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New Year, New Dieting Solutions with Lean Cuisine Salad Additions

I would be extremely surprised if you don’t know at least one person who has professed to start 2013 with a new attitude to food. Whether that means being healthier, dropping a few pounds or undertaking a complete body makeover, New Year always seems to inspire people to change. Unfortunately for those who are already ‘healthy’ this means crowded gyms and advertisements for weight loss clubs everywhere. The exercise side of it is one thing, but in theory sticking to a healthy diet should be simple, right?

If that were the case then there wouldn’t be so many obesity problems cropping up everywhere. Assuming that changing your diet will be easy is the first mistake that people make and usually results in defeat and groups of people clambering over the latest Pringles offer. In reality it means you’ve got to adopt a whole new hobby and learn fast. All those recipes that are imprinted on your mind are no longer any good and you have to re-learn everything about food. What is the right balance between protein and carbs? How much iron should be in your diet? Who has the time to learn all of this? It’s a slow process and you pick things up along the way, but you’ve got to start somewhere. For those lucky few who can afford the calorie-controlled meals on wheels dieting is easy. For everyone else we need a little helping hand.

Salad When someone mentions dieting the stereotypical image that comes to mind is piles of lettuce and carrots with no flavouring. Yes, salads are great for dieting because they have few calories, are theoretically filling and are full of nutritional goodness (unless smothered in mayonnaise). However, the last thing you want after a satisfying holiday of rich food and plentiful sugary treats is rabbit food. For those in the know creating an exciting salad with numerous flavorsome ingredients is simple, but who really has the time for that? The concept behind Lean Cuisine Salad Additions is simple. You provide the lettuce and they do everything else. If it works for you then pretend you’ve got your own, personal chef at your beck and call.

There are 4 different varieties and each one comes in a steam pouch and can be prepared in minutes. All the choices are made up of chicken, vegetables, dressings and a crunchy topping and can be found in the frozen goods aisle.

Bistro Chicken

  • Asian-Style Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette: Grilled white meat chicken, edamame, pineapple, broccoli and yellow & orange carrots with crispy noodles – Pair with Fresh Express® Romaine Lettuce.
  • Southwest-Style Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing: Grilled white meat chicken, black beans, sweet corn, roasted red peppers and poblano peppers with crispy tortilla strips – Pair with Fresh Express® Romaine Lettuce.
  • Cranberry & Chicken Salad with Raspberry Cabernet Vinaigrette: Grilled white meat chicken, dried cranberries, broccoli, red onions, yellow carrots and a blend of whole grains with crunchy sesame sticks – Pair with Fresh Express® Romaine Lettuce.
  • Bistro Chicken Salad with Sweet & Tangy Vinaigrette with Bacon: Grilled white meat chicken, asparagus, yellow carrots and red peppers with crispy onion straws – Pair with Fresh Express® Baby Spinach.

While many people have the best of intentions with food, their busy schedules prevent these intentions from becoming a reality. These salad additions are simple to put together, delicious and interesting. This makes sticking to a diet much easier and is also a little lesson in what ingredients go well together, so when it comes to making your own versions of these Additions, you’ll know what to do. So, as a way to kickstart your New Years resolution this could be ideal, but don’t forget the lettuce!

About Elizabeth A. Wright