My wife and I eat a lot of salads. A couple of nights a week, it's the entree.
Eat that much salad and you want to mix it up a bit or it can get mighty boring very quickly. So, we're always adding things to the greens - whether it's a little tuna, some salmon, or banana chips.
The folks at Consumer Reports Shopsmart magazine suggest four add-ins to transform that ho-hum salad and give it more nutritional punch.
1. Think fruit. Whether it's blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. I like raisins, especially golden, and dried cranberries.
2. How about nuts? They add flavor and texture. Nutritionally, nuts add protein and fiber.
3. Grains are another great way to boost fiber and protein. Pick your favorite:
cooked barley, quinoa, faro or spelt. If you're want to avoid gluten, Shopsmart suggests swapping quinoa for croutons, since it's gluten free.
4. And don't forget the legumes: black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney and pinto beans, edamame. All are high in protein and low in calories.