Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hard to get that balance

Dan and I are trying to eat a more healthy diet.   Just making small changes that will get us on track.

Since we eat our bigger meal at noon, I often fix a big salad for our evening meal.  The trouble with salads,  they soon become just plain boring.

So, I was excited to find this at Sam’s recently.

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As we all know, beans are good for us in more ways than one.  Here there are five types all ready to spoon on a bed of lettuce.  And, just as I thought, it is very tasty. 

Then, tonight I had the jar out and happened to check the label.

photo (1)Truthfully, we probably only use 1/4 cup, drained, on our tossed salads which is 60 calories—not too bad.  Of course, it would be high in Dietary fiber.  The two figures that disappoint me are Sodium—130 mg for the small 1/4 cup serving and the 6 grams of sugar. 

Even at that, maybe we need to pick our battles.  We don’t need the beans on every salad we fix.  Also, I felt with the beans, I didn’t need hardly any dressing.  Another tradeoff. 

I suppose when it gets right down to it, eating raw, unprocessed vegetables and fruits is the best.  So, all of this just to slip in that I planted three long rows of green beans, one row of onions and some spinach today. Now that is a salad.

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