Day 2: Eating Salad for Breakfast-Revisited

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Dr. Joe Galati

My Breakfast Bowl on December 24, 2011

This past summer, I submitted a post and podcast on the virtues of eating salad for breakfast. I still stand by what I said then, and continue to recommend this as an alternative to the usual breakfast of toast and cereal. When discussing breakfast options with patients, my mention of salad for breakfast certainly is something they are not expecting to hear. The general understanding is that salad is for lunch and dinner. Period. Looking a bit closer, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Numerous research studies have shown that skipping breakfast actually leads to obesity-especially in young girls. African American teens are hit the worst.

As an alternative, I recommend salad. The breakfast bowl pictured here is a mixture of Dole Classic Coleslaw (a generous fist-full) and a half cup of fresh blueberries (grown in the USA). This mixture was drizzled with a tablespoon (note: half the recommended serving size) of Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. While rest of my family consumed NY bagels and rolls (we were in NY for Christmas visiting family), I sat content eating my salad.

So what is the take-home message?

As always, you need to think outside of the box. Salad can be a nutritious, filling meal for breakfast to get you off to the right start in the morning. Low in carbohydrates, it won’t slow you down later in the morning. It is packed with fiber and nutrients. Any fruit would do alongside the cabbage or lettuce you decide to use. Limit the dressing. For added protein, add a few slices of chicken breast or lean beef. Fish (yes fish) can also be added for protein.

Give it a try and I am sure you can incorporate salad into you breakfast diet a few times per week.

A list of Dole salad products are available here.

Newman’s Own Lite Dressings are available here.

 

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3 Responses to “Day 2: Eating Salad for Breakfast-Revisited”

  1. Joe Santos 01/07/2012 at 10:58 am #

    I tried salad and it’s a great alternative.

    • Dr. Joe Galati 01/07/2012 at 11:02 am #

      Eating salad is out of the norm as far as breakfast goes. Once you try this, you see what you have been missing as an option in the morning.

      • Rosa 06/25/2012 at 8:08 am #

        Awesome…I made a wonderful salad that I decided to eat for breakfast.
        He has the following: mixed greens, shredded cheese, blueberries, strawberries, portabella mushrooms, grilled chicken breakfast, cherry tomatoes and almonds with a bacon ranch dressing. Yum, Yum, Yummy!

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