I went to see my dietitian a couple of weeks ago, after some of my blood tests revealed that I’m pre-diabetic. It was the same old story: eat more veggies, eat good meats, cut white carbs and sugar. However, she did make one good suggestion that was worth the trip when she said, “If you feel like you don’t like healthy foods, get rid of your idea of healthy foods and find a new one. There’s so much healthy food out there, you’re bound to find something you really love.”
Done and done.
I’ve always thought that I didn’t like salad, but when I “threw out” my idea of what a salad had to look like, I found out that I’m quite the salad eater. It turns out that I don’t like lettuce, but I love salads that have spinach, arugula, or other dark leaves with flavor. I also love salads that feature protein and strong cheeses, so I’ve been adding things like beans and feta to my salads instead of croutons and ranch dressing. Result: I’ve eaten a salad every day for the last two weeks. I’ve lost a bit of weight, but I’m more enthusiastic about potentially stabilizing my insulin a little. I won’t go back to re-test until July, but things are looking up!
To celebrate, I thought I’d introduce you to my current favorite salad:
Spinach and Arugula Salad with Eggs and Blue Cheese
- Washed spinach leaves
- Washed arugula leaves
- Two boiled eggs
- Crumbled blue cheese (you really don’t need much here)
Combine and enjoy, that’s all there is to it! The eggs and blue cheese add enough texture and flavor to this salad to make dressing unnecessary.
I will let you in on a little secret, though. I used to hate boiling eggs because getting the pot out and watching the eggs to make sure they didn’t boil too long just seemed like a big pain. (Have I mentioned that I’m really lazy?) However, I’ve discovered an insanely easy way to boil eggs. Put two eggs into an electric tea pot and fill until there’s about an inch of water above the eggs. Turn the tea pot on and let the water boil. If you’re lucky, you have a tea pot that turns off automatically like ours does. Otherwise, stop the kettle once the water is boiling. Leave the eggs in there for about ten minutes, run cold water through the kettle until the eggs are cool enough to touch, peel, and enjoy!