmon and Mixed Greens Salad with Walnuts recipe


Chicken Salad with Carrots and Pistachios


Why it's a power salad: The unusual combination of toppings in this salad—grapes, carrots and pistachios—add a fun sweet/savory flavor punch plus pistachios are rich in fibre, protein and heart-smart fat. Try the Chicken Salad with Carrots and Pistachios recipe


Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad


Why it's a power salad: Get full on protein, fiber, and flavor with this Tex-Mex Salad. The combo of black beans, corn, and lettuce provides more than one-third of your daily dose of fiber. Try the Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad recipe


Provencal Chicken and Vegetable Salad


Why it's a power salad: The hard-boiled eggs in this salad are the secret filling ingredient in upping your fullness factor. Studies show that people who ate protein-rich eggs for breakfast were more satisfied and less like to nosh throughout the day compared to those who ate a bagel breakfast. Try the Provencal Chicken and Vegetable Salad recipe


Mexican Beef Taco Salad


Why it's a power salad: This Mexican feast combines all your favorite foods. Using 85% lean beef means you're getting plenty of hunger-busting protein, but less saturated fat. Try the Mexican Beef Taco Salad recipe


Chicken and Cashew Stir-Fry Salad

Why it's a power salad: Cashews are full of good-for-you, monounsaturated fats. Combined with a serving of skinless chicken breast, and you have hearty and flavour-packed recipe. Try the Chicken and Cashew Stir-Fry Salad recipe



Roasted Sweet Potato Salad


Why it's a power salad: This vegetarian recipe won't leave a rumbling stomach. Sweet potatoes are a good source of filling fiber, so you get nearly half your daily intake in this simple salad. Try the Roasted Sweet Potato Salad recipe

 
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