Guest Post: Sheffa Mediterranean Salad Sprinkles
I hope you enjoy this guest post from Jessica, a NYC dietitian who loves blogging about “nutritioulicious” foods – delicious foods that are also nutritious for you!
I love a good salad, one filled with colorful, fresh vegetables, some lean protein, and a serving of healthy fat. I especially like some crunch to my salad – I’m not one for soggy lettuce leaves and oil-laden roasted veggies. Since we eat with all our senses, the sight, sound, and feel of what we eat is as important as how it tastes. When I order a salad at a restaurant or one of the many “make your own” salad bars around, I make sure to include mixed greens with crisp bell peppers and cucumbers, and grape tomatoes that have a little crunch. I top the vegetable base with beans and cheese, canned tuna, or grilled chicken – all of which have a soft texture that balances the crispness of the salad. For a healthy fat, I’ll top my salad with some sliced avocado or a splash of olive oil.
Many people add croutons to their salads for the added crunch they may be missing. I for one am not a fan of croutons, so instead I’ll add some nuts and seeds. Recently I tried a new salad topper that was the perfect nutrient-dense sub for croutons and added the crunch I need: Sheffa Mediterranean Salad Sprinkles.
I received a bag of these salad sprinkles in a gift basket and absolutely love them. They are “lightly seasoned roasted almonds and cashews with toasted soybeans, chickpeas and seeds, deliciously rich in nutrients,” and they are a great vegetarian addition to salads that need an extra boost of healthy fat and protein. The great thing about them is that a little bit goes a long way. One serving is three tablespoons, which is a lot to top a salad, so you likely won’t need the whole amount. A whole serving of Salad Sprinkles does make for a great satiating snack with healthy fat, fiber, and protein.
One serving of Salad Sprinkles contains 145 calories, 10 g total fat (1.3 g saturated fat, 8.7 g unsaturated fat), 8 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein, 60 mg sodium.
What do you like in your salad that adds some crunch?
Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and founder of Nutritioulicious®, a private practice and nutrition consulting business in New York. You can become a fan of Nutritioulicious on Facebook and follow Jessica’s food and nutrition tweets @JlevinsonRD.
Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote Sheffa Mediterranean Salad Sprinkles. All opinions are my own.